NEU Equality Conferences

There are three annual conferences for

These conferences meet annually and agree a motion which is sent forward to NEU National Conference. For more details of these conferences please email

These three groups also have their own Reserved Place National Executive Member. This is because members of these groups are in a minority in the Union and they are under-represented.

These are the current seatholders:

Black Members: Den Henry

You can contact Den direct at

Disabled Members: Colleen Johnson

You can contact Colleen direct at

LGBT+ Members: Kacey de Groot

You can contact Annette direct at

These executive members also represent the union on the relevant TUC equality committees.


3f678c73-4adf-418c-a731-7b6521e9f675Women make up 76% of the Union and although they are still underrepresented, they are not a minority group.

The strategy of the Union has therefore been to increase the engagement of women at all levels of the union through a holistic approach to training, membership, activism, membership on delegations and action.

There is no single reserved Executive seat for women. Instead, there is a rule that the National Executive must be made up of at least 50% female representatives.

There were plans to hold a national women’s conference in 2020 but Covid-19 means that all such conferences are unlikely to take place in person this year.

Chair of the Women’s Organising Forum: Heather Mckenzie

Heather is also the NEU representative on the TUC Women’s Committee.

You can contact Heather direct at

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