Ben Greenwood


Union rep Ben has moved through several positions since joining the Blackburn with Darwen Council communications team seven years ago. The married dad-of-one is passionate about promoting the great work that goes on at Blackburn to make a difference to UNISON members. Ben, a former journalist, is also actively involved with many community groups and charities in his home town of Norden in Rochdale.

Denise Wilkins

Branch Secretary

With her background in education, Denise found a passion for UNISON when she became involved in a numeracy and literacy project run by the union nine years ago. She enjoyed being able to help people with problems that with her support, could easily be lifted. Darwen-born Denise had previously worked in the benefits department at the council. Now the branch secretary, who specialises in disciplinary matters, is keen to boost membership to give the team a bigger voice. She is actively involved in UNISON rallies across the country and represents the Blackburn branch at East Lancs UNISON meetings.

Paul Crewe

Assistant Branch Secretary

Dad-of-five Paul took a progressive route through the council to his current position in UNISON. Starting in the finances department over 30 years ago, Paul has represented the union as a Health and Safety representative and secretary, before taking on roles of both treasurer and chairman. Paul, who enjoys his local stroll to work and says his confidence has grown immensely since taking on his full-time role, has chief responsibility for helping members from schools and dealing with disciplinary matters.

Louise Astin

Branch Organiser

Louise started working part-time for UNISON in 1998 after having her first child. She started as the office administrator and is now acting as Branch Organiser, having completed several courses including  Level 4 Advice & Guidance and most recently the Employment Law diploma.

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