Every two years, the NUJ delegate meeting meets to decide on a range of issues including union policies, campaign priorities and changes to the rules. The delegate meeting brings together representatives of NUJ branches, group chapels and councils.

National Executive Council

Between delegate meetings, the National Executive Council (NEC) is responsible for enacting the instructions of the delegate meeting. All but one member of the NEC are elected from the membership every two years and are unpaid.

The union's general secretary also sits on the NEC. The general secretary is an elected, paid union official whose term of office runs for five years.

The union's national officers, the president, vice-president and honorary general treasurer are elected from the membership of the NEC for the two-year period between delegate meetings.

General secretary

Michelle Stanistreet
  • General Secretary
  • NUJ

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 deputy general secretary elected in 2008 and general secretary in April 2011.

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Third term for Michelle
  • 13 May 2021
  • News


National officers

The union's national officers, the president, vice-president and honorary general treasurer are elected from the membership of the NEC for the two-year period between delegate meetings.

Sian Jones
  • President, NEC rep for PR and communications
  • NUJ

Sian works full time as Head of Communications for a busy trade union. She has held senior media roles in the Labour Party and has experience in both internal and external communications in the private and not-for-profit sectors.

A member of the PR and Communications branch and a mum of two, Sian is endlessly proud of the work the NUJ does on behalf of members.

Pierre Vicary
  • Vice president, NEC rep for London
  • NUJ

Pierre is a radio producer at the British Broadcasting Corporation.

John Barsby
  • Honorary general treasurer, NEC rep for East Anglia
  • NUJ

John 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. 

He has been the longest-serving chair of the Broadcasting Industrial Council. Much of his work is involved in BBC negotiations and representing members in regional television and local radio.

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