Gerry, a primary and post-primary teacher and principal of St Mary's Primary School since 2002, joins the INTO Northern office as Northern Secretary. He previously taught in St Aidan’s PS, Corpus Christi College and Little Flower Secondary School in Belfast and in Wembley in London. Gerry is a graduate of Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Ulster Jordanstown.
He has been a trade union representative at all levels of the INTO in the North serving at branch and district level and on the union’s Northern Committee. He was also Chairperson of the Belfast West Branch, the largest branch in the North. He is a member of the Northern Ireland Teachers’ Council and was the lead person for the INTO on pensions and retirement planning to the Curran Tribunal.
Gerry has a particular interest in Traveller Education and represented the INTO on the Taskforce for Traveller Education in the north. He is a member of the Keady Regeneration Committee, a sub-committee of Armagh City Council.
Tony graduated from Queens University with an Honours Degree in Biochemistry. He also holds a formal postgraduate qualification in Computer Science and is a Graduate Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development.
Prior to joining INTO, Tony was Staff Side Secretary for the Royal Group of Hospitals where he managed collective bargaining arrangements for 18 trade unions and 6,500 employees. He was also the AMICUS Trade Union Official in the Health Service dealing with a broad and comprehensive range of industrial matters.
Within INTO Tony is responsible for management of queries and casework in the Northern Office, including the processing of industrial tribunal claims and settlements. He is also responsible for advising the INTO on Equality matters, changes to employment law and industrial relations procedure and practice.
Tony is also responsible for the training of INTO Health and Safety representatives.
Brendan served on the Northern Committee for 27 years, including 13 years on the Teachers' Salaries and Conditions of Service Negotiating Committee, before taking up the post of Senior Official in Northern Office. Brendan's areas of responsibility include: serving and developing the Education Policy Group; professional development and trade union training; industrial relations; Nursery, Primary and Secondary policy review
Nuala taught in Holy Family PS Belfast before taking up post as an Official in INTO Northern Office in 1995, with responsibility for Education Policy development and Professional Issues.
In 2000 she was promoted to Senior Official with additional management responsibilities for Recruitment, Membership, and Training.
In 2005 Nuala completed a Masters Degree in Educational Management and took a career break to work as an Education Adviser with the Post Primary Review of Catholic Education.
On return from career break in January 2011 she resumed her role and responsibilities as Senior Official with the additional responsibility of School Leadership.
Office Manager and PA to Northern Secretary