About us

What we do

We encourage fair and efficient arrangements in the workplace by resolving collective disputes in England, Scotland and Wales, either by voluntary agreement or, if necessary, through a legal decision.

Who we are

We’re an independent body with statutory powers. The committee has 50 members, including the chairman, 9 deputy chairmen, 15 members experienced as representatives of workers and 26 experienced as representatives of employers. We’re supported by a team of 7 based in London.


Chief Executive

James Jacob

Operations Manager

Maverlie Tavares

Case Managers

Nigel Cookson

Sharmin Khan

Linda Lehan

Finance Supervisors & Assistant Case Managers

Mark Siriwardana

Laura Leaumont

Our responsibilities

We’re responsible for the following areas of dispute:

  • the statutory recognition of trade unions
  • the disclosure of information for collective bargaining
  • applications and complaints related to information and consultation arrangements
  • establishing and operating european works councils
  • complaints about the level of involvement employees have in certain decisions covered by regulations related to European companies, cooperative societies and cross-border mergers

We also offer voluntary arbitration in collective disputes.

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