Marina Glasgow announced as Acas's first woman deputy chief conciliator

Marina Glasgow has been announced as the first woman to take up the role of Deputy Chief Conciliator at the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas). Marina has worked for Acas in the East of England since 2001 and is a very experienced mediator and conciliator.

Acas can help unions and employers resolve their workplace disputes through its free, impartial and trusted collective conciliation service. The Deputy Chief Conciliator at Acas is an expert in the profession and leads on high profile and large-scale disputes.

Acas Chief Executive, Susan Clews, said:

"I am delighted that Marina has been appointed as our new Deputy Chief Conciliator. Marina is the first woman to take on this role and her wealth of experience in employment relations will be invaluable. 

"Marina has worked on some very challenging and high profile disputes during her years at Acas across a range of sectors including transport, logistics and the public sector. 

"Research has shown that our collective conciliation work brings a very significant benefit to the economy, assessed as £81 for every £1 spent. This is because of the potential impact when disputes are not resolved."

Marina Glasgow said: 

"I am honoured to be taking on this role and to be the first woman Deputy Chief Conciliator in Acas's history. 

"For over 40 years, Acas has been resolving numerous workplace disputes between groups of workers and their employers. We helped to settle 4 out of 5 of these disputes over the past year.

"Our collective conciliation service has dealt with several high profile disputes across the whole of the UK including major transport networks and their trade unions over the past year, helping them to reach resolutions that work for them and their customers."

During 2018 to 2019, Acas was involved in more than 600 national and regional disputes and assisted employers and unions in a wide range of employment issues. Pay or pay-related matters were the top cause of disputes. 

Marina Glasgow started in her new role on 17 February 2020. 

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Background notes

  1. Marina joined Acas in 2001 following a career in the Civil Service that has taken her from the Department of Employment, through the Ministry of Defence, to Acas. During her career, she has held a varied range of roles covering procurement, contracts, corporate functions and even as a claims officer in Bosnia. 
  2. Marina Glasgow took up her new role on 17 February 2020 and will be the first woman to hold the position. 
  3. Acas continued to conciliate to prevent or resolve disputes between groups of workers and their employers with 607 national and regional disputes in a wide range of sectors in 2018 to 2019. Pay or pay-related matters were the top cause of disputes. Acas helped to settle 84% of these disputes.