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, the general secretary is an elected, paid union official 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).
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.