Paddy Lillis took over the role of General Secretary on 2 July 2018. In November 2017, he was elected to succeed John Hannett as Usdaw’s next General Secretary. Paddy received overwhelming support from the Union’s branches across the UK for his nomination.
Paddy served as Deputy General Secretary of Usdaw for 14 years. He co-ordinated the Union’s recruitment campaigns, and the work of the very successful Organising Academy. In the last 14 years, the Union’s recruitment and organising strategy has helped Usdaw to grow by more than 100,000 members.
As Deputy General Secretary, Paddy led a major project to Support and Develop Usdaw Reps. This project has improved the Union’s processes with the aim of getting more people to become reps, ensuring that new reps get on to training courses more quickly and supporting them in this crucial role for the Union.
Lifelong Learning has been a key priority for Paddy. He is Chair of Usdaw's National Lifelong Learning Steering Group. He has been active in promoting the importance of Lifelong Learning for Usdaw members.
Paddy is one of the Trade Union representatives on the Labour Party’s National Executive Committee (NEC). Paddy plays an active role in Labour’s National Policy Forum process and has been influential in making the case for Usdaw policies. He is also a regular member of the Usdaw delegation to the Trade Union Congress, where he has brought forward key issues affecting Usdaw members, such as insecure work and underemployment.
Paddy has been an Usdaw member for over 35 years. He joined Usdaw when he was employed as a heavy goods driver at Abbey Meat Packers in Newtonabbey, County Antrim in Northern Ireland.
He was appointed to the role of Usdaw Area Organiser in 1989. He worked as an Area Organiser at the Union's Bristol office for 8 years before becoming the Divisional Officer for South Wales and Western Division in 1997. He was elected as Deputy General Secretary in 2004.
Paddy Lillis biography correct at July 2018.
In February 2018 Amy Murphy was elected by members to succeed Jeff Broome as Usdaw President.
Amy became a Rep and a Health and Safety Rep in 1999 and then Branch Secretary 10 years later. She hasalso held the position of Union Learning Rep and was Divisional Councillor for 9 years. In 2012 Amywas elected to represent the Southern Division on the Executive Council, where she served for 6 years beforebeing elected President.
As a retail worker who has worked for Tesco for 25 years and a lifelong trade unionist Amy’s varied experience both within Tesco and Usdaw gives her a good insight into the issues that affect Usdaw members.
Amy Murphy biography correct at July 2018.