Caroline Hurley joins as one of our National Officers for Wales in a job share position with Kevin Tucker. Of her background, Caroline says:
‘I graduated from Cardiff School of Medicine with a BSc (Hons) Degree in Diagnostic Radiography and Imaging in June 2004. On graduating I worked at Morriston Hospital in Swansea for just under two years before travelling to Gibraltar and working as a radiographer at St Bernard’s Hospital for 18 months. I returned to Wales and worked as a locum for four months at Llandough Hospital in Cardiff before taking a full-time role back at Morriston Hospital as a senior radiographer where I continue to work today. I have experience in many areas of radiography from plain film, nuclear medicine, CT, DSA and most recently cardiac radiography.
I have been a local SoR Industrial Relations Representative for almost seven years and have attended the level 1 and 2 reps courses organised by the SoR and the Employment Law Away Day. I am passionate about equality and fairness within the workplace and hope to continue being an advocate for this in my new role.
I am a fluent Welsh speaker having been raised in a bilingual household in a small welsh speaking village outside of Swansea and currently live with my husband and two dogs in South Wales.’
Rhys Martin, our new Health and Safety Policy Officer, comes to the SoR from Unison where he was a regional organiser. Prior to Unison, Rhys spent seven and a half years at the National Education Union (Formerly The Association of Teachers and Lecturers) as an organiser. In that role he helped set up the first eastern regional organising team for ATL and undertook rep training, recruitment, campaigns, rep mentoring and branch support.
The first part of his career was as a civil servant where he was elected as a lead PCS Union health and safety representative covering all London courts. Rhys subsequently was elected to the Group Executive Committee in PCS which he sat on nationally for Public Sector Group.
Of his appointment, Rhys said: ‘I'm thrilled and thankful to be given the opportunity to join the Society of Radiographers as Health and Safety Policy Officer. I've heard many great things about the union, its staff and the members and was so impressed hearing the vision for the union going forward. I look forward to focussing on my union passion of health and safety. To support our representatives to make sure that workplaces are safe, providing training in the face of new legislation and creating campaigns and policy that resonate with our wider membership is a challenge I am really looking forward to undertaking.’
Nichola Jamison takes up the position of Students and New Professionals Officer, following the interim Student Support Officer role she has held since August 2020. A therapeutic radiographer, Nichola is also the immediate past Chairperson of the SoR UK Student Representative Forum, and alumna of the Council of Deans of Health student leadership programme, for which she will be acting as a coach/mentor to the 2021 cohort.
Before graduating from Ulster University in 2020, she served as Academic Representative for the School of Health Sciences and was President/Founder of Ulster University Radiography Society. Outside of university, Nichola pursued a passion for supporting healthcare staff through contribution to the drafting of the NI Cancer Strategy and was also a member of the Northern Ireland Healthcare Leadership Forum.
Nichola’s parents are professional foster-carers, instilling a passion in her for pastoral care and accessible mental health support. As such, she is a mental health first-aider, and threads this training through each aspect of her practice. In her current student support role, Nichola has enjoyed advocating the student voice, and believes strongly in improving engagement, experience and wellbeing for the student workforce, while identifying, and encouraging, leadership in all those she meets. When not at work, Nichola can usually be found in her local Mourne mountains with her three children.
All three positions sit within our Trade Union and Industrial Relations (TUIR) Department.