Trish Lavelle

Head of Education

Trish Lavelle has been a trade union activist for over 21 years. With her former union BECTU, she served as workplace representative, Branch Secretary, NEC member, Regional Officer, eventually working for the union for 7 years as a National Officer and Training Officer. During that time, she represented members working in Broadcasting, Film, Multimedia, Theatre and the Arts.

Trish took up the newly created post of Head of Education and Training with the CWU in 2002, and was responsible for merging the work of two departments and building a new team to deliver our extensive activists training programme, whilst also developing new learning services for our members.

Trish views her job as the probably the most satisfying and rewarding job in the union, and considers it as a great privilege to work for a union with such a rich history of educating working class people.

She believes that one of our great strengths is the immense support for education and training in the CWU, among Branches, rank and file members and activists, and is always inspired by the commitment shown by our reps to educate themselves in order to improve the lives of our members.

Trish has a great interest in International Solidarity Education work and has helped the CWU forge close links with our sister union in the Philippines, the MKP. She would sum up her attitude to education with a quote from Nelson Mandela; “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

When not working, Trish spends time allotment gardening, watching Nottingham Forest, listening to Northern Soul and spending time with her husband, two children and large extended family (but not necessarily in that order).