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National CWUYouth Committee

The CWUYouth exists to co-ordinate and advance the interests of our 20,000 members under the age of 30. Its 10 members are annually elected by Conference each year and they are augmented by 2 members of the National Executive Council and supported by an officerial team at head office.

Meet the committee:


Ben Abrams

Youth Committee Chair

Branch: Leeds No 1 Amal
Region: North East
Employer: Parcelforce

I am my site sub-rep for Parcelforce Worldwide customer services, where I've been an active member of the CWU since 2011. I currently hold the positions of Branch youth Officer and Regional Youth Secretary.

I was honoured to be re-elected as Chair of the Youth Committee to serve my second term on the committee. I'm looking forward to the year ahead.

I love to go mountain biking, photography and have a keen interest in cooking and actually grow a lot of my own vegetables on my allotment!


Jake Fear

Youth Committee Vice Chair
Branch: South Wales
Region: Wales
Employer: BT Openreach

Hi my names Jake Fear and I work for BT Openreach in West Wales as a customer service engineer and am a Branch Youth Officer for the South Wales Branch. I joined the CWU in 2011 and have been active since 2013. I enjoy motorsports especially motocross and travel around the U.K in my spare time watching major events. I also enjoy music and play the guitar, not very well though!

Being part of the CWU Youth Committee is a huge privilege and am excited for the oncoming year. I hope to network myself with more people and learn new skills I need to progress me. The CWU Youth is a great way to do this as they hold some amazing events throughout the year and everybody is so supportive. I feel grateful for this opportunity and I hope more young members will get involved this year and come and see what we have to offer.


Charlotte Regan

Branch: Greater London Combined
Region: London
Employer: BT Openreach

I work for Openreach and am on full time union duties for the CWU. My branch is Greater London Combined. I have been actively involved in the union for 7years and this is my 5th year on the committee. I hope the year ahead is positive and that we can get more young members to our events to show them the importance of having a voice.


Alan Bebbington

Branch: Cheshire No 1
Region: North West
Employer: Royal Mail

I am currently the branch youth rep for the branch, Sub IR rep for my delivery office and also a national members auditor.

I have been working for Royal Mail in delivery for 7 years and have been actively involved in the union for over 5 years.

My hobbies include online gaming, watching films and going out socialising.


Becca Hufton

Branch: Kent Invicta
Region: South East
Employer: Royal Mail

I am in my second term as a member of the national youth committee, I am still on my branch and also my regional youth committee. I have become more active within my regions women's committee in which I am the assistant women's secretary, and I also hold an IR position within my office of work. I feel it is extremely important to keep up a positive level of communication to ensure that all parties involved are aware of what is happening.

I am extremely proud to say that I now represent our union on the UNI global- Europa youth steering committee, not only do I sit on this committee I am also a vice president. An important thing I took away from this journey is that if you put the work and effort in to every task you undertake then you will succeed. There are two key factors that allowed me to get to the positions I have been entrusted with, and that is my branch family and my motivation.

If you believe you can do it, work for it, you will achieve! :)


Gary Daw

Branch: Plymouth & East Cornwall
Region: South West
Employer: Royal Mail

Hi all, my name is Gary Daw and I am delighted to have been elected as the South West Region National Youth Representive, here is a little about me.

Union History: I joined the CWU in 2011 and for the first 2 years was just a member before I found out about CWU Youth and in April 2011 I became Plymouth and East Cornwall Amal's Youth Officer. In 2014 I also became my branch's Political Officer after I joined the labour party earlier that year. I have achieved Union Skills 1 and 2 qualifications and passed the mandatory Equality and Diversity Course. I have attended General and Postal conference twice and many CWU Youth events since becoming an officer.

Personal Life: My main hobby is football and I am a massive Manchester United fan; I know that may upset some of you. I play football every Monday night, I'm not great but it's a laugh. I also enjoy watching movies and socialising, as I'm sure you will all know if you've met me before. If you haven't met me I'm sure you will over the next year. I look forward to seeing you all at the next CWU Youth event.


Pesh Patel

Branch: Birmingham, Black Country & Worcester
Region: Midlands


Colm McAuley

Branch: Northern Ireland Combined
Region: Northern Ireland
Employer: Royal Mail

I am currently the branch youth rep for the branch. I am a member of the National Youth Committee.

I am 25 years old, married and have 3 kids; 8 years old and 2 year old twins!

I have been working for Royal Mail delivery for 6 years and have been actively involved in the union for 3.5 years.

I am also a keen sportsman as I play soccer GAA and Aussie Rules. I follow Glasgow Celtic Football Club.


Jordan Craig

Branch: Eastern No 3
Region: Eastern
Employer: Royal Mail

I work as a postman in Norwich, and have done for just over 5 years. I've been involved in the union as the branch youth officer for the last 18 months. This is a new chapter for myself, and I'm looking forward to the year ahead, and positive that I can make a huge contribution to the CWU and the youth movement.

Outside of work, I play 7 aside football regularly, and fair amount of time is now taken up with the Army Reserve. I hope to show those who want to get involved with the union, that no matter how much time you have, how inexperienced you are, that you just have to go for it.

I look forward to working with the rest of the committee, to inspire more of our young members to get involved and become the future of the union.

Head Office Support:

Brendan O'Brien, NEC
Mahmood Ali, NEC

Simon Sapper, National Officer
Jo Thair, PA

Head office Contact Email:

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