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Meet Accord's General Secretary

Ged Nichols

Meet your General Secretary

Ged Nichols

Ged has worked in the financial services industry since 1979. A union member from his first day of employment, he was a workplace representative and activist before he got his first union job in 1988.

He's a strong advocate of progressive trade unionism; grown up unions working positively with decent employers to improve the quality of members’ working lives. He was elected to lead Accord in 1993 and has held the position ever since.

Ged was President of the TUC from September 2019 to September 2020 - you can watch his introduction video below. He was appointed as a non-executive director of the Health & Safety Executive in 2019.

He's a trustee of the TUC’s pension scheme, a director of Trade Union Fund Managers and a board member of the Involvement & Participation Association.

Ged is a life-long Everton fan so is generally miserable on Saturday afternoons. Email:

“The best way to improve the lives of working people is through good trade union organisation. We work with employers to tackle the big issues affecting our members; job security, pay, pensions, holidays, training, childcare, flexible working, health, safety and security. We make a positive and real difference.”

Hear more from Ged


Ged's TUC video