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PSC Executive Committee Ordinary Member 2022 nominations

Ordinary Members (8 Places)

Iyas Al Qasem
I chair Kingston & Richmond PSC, and am lucky to work with an active and dedicated committee. Last year, it was my privilege to chair the group assigned to take the AGM online. This year, I had a similar privilege chairing the working group to redraft the PSC constitution. My fortunate knack seems to be that I can support great people to work together to do challenging things. At work, I help company leaders implement values-led strategies, and in my spare time, run a small charity supporting Palestinian children in refugee camps or under occupation. I am Palestinian from Nablus.

Proposer: Salim Alam
Seconder: Sorcha Thomson

Sybil Cock
I have been an energetic member of the EC, and a PSC volunteer, for several years and feel I have more to contribute. My priorities are local campaigning with my branch in East London and pushing the Israeli Apartheid narrative in as many arenas as possible. It is important that PSC is guided by the voices of activists on the ground, and that we also give full support to our excellent staff. I have helped to set p new branches. In the next year I hope again to facilitate visits of Trades Unionists to Palestine, and visiting speakers, especially women.

Proposer: Miriam Scharf
Seconder: Guy Shennan

Ed McNally
I’m standing for re-election to help make PSC even bigger and stronger in 2022. It’s been a privilege to serve on the EC during an important year of growth for PSC. I’ve consulted on the development of our political strategy and trade union liaison work, assisted with youth & student organising, and been proudly involved in coordinating speakers for the massive demos.

Proposer: Kamel Hawwash
Seconder: Averil Parkinson

Bernard Regan
Current PSC Executive Committee Member. Enfield Branch. Activist for 40 years. Former PSC Trade Union Liaison Officer. I have spoken on webinars and in schools, universities, Labour Party, and trade unions. Author ‘The Balfour Declaration’ (Verso). I wrote the groundbreaking 2006 TUC motion on Palestine. I have worked to build a broad-based inclusive campaign, like the Anti-Apartheid Movement, to end British government complicity in the oppression of the Palestinians. I would like the Branch Forum to be used to exchange ideas and information on
how to reach out to wider groups like Black Lives Matter and Climate Change activists.

Proposer: Kamel Hawwash
Seconder: Louise Regan

Neha Shah
I’m seeking re-election to the EC to continue building PSC’s impact and strength. I bring campaigning experience as a committed member of Oxford PSC, PSC’s Youth and Student committee and as an NEU activist. I am also an experienced anti-racist and migrant justice organiser.

Proposer: Iyas Al Qasem
Seconder: Pam Parsons

Julia Simpkins
As a member of Manchester PSC and have been active locally in the action to close the Elbit factory in Oldham. In May we held the largest demonstration ever seen in Bolton town square during the increased bombing of Gaza. I visited Palestine with two NEU delegations and several times alone to bring a group of Palestinian children to Bolton. I have addressed many groups around the country on the situation in Palestine. I am the vice chair of the NEU’s International Solidarity Officers forum. I seek re-election and want to continue working to support the people of Palestine.

Proposer: Eileen Murphy
Seconder: Sue Piper

Alex Snowden
As Chair of Newcastle PSC since 2009, I have been centrally involved in organising many demonstrations, conferences, fundraisers, campaigns and public meetings for Palestine in north-east England. This includes important marches and rallies in Newcastle last May. I have a long record of organising in Stop the War Coalition and am international solidarity officer in my National Education Union branch. I am a current PSC Executive Committee member, committed to helping PSC become
the mass anti-apartheid movement we need. Top priorities include a sustained focus on BDS campaigns, popularising the apartheid narrative and building alliances, especially with trade unions.

Proposer: Louise Regan
Seconder: Sybil Cock