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Brendan Barber welcomes appointment of Sally Hunt onto Acas Council

Friday 27 March 2015

The Government has today announced the appointment of Sally Hunt as a new employee representative on the Acas Council.

The Acas Council consists of the Chair and eleven employer, employee and independent members, appointed by the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Acas Chair, Sir Brendan Barber, said:

"I am delighted to welcome Sally Hunt as our new Acas Council member. Her wealth of experience and skills in employment relations, particularly within higher education, will be invaluable in our role as independent, impartial and trusted workplace experts.

"The Council sets out Acas' strategic direction, policies and priorities. I look forward to working with Sally to maintain our reputation as Britain's leading advisory service on workplace relations."

Sally Hunt takes up her role from today, 27 March 2015, and the appointment will last three years.

Notes to editors

  1. Sally Hunt is general secretary of the University and College Union (UCU) - the world's largest post-school education trade union.
    Sally's first job in the trade union movement was a senior research officer with the financial trade union now known as Accord. Following that she was assistant general secretary of the Nationwide Group Staff Union.
    In 1995 Sally joined the Association of University Teachers as assistant general secretary. She was elected its general secretary 2002 and led the union through a merger with the National Association of Teachers in Further and Higher Education which formed UCU.
    Sally is the TUC's spokesperson on international issues and represents the TUC at the European Trade Union Confederation and International Trade Union Confederation. She is a patron of War on Want.
    Away from work she enjoys spending time with her daughter and is an Arsenal supporter.
  2. Acas stands for Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service.  Acas provides free and impartial information and advice to employers and employees on all aspects of workplace relations and employment law. We support good relationships between employers and employees which underpin business success. We also provide good value, high quality training and tailored advice to employers. Our expertise is based on millions of contacts with employers and employees each year.  Acas is an independent and impartial statutory body governed by a Council made up of members from business, trade unions, academia and the law.
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