I worked for 18 years as a primary school teacher in Renfrewshire until I was seconded to the EIS. I was a school rep for many years where I enjoyed helping members with a wide range of issues and keeping them informed about the latest EIS campaigns and news. I was also President of EIS Renfrewshire and Chair of the Local Joint Negotiating Committee. I am thoroughly enjoying my new role as an Organiser, especially the opportunities it has already given me to meet and engage with our members across the country.
I started out teaching secondary English in Dumfries and Galloway in 1997, before moving to South Lanarkshire where I worked as an English Teacher, Principal Teacher Pupil Support and Faculty Head of English and Drama. I have been an EIS school rep for most of my career and served two terms as South Lanarkshire Local Association President. Prior to my recent appointment as National Officer, I was EIS Local Association Secretary for South Lanarkshire. Professionally, I am a keen advocate of Scots Language teaching, and outside work my interests include football, pub quizzes and literature.
Liam’s first involvement with trade unions was as a Unite youth activist, campaigning on issues such as the living wage and precarious work. When elected as Vice President at Strathclyde Student’s Union (2016-18), he helped coordinate union solidarity efforts with striking workers on and off campus. As NUS Scotland President (2018-20) he worked closely with education unions, lobbying government on funding, and encouraging student-staff solidarity on campuses. Moreover, he supported the STUC on equalities and young members, striking college and university lecturers while building student support for their disputes, and Unite’s efforts to support students working in the hospitality sector.
I started my trade union journey nearly 30 years ago with the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) where I was a brigade and national official involved in campaigning, collective bargaining, and representing members with workplace issues. I am proud to still hold an out of trade membership for the FBU. More recently for the last 9 years I was head of curriculum in a TUC Education Centre in Glasgow, where I was responsible for the organisation and delivery of TUC and affiliate trade union education programs. I am delighted to become part of the EIS and am looking forward to my role as an Area Officer.