The Certification Officer

Mr Gerard Walker

Mr Gerard Walker

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Biography

Gerard Walker was appointed as the Certification Officer by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy on 29 June 2016. The appointment is on an interim basis initially for the period 1 July 2016 to 30 November 2016. The appointment has been extended and now runs until 31 October 2017.

The Certification Officer

The functions of the Certification Officer are contained in the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 (as amended). They include:

  • maintaining a list of trade unions and employers’ associations
  • receiving, ensuring compliance with statutory requirements and keeping available for public inspection annual returns from trade unions and employers’ associations
  • determining complaints concerning trade union elections, certain other ballots and certain breaches of trade union rules
  • ensuring observance of statutory requirements governing mergers between trade unions and between employers’ associations
  • overseeing the political funds and the finances of trade unions and employers’ associations
  • certifying the independence of trade unions