The union is run by the members, for the members.
The general secretary (GS) is the union’s chief executive officer, who leads the union on a day-to-day basis, supported by the deputy general secretary (DGS). Both are elected, paid union officials and their term of office runs for five years.
Michelle Stanistreet is the elected general secretary of the National Union of Journalists (UK and Ireland).
Michelle worked as a journalist for 10 years at the Sunday Express newspaper as feature writer and books editor.
She was NUJ mother of the chapel at Express Newspapers, as well as the national representative for newspapers and agencies on the NUJ's ruling NEC.
In 2006, she was elected vice-president of the NUJ and in 2007-8 served as the union's president. Michelle became the first woman in the NUJ's history to be elected general secretary in April 2011 and the first woman deputy general secretary elected in 2008.
Read the general secretary's report to NUJ delegate meeting 2012 (members only).
Barry Fitzpatrick was elected as DGS in January 2012.
Barry was FoC at the Sunday Times for 19 years, leaving when elected assistant secretary to the Clerical, Management and Sales (CMS) branch of the Society of Graphical and Allied Trades (SOGAT).
He was a founder member and chair of the press for union rights campaign, which won changes in the law to give unions the legal right to be recognised. Unions recognised by employers can negotiate on pay and other workplace terms and conditions on behalf of their members.
During the Pinochet regime Barry, with other unions, helped create the Chile solidarity campaign which played a significant role in the restoration of democracy in Chile.
Barry has always campaigned for trade union and employment rights and has a successful track record on negotiating better pay and bargaining rights for NUJ members. He believes the union's priorities must include securing decent pension provisions and rights for staff, casual and freelance journalists.
The president, vice-president and honorary general treasurer are members of the NEC who volunteer for election and are known collectively as the national officers.