Maureen Le Marinel
Maureen Le Marinel, branch secretary for UNISON's Lancashire Police branch, was elected president of the union at its national conference in June 2013.
is the first gay woman to hold this office in the union.
Maureen's long-term commitment to trade unions started in 1984.
After being discharged from the army for being gay, she
took a job in Lancashire police's control room.
six-month review, she
came out at work.
then became a target for bullying by senior members of the force.
spoke to her
union Nalgo, which later merged to form UNISON
, and after one phone call, all the staff who were bullying her
was told she
would never have to work with any of these people again.
A photo of the presidential team
l-r: Lucia McKeever (vice president), Maureen Le Marinel (president), Wendy Nichols (vice president) Photo: Amanda Kendal
Maureen has been sitting on regional committees since the early 90s.
She became the police staff representative on the national police forum in 2000, and joined the national executive council (NEC), the union's highest lay body, in 2003.
time on the presidential team, Maureen
will be focussing on pushing the union's agenda of fairness forward.
"Throughout my life, fairness has always been key.
is not a banging on the table type of union - we want to find a fair and reasonable solution that is best for everyone.
This is a guiding principle that will take me through my presidential term, as I help the union, and public services, face head on some of the biggest challenges that we have faced in my lifetime."
In 2006, Maureen
was married in a civil partnership to Michelle, who she
met at UNISON's
national delegate conference in 2003.
enjoys spending time with her
family, and is a keen ten-pin bowler.
UNISON president Maureen Le Marinel is supporting the charity United Kingdom Acquired Brain Injury Fund (UKABIF) during her year as UNISON president.