About Johanna

Johanna is the granddaughter of a Killoch Pit miner who has dedicated her life to the Labour movement. She lives in North Ayrshire and works in Glasgow. She is passionate about fighting for equality, workers' rights, public services and the environment.

Johanna has been an activist in the Party for the duration of her 22 years membership, campaigning in every election during that time and taking on roles at every level of the Party. She is currently Chair of Cunninghame North CLP and an elected representative on the Scottish Executive Committee (SEC). She was one of the most active CLP representatives of the National Executive Committee (NEC) when she served between 2010 and 2016. She previously helped run one of the largest CLPs in London (Camberwell & Peckham), first as an Organiser and then as CLP Secretary for over 13 years. She has also been the Chair of a Local Campaigns Forum, a candidate in the Scottish Parliamentary elections and an election agent.

Johanna consistently fought to ensure the NEC became more open an transparent during her tenure - she produced regular reports of NEC meetings, personally visited over 180 different CLPs to speak with and consult with members and campaigned to secure the commitment to abolishing Employment Tribunal Fees in 2015 manifesto. She holds a degree in Politics and Law and a Postgraduate certificate in Employment Law.

She worked part time in a call centre for a large telecommunications company to fund her university education where she became the local representative of the Communication Workers Union. After university Johanna secured a place on the Trades Union Congress’s (TUC) Organising Academy and from there went on to become a Negotiations Officer with the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), then worked as an Officer for the Prospect Union and now works for Unison. She has been a member of the CWU for nearly 20 years and a member of the GMB for over 10 years.

My Commitments To You:

· I will fight for CLP NEC representatives to be elected regionally to ensure that members from all parts of the country have a voice on the NEC.
· I will fight for the restoration of the electoral college to reduce the barriers to involvement of our affiliate organisations and to preserve the value of Party membership.
· I will fight for greater use of new technology to allow us to reach out to and involve non-members in shaping the future of the Party and our policy platform.
· I will keep you informed of what is going on at the NEC through regular reports and constituency visits.
· I will fight for a zero tolerance approach to bullying and harassment of any form within our Party