Michael Barton, National Chairman
I joined PAT, as it was then, as a student member in 1976, so I have already been on a 36 year ‘journey’ with this union. In some ways, however, it is only just the beginning!
Council and Chairman
I first served on our National Council, representing the South East Region, from 1980 until 1985. In 2007, I was elected to our National Council again, returning after working for 22 years at local and regional levels in many different roles, including Branch and Federation Chairman, Federation Treasurer, Federation Secretary and Honorary Field Officer.
I became Deputy Honorary Secretary in 2010, then National Vice Chairman in 2011.
I firmly believe that there has never been a time when our moderate and flexible, but persistent, approach to our professional duties, remuneration and conditions of service has been more relevant than right now. Our efforts to resolve issues fairly without disrupting the service must go on.
Behind all the political and media spin which is currently aimed at the education and childcare services, and the substantial organisational changes taking place, our members are still trying to provide the best possible education and care for children and young people.
My job as Chairman is to make sure that Voice is there to support them in every way as they do just that!