All branches in the East Midlands elect delegates to the regional council, the senior membership body which overseas the work of the region representing and supporting members. It also includes delegates from the service groups and self-organised groups in the region.
The regional council meets four times a year. One of those meetings is the annual general meeting which elects a regional committee (which meets between regional council meetings) and a regional convenor, who is the senior lay member.
The current joint regional convenors are Chris Tansley and Roz Norman.
There are also regional structures for each of UNISON’s seven service groups and membership groups.
UNISON also employs staff in the region to support branches and members, including regional organisers, area organisers and local organisers who work closely with branches.
Staff in the region are headed by full-time regional secretary Helen Black.