The President, Vice-President and Honorary General Treasurer are members who volunteer for election and are known collectively as the national officers. Members standing for election as President and Vice- President have to be members of the NEC.
Current national officers (2014-2016)
Adam Christie and Andy Smith (job-share)
Adam represents the Yorkshire, Humber & NE England on NEC and the Y&H region on the freelance industrial council. He has produced the annual Freelance Market Monitor for the council and updated the Freelance Fact Pack. He has worked as a sub on the Yorkshire Post, produces a regional magazine for the TUC's unionlearn section and works with several non-profit organisations. He has a backgound that includes corporate communications, PR and health education and has written books on the organisational implications of HIV/Aids and letter-writing. He worked regularly on Ceefex regional pages for the BBC in Leeds, then BBC Online - until budget cuts got him. As editor of the Leeds branch newsletter for many years, he said: "Chasing stories and envelope-stuffing has given me a unique view of changes in journalism, seeing where the jobs are and who has them."
Andy represents the book sector of the union on the NEC. Born and brought up in Bristol, Andy graduated from Hatfield Polytechnic in 1989 with a degree in mathematics and physics. He started at Taylor & Francis academic publishers as a journals production editor in 1990 and has worked freelance and in house, editing academic journals, principally covering physics and chemistry, including eight years at John Wiley in Chichester. Andy has been active in the NUJ since his time at T&F, including terms on the NEC from 1999.
Adam and Andy were elected unopposed as president (job-share) at the Delegate Meeting 2014 in Eastbourne.
Tim Dawson represents freelances on the NEC and chairs the Freelance Industrial Council. Professionally he is a reporter and feature writer whose work has appeared in The Sunday Times for the past 15 years.
He is a former Scotland correspondent for the New Statesman and reporter for the US magazine People Weekly. He edits a cycling books website, co-edits the new model journalism website and teaches the NUJ professional training course Making Internet Journalism Pay.
He was elected at the Delegate Meeting in Eastbourne 2014.
John Barsby represents East Anglia on the NEC. NUJ Member of Honour, former president and long-serving member of the NEC, John has chaired Finance Committee for several years and has been the longest-serving chair of the Broadcasting Industrial Council, of which he is now vice-chair. Much of his work is involved in BBC negotiations and representing members in regional television and local radio. He also chairs the European Federation of Journalists' Broadcasting Experts Group (BREG).
John was elected as the union's Honorary General Treasurer at the Delegate Meeting 2014 in Eastbourne.
List of former presidents
|R C Spencer||Birmingham||1907-09|
|G H Lethem||Leeds||1908-11|
|J H Hartley||Birmingham||1911-13|
|W T A Beare||Manchester||1913-14|
|F E Hamer||Liverpool||1914-16|
|J E Brown||Cardiff||1920-21|
|T A Davies||Nottingham||1922-23|
|T K Sledge||Southport||1924-25|
|T S Dickson||Birmingham||1925-26|
|A J Rhodes||Edinburgh||1926-27|
|H A Raybould||Plymouth||1927-28|
|F W Bill||London||1928-29|
|H D Nichols||Cheltenham||1929-30|
|W G Mitchell||Manchester||1930-31|
|J G Gregson||Harrogate||1932-33|
|J H Aitken||Newport (Mon.)||1933-34|
|E J T Didymus||Stirling||1934-35|
|R S Forsyth||Southampton||1935-36|
|F G Humphrey||Carlisle||1936-37|
|F P Dickinson||Torquay||1937-38|
|E S Bardsley||Brighton||1938-39|
|J W T Ley||Bristol||1939-40|
|E E Hunter||Leicester||1940-41|
|D M Elliot||Leeds||1942|
|R J Finnemore||Manchester||1944-45|
|A J Gibson||London||1945-46|
|J E Jay||Hastings||1947-48|
|L R Aldous||Scarborough||1948-49|
|H D Moxley||Weymouth||1949-50|
|H J Bradley||Bath||1951-52|
|P W Jarrett||Douglas (IOM)||1953-54|
|E A Lofts||Harrogate||1954-55|
|A D Ramsay||Margate||1955-56|
|G R Mead||Douglas (IOM)||1958-59|
|R G Venmore-Rowland||Brighton||1959-60|
|M J Williamson||Exmouth||1960-61|
|P G Reid||Edinburgh||1961-62|
|K L Ley||Folkstone||1962-63|
|L H Kirwan||Southsea||1965-66|
|D C Tuckett||Scarborough||1966-67|
|G A Hutt||Manchester||1967-68|
|K H Holmes||Eastbourne||1968-69|
|C Kilner||Douglas (IOM)||1969-70|
|D W Rees||Bournemouth||1971-72|
|W J Bailey||Newcastle||1973-74|
|D Macshane||Whitley Bay||1978-79|
|B Gunnell & S MccGwire||Sheffield||1988-89|
|J Boumelha & R Trevor||London||1992-93|
|D Toomer||Ennis, Co. Clare||2000-2001|