Chris Dando

I am currently the president of the defence sector group and joint chair of the MOD trade union side, having been an activist all my working life.

During the pandemic we were able to negotiate policies and protocols that protected members across the defence sector, from equipment to enable the vast majority to work safely from home to robust Covid mitigations to protect those who had to attend a workplace.

We are now using that experience to develop hybrid working arrangements, where staff will be able to work from home where it is practicable for them to do so.

Our union needs to adapt to this changed world of work, where increasingly we will find members and potential members working from a variety of locations, not just in one workplace.

As an experienced national negotiator, I believe that I can add a different perspective to the work of the national executive committee.

We are engaged in a fight for the future of the public sector. It’s time for us all to get involved.

I am a lifelong socialist and member of left unity, with wider experience from being a local councillor and chair of a secondary school governing body.