Executive Committee

Executive Committee

Our Executive Committee is responsible for managing and supervising the affairs of the Association, and for determining and directing policy in between Annual Conferences.

The President chairs all meetings of the Executive Committee and of Annual Conference. The Treasurer presents financial statements to the Executive, and the annual report and balance sheet to Conference.

Both the President and Treasurer are lay members, elected by secret ballot of the whole membership every two years.

There are ten Executive Committee members, who are also lay members. They are elected by secret ballot of all the members in their Divisional Council area, for three-year terms of office.

Executive Committee Members

Melissa Heywood, a white woman with chin-length brown hair, wearing an orange hi-vis vest over a red t-shirt. She is holding a little brown dog with floppy ears at her shoulder-height.

Melissa Heywood

TSSA President. Melissa works as Route Operations Controller for East Midlands Railway. She is a Health and Safety Rep, Joint Safety Council Rep and a qualified tutor.

Mary Sithole, a black woman with natural hair held back with a head band. She has a gap between her two front teeth and is smiling at the camera.

Mary Sithole

TSSA Treasurer. Mary is a Customer Service Assistant at C2C. She is a Company Rep, Health and Safety rep and is the Correspondence Secretary for E-Mix.

A bald man with a well trimmed beard takes a selfie.

Jayson-Mark Gill

North East Executive Committee rep. Jayson is a Travel Centre Shift Leader at London North Eastern Railway. He is an Equality Rep, Learning Rep and Company Rep.

David Hardman, TSSA Executive Committee member

David Hardman

Anglia and London NE EC rep. David is Senior Research Analyst at the Rail Safety & Standards Board. He is a TSSA health & safety rep and chairs TSSA's National Health & Safety Steering Committee.


Scotland (Vacant)

Picture shows Barry Love, EC member for Irelands, white male, in blue tshirt.

Barry Love

Ireland Executive Committee rep. Barry works as a Driver Assessor at Northern Ireland Railways. He is a member of Belfast branch. Barry is a member of the Translink LGBTQ+ group.

Sam McCully, a white man with brown hair and blue eyes in a dark shirt. He is standing in front of a city skyline and smiling at the camera.

Sam McCully

Midlands rep. Sam has been a TSSA member since joining the British Transport Police (BTP) as a member of staff. He is Branch Secretary of BTP Staff Branch & enjoys volunteering in the community.

Headshot photo of Duncan Bates, TSSA EC rep for London South

Paul Mangan

London South rep. Paul is the TSSA Network Rail Lead Health & Safety rep supporting reps in Wales, Western & Southern. Paul sits on the National H&S, Welfare Committee, & Network Rail TSSA H&S cttee.

A selfie of Catherine Poole, she is wearing sun glasses and sitting on a train.

Catherine Poole

London Transport Executive Committee rep. Catherine is a Service Performance Manager at Transport For London. She is a Company Rep, Constituency Area Rep and Vice Chair of TfL Central Branch.

Gemma Southgate, Executive Committee member

Gemma Southgate

Wales & Western. Gemma joined TSSA in 2016 and was elected to the EC in 2021. She is a HQ Management Company Council Rep in TfW, Equality Rep and represented TSSA members at a TUC LGBT+ conference.

A middle aged white man with glasses.

Michael Higham

North West Executive Committee Rep. Michael works as a Driver Training Manager at Northern. He has been a member of TSSA for over 15 years.


London North West Executive Committee rep

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