James Doherty has been appointed president of the NUJ following the end of Michelle Stanistreet’s tenure.
The former vice-president and NEC member works as a media manager for Glasgow City Council and will be in the post until the next ADM, which takes place in Southport in November next year.
Sunday Express journalist Stanistreet is one of two senior union figures in the race for the post of deputy general secretary along with freelance organiser John Toner, following the departure of John Fray. The winner will be chosen by union members in May.
An overwhelmed Kevin Cooper, a lifelong union organiser, became a member of honour in his home city of Belfast at last weekend’s ADM – the highest honour the union can bestow. Cooper was given the award for 30 years of activism in Northern Ireland.
Three activists were given gold badge awards for their campaigning and organising work in their chapels. They were: Tony Harcup of Leeds Branch, a journalism lecturer at Sheffield University; Brid Fitzpatrick from the NUJ Newcastle branch, a BBC producer; and Netherlands branch secretary Belinda Stratton.