James Kettle-Madon


My name is Jaymes Kettle-Madon. I have worked for the NHS for 33 years.  For the past 21 years I have taken an active role in Unison as both Branch Steward and for 9 years as Assistant Branch Secretary. Before that I was the Branch Chair person. I care passionately about the NHS and its workforce, and the outsourced staff with the associated companies.

During my term as a union official, I have seen through a number of key challenges that have faced the NHS, the most significant being the outsourcing of staff to the private building company, Carillon and the catering staff to Elior. I have taken an active roll on the Staff Side committee as well as on the Partnership committee bringing up issues that relate to the working lives of staff and for patient care.

Also as an active Unison steward, I have represented members at Disciplinary meetings, Grievances and at Sickness Absence Review meetings. I have a particular interest in equality and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBTQ) issues. Over the past years, I have endeavoured to represent the members not only with the one day a week facility time I have, but I have also  spent the last year attending meetings and representing in my own time as well as on days off .

I will continue to deal with the number of challenges that need to be overcome like the vast amount of workforce changes that are happening in Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, as well as the cuts to our NHS budgets that we need to fight not only to keep the NHS but to continue to support our members in providing information and publications about the union and its work on a regular basis, and to provide and maintain educational facilities and encourage members to participate in them.

My aims and objectives are:

To ensure equality of treatment and fare representation for members

To protect the rights of members

To keep members informed as to the best of my abilities and knowledge

To promote and improve health, safety and welfare of our members in the work force

To promote our member-led union and carry out and fulfil decisions made by members

To promote far representation in all union structures for women, black members disabled members, as well as lesbian gay bisexual and transgender members

To encourage solidarity and effective working partnerships

I enjoy role as Branch Assistant Secretary, and enjoy the challenges of being a representative for you, and I would greatly value your support.