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GMB targets HR profession in blacklist campaign

21 Oct 13 The GMB trade union is putting the squeeze on the individual personnel officers that used the Consulting Association blacklist for construction site recruitment.

The union has submitted the names of 34 personnel officers that have been named in Parliament as having been involved in blacklisting to the Chartered Institute for Personnel & Development (CIPD). GMB wants to know if they are current or former members of CIPD.

Blacklisting came to light when in 2009 the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) seized a Consulting Association database of 3,213 construction workers and environmental activists used by 44 companies to vet new recruits and keep out of employment trade union and health and safety activists. Some 86% of people on the blacklist are not aware that their names are on the blacklist after the ICO decided not to contact them directly.

The 34 HR professionals included in the GMB letter to CIPD were named in Parliament as being the managers who used the blacklist on a day to day basis.

CIPD chief executive Peter Cheese has given evidence to the House of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee inquiry into blacklisting. He told the committee that, if asked, he would reveal which of the blacklisters were members of the professional body. The GMB has now followed up that offer.

GMB national officer Justin Bowden said: “GMB is calling for all the HR professionals who ran the blacklist as generals, colonels and lieutenants for nearly 20 years to apologise for what they did and atone by telling all they know about how it operated. Their doing so is an essential part of the clean up as they systematically violated the civil rights of their fellow citizens. For them the Nuremburg defence that they were only following orders will not wash."

The names submitted by GMB to CIPD are:

Previous company


Current position and company

Balfour Beatty

Gerry Harvey

Human Resources Development Director, Balfour Beatty Engineering Services

Balfour Beatty

Armar Johnston

Human Resources Director, Balfour Beatty Projects

Balfour Beatty

Ann Cowrie

Senior HR position, Balfour Beatty

Balfour Beatty

Vince James

Human Resources Manager, Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Services

Balfour Beatty

Carolyn Williams

Group Head of Human Resources, The Murphy Group

Balfour Kilpatrick

Michael Aird

Director of Michael Aird Consultancy Ltd, an HR, Health & Safety and Training consultancy

Balfour Beatty

Paul Raby

Human Resources Director, Balfour Beatty


Paul McCreath

Human Resources Director, Kier Group


Pat Swift

Head of Human Resources, BFK, a joint venture comprising BAM Nuttall, Ferrovial and Kier


Liz Keates

Head of Employee Relations, Carillion


Roy Hay

Director of Offshore Personnel Services, Technip


Dianne Hughes

Deputy Director of Human Resources, The Big Lottery Fund


Frank Duggan

Company Secretary, Fuscha Limited


Kevin Gorman

Vice President Human Resources, Harkand Group


Sandy Palmer

Chairman of Ellesmere Rural Parish Council


Dave Aspinall

Managing Director, Network Construction Services Ltd


Roger Robinson

CEO, European Hub, Laing O'Rourke


Geoff Hughes

Director of his own management consultancy company, TIOP Consulting Ltd

Laing O'Rourke

Liz Keates

Head of Employee Relations, Carillion

Laing O'Rourke

Sylvia Smith

Payroll Director / Human Resources Director, Laing O’Rourke Group Services Ltd


Kathy Almansoor

Group Employee Relations Manager, Kier Group


Stephen Quant

Director of his own Labour Recruitment and HR company, TIOP Consulting Ltd


John Dickinson

Industrial Relations Manager, Skanska. Employed as a consultant


Arnold Nestler

Group HR services director, AMEC

Sir Robert McAlpine

Callum McAlpine

Director, Sir Robert McAlpine

Cleveland Bridge UK Ltd

Lynne Day

Personnel Director, Cleveland Bridge

Shepherd Engineering Services

Lisa Stevenson

Executive Director Human Resources, Shepherd Engineering Services


John Stoddart

Human Resources Manager, SPIE WHS


Greg Ingleton

Group Human Resources Director, Emcor


Sheila Knight

Director of her own Management Consultancy, Anderson Knight Associates Ltd and Visiting lecturer at the University of Reading, teaching Human Resource Management and Employment Law at Masters level

Sias Building Services

John Stoddart

Human Resources Manager, SPIE WHS


Valerie Bennison

HRBP for Head Office Directorates and SCS, Child Maintenance Group, Department for Work and Pensions

Morrison Construction

John Morrison

Company Secretary and Director of R R Richardson Ltd


Alan Thorniley

Regional Human Resources Consultant at Vinci / Taylor Woodrow International, United Arab Emirates

Taylor Woodrow

Ian Leake

Walter Llewellyn

Tim Llewellyn

Director of Equestrian & Agricultural Products LLP and of Special Interest Database Company Ltd, a Guernsey based Computer programming, consultancy and information service and other related activities company

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