Running from the 1-2 May, our education and research conference, titled 'Skills for Co-operators in the 21st Century - Learning to do, learning to be' will explore what learning looks like in contemporary times.

We're excited to confirm that Kevin Rowan, Head of the Organisation and Services Department at the TUC, will be speaking at our conference.

Kevin Rowan speaking

Kevin was appointed Head of the Organisation and Services Department of the TUC in April 2013 and Director of unionlearn from January 2017. He leads on issues including public services, trade union renewal, health and wellbeing, learning, skills and trade union education, regional policy and devolution and plays a key role in the TUC’s broader campaign work. 

Prior to taking up his appointment, Kevin was the Regional Secretary of the Northern TUC from July 28 2002 and has also worked for the GMB trade union and in trade union education.

Working life

Kevin began working life in the VSEL shipyard of Barrow in Furness, becoming a trade union representative shortly before his 18th birthday. In 1993 he enrolled on a Government and Public Policy Degree course at the University of Northumbria in Newcastle, where he is a visiting fellow. 

Outside of the TUC Kevin is a Non-Executive Director of the HSE and a member of the Strategic Transport Apprenticeship Taskforce. Kevin joined the board of the Regional Development Agency in December 2002, and was a member of the Education and Skills and the Regeneration Committees.  He was chair of Equality North East, a member of the Regional Equality and Diversity Board, Northumberland LSC and the regional LSC Equality and Diversity Steering Group, the Regional Health at Work Group and Fresh NE; the campaign for a smoke free north east.

Early Bird tickets are now on sale and you can see more details about the conference below.

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