Paddy Lillis took over the role of General Secretary on 2 July 2018. In November 2017, he was elected to succeed John Hannett as Usdaw’s General Secretary. Paddy received overwhelming support from the Union’s branches across the UK for his nomination.
He is a member of the Retail Sector Council, serves on TUC Executive Committee and TUC General Council. He is also Vice President of the Uni Global Union Europa Steering Committee.
Paddy plays an active role in Labour’s National Policy Forum process and leads on making the case for Usdaw policies. He is also a member of the Usdaw delegation to the Trade Union Congress and Labour Party Conference, where he brings forward key issues affecting Usdaw members, such as insecure work, underemployment, a New Deal for workers, Respect for Shopworkers and an Industrial Strategy for Retail.
Paddy served as Deputy General Secretary of Usdaw for 14 years. He co-ordinated the Union’s recruitment campaigns, and the work of the very successful Organising Academy. In the 14 years in the role, the Union’s recruitment and organising strategy helped Usdaw to grow by more than 100,000 members.
As Deputy General Secretary, Paddy led a major project to Support and Develop Usdaw Reps. This project improved the Union’s processes with the aim of getting more people to become reps, ensuring that new reps get on to training courses more quickly and supporting them in this crucial role for the Union.
Lifelong Learning has always been a key priority for Paddy and is active in promoting the importance of Lifelong Learning for Usdaw members.
Paddy has been an Usdaw member for over 35 years. He joined Usdaw when he was employed as a heavy goods driver at Abbey Meat Packers in Newtonabbey, County Antrim in Northern Ireland.
He was appointed to the role of Usdaw Area Organiser in 1989. He worked as an Area Organiser at the Union's Bristol office for 8 years before becoming the Divisional Officer for South Wales and Western Division in 1997. He was elected as Deputy General Secretary in 2004.
Paddy Lillis biography correct at July 2020.
Dave McCrossen, a former employee of the Co-operative Retail Society, started his Usdaw career when he became an Area Organiser in 1989. Sixteen years later he was promoted to Deputy Divisional Officer. Working closely with Paddy Lillis, he was responsible for developing the organising agenda within the Division and seeing it grow from 39,000 members to more than 65,000. In 2014 Dave was successful in securing the position of Divisional Officer. As the Divisional Officer in the Eastern Division, Dave was involved in signing a number of new and improved agreements with employers, as well as working closely with a number of MPs.
In 2018 he was elected as the Deputy General Secretary of Usdaw.
Dave has been a member of Usdaw for more than 30 years and held the positions of Shop Steward and Branch Secretary.
Dave McCrossen biography correct at August 2018.
In February 2018 Amy Murphy was elected by members to succeed Jeff Broome as Usdaw President.
Amy became a Rep and a Health and Safety Rep in 1999 and then Branch Secretary 10 years later. She has also held the position of Union Learning Rep and was Divisional Councillor for 9 years. In 2012 Amy was elected to represent the Southern Division on the Executive Council, where she served for 6 years before being elected President.
As a retail worker who has worked for Tesco for 25 years and a lifelong trade unionist Amy’s varied experience both within Tesco and Usdaw gives her a good insight into the issues that affect Usdaw members.
Amy Murphy biography correct at July 2018.