The directors

DaveDave McCall
Until his retirement in 2008, Dave McCall was Regional Secretary of the Transport and General Workers' Union from 1996 and Chair of the Northwest Trades Union Congress (TUC) from 2002.  He had been a full time trade union official since 1980 and served on the Northwest Industrial Development Board.  He was also on the governing body of Manchester Metropolitan University. From 2003 until 2009, he also on the Board of the North West Development Agency and, as part of those duties, he was Chair of the Agency's Equality and Economic Inclusion Sub-Committee. Dave was a founder-member of Migrant Workers North West and has been the organisation's Chairperson since it was established. He was born in Liverpool and is married with four children and thirteen grandkids.


SimonDr Simon Pemberton
Senior Lecturer in Urban Geography and Planning at the University of Birmingham. Simon has wide-ranging interests in urban and rural policy; community planning; social inclusion; and the policies and politics of managed migration. In this respect, Simon initially managed an urban regeneration department of some 42 staff before moving on to become Director of the Merseyside Social Inclusion Observatory at the University of Liverpool between 2004 and 2010. Simon has published widely in all of these research areas and has appeared in the national media in terms of providing advice to government ministers.


Frank HontFrank Hont
Former Regional Secretary of UNISON North West

The North West Region of UNISON covers an area from Cumbria through Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Cheshire. We represent and negotiate on behalf of 188,000 members – working in Local Government, the Health Service, Utilities, Transport and Education.  

The North West is the largest of UNISON's 12 regions and nationally the union has a membership in excess of 1.3 million – 74% of whom are women.

UNISON has a long history of campaigning on issues that affect its membership and in the North West this campaigning activity has concentrated on the defence and promotion of public services and opposition to racism in all its forms.

Before being appointed as Regional Secretary in February 2003 Frank was active in UNISON at Branch, Regional and National level in UNISON and was an elected member of the union’s National Executive Council (NEC).  He worked in Local Government as a front line service manager for Cheshire County Council.


EricProfessor Erik Bichard
Erik Bichard is Professor of Regeneration and Sustainable Development at the University of Salford, in Greater Manchester. During his career, he has worked as a sustainable change practitioner in the public, private, third and now the academic sector. Until June 2007, and for ten years, he was Executive Director of the UK National Centre for Business & Sustainability. In addition to his role at Salford, he has his own consultancy practice.

In the past he has been Co-operatives UK’s sustainability advisor, and currently performs the same function for the City of Liverpool. He is a member of the UK Sustainable Development Panel, and is a non-executive director for the social enterprise FRC Group, and Migrant Workers North West.

He is a frequent contributor to newspaper, TV and radio programmes covering a range of sustainability issues. His most recent book, ‘Positively Responsible’ deals with winning ways to motivate people to make sustainable decisions. He is currently collaborating with the Environment Agency to change community behaviour towards climate change.

His earlier work has included proposals for sustainable change through public sector governance, social enterprises, recycling, the contribution to society by ethnic minorities and disabled people, and the relationship between health in the workplace and sustainable performance in business.


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