The CREW Advisory Board contributes expertise and thinking to CREW work and provide key links to practitioners and external academics.

Daniel Bertossa

Public Services International

Daniel Bertossa is Assistant General Secretary of Public Services International (PSI), a global trade union federation whose 670 affiliates represent 20 million public service workers in 163 countries. PSI works with the United Nations system and in partnership with labour, civil society and other organisations. Daniel manages policy, advocacy, research and governance and leads PSI's work on trade, tax, debt and future of quality public services. Daniel has worked as an organiser and national officer for unions in local and municipal government, health and social services, education and private sector service workers, where he negotiated collective agreements for better pay and job security, and lead campaigns against outsourcing and precarious work. He lead PSI's successful global campaign to stop the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) and was instrumental in establishing the Independent Commission on Reform of International Corporate Tax (ICRICT). He won the Trade Union Congress (TUC) Best National Organising Campaign award for his greenfield organising work in the print industry. He was previously Director of Policy and Strategy at the Department of Premier and Cabinet in the Government of South Australia. Prior to that he was Political Advisor to the Minster for Public Sector Management, Local Government and Planning, Aboriginal Affairs and Family and Community Services. He has a Master's Degree in Public Policy where he wrote his thesis on the gender pay gap. Daniel is currently the co-chair of the steering committee of the ICRICT, member of the Global Reporting Initiatives (GRI) Tax Technical Committee and on the governing committee of the Centre for International Corporate Tax and Research (CICTAR).

Duncan Brown

Duncan leads the HR and reward work at IES, a leading independent research-based charity which supports improvement in HR and employment practice. He has more than 25 years' experience in reward and HR consulting, research and policy work with Aon Hewitt, PwC and Towers Perrin. He spent 5 years as Assistant Director General at CIPD. His clients have included companies such as National Grid, and Lloyds Banking Group, as well as public sector bodies such as the Cabinet Office, NHS Employers and EHRC; and third sector employers such as the UN and Cancer Research UK. His current work is focused on medical pay, gender pay, employee financial wellbeing and working in the gig economy. Duncan is a leading commentator on HR, publishing many articles and books. He has participated on Government taskforces concerned with fair pay, engagement, pensions, equal pay and human capital reporting. He advises various remuneration and HR committees as an independent and trustee including Christian Aid & the Pensions Policy Institute. Human Resources magazine placed him in its listing of the top 5 most influential thinkers in UK HR. Duncan has an MA from Cambridge University, an MBA from the London Business School and is a Fellow of the CIPD. He recently obtained his PhD at Kingston University.

Sarah Crowe

Northern Trust

Sarah Crowe joined Northern Trust in January 2017, and is responsible for the strategy and implementation of a wide variety of diversity and inclusion programmes and initiatives in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Sarah is responsible for supporting the business to recruit, develop and retain a diverse and inclusive workforce. Before joining Northern trust Sarah led the D&I team at The Law Society, and worked for the LGBT equality charity Stonewall, where she ran their corporate diversity programme. Prior to Stonewall she spent seven years advising large corporates on effective marketing strategies. Sarah holds a degree in Law from Kings College London and grew up in Northern Ireland. Outside of work Sarah's passion is music. She trained classically as a singer at The Royal Academy of Music.

Gill Dix  

Head of Research, Acas

Gill Dix has a background in public policy and social research working in the voluntary and public sectors and academia. She was Head of Research at Acas for 15 years and now is Head of Strategy in the organisation. Gill has particular interests in workplace conflict, voice and participation as well as wider questions relating to decision making in public services. She has authored many research reports, papers and book chapters. Gill is an active contributor to prestigious Workplace Employment Relations Survey series.

Gavin Dunn 

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

Gavin is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), an HR consultant, business owner and employer. He is the Chair of the South East London CIPD Branch and has a broad range of experience working at a strategic level across all disciplines of People Management. He built his career in the Ministry of Defence as a Business Partner with responsibility for a large cohort of businesses and then moved to the Defence Strategic Business Management unit before developing his own consultancy service, initially supporting Third Sector organisations. He is now Head of HR for Ebos-UK and offers People Management advice and support across all sectors and size of organisations. He is also the co-founder of Wandercrust; a successful street food business that serves high quality Neapolitan wood fired pizzas.

John Earls 

Director of Research at Unite

John Earls is Director of Research at Unite, the UK and Ireland's largest trade union with over 1 million members in the private and public sectors. He is a member of the Management Committee of CLASS (Centre for Labour and Social Studies) and is a Fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce). He has had articles published in a range of journals and websites on issues including the world of work and the future for trade unions.

Andrew Eldred 

Head of Employee Relations, Crossrail

Andrew Eldred is Head of Employee Relations at Crossrail where he led development and implementation of new project employment relations strategy and had management responsibility for monitoring and enforcing Tier 1 contractors' compliance. He had responsibility for operations of Crossrail Jobs Brokerage and represented Crossrail on DfT Strategic Transport Apprenticeship Taskforce Working Group, Buildforce Steering Group (ex-armed forces), Skills Planner Steering Group (pan-London skills forecasting and brokerage) and Women into Construction Advisory Board. He was the London Olympic Park Industrial Relations Manager and led implementation of the Olympic Delivery Authority/ CLM Memorandum of Agreement with construction unions. He previously worked at the Engineering Construction Industry Association.

Jan Etienne 

Chair of the Womanism, Activism and Higher Education Research Network at Birkbeck

Dr Jan Etienne is Chair of the Womanism, Activism and Higher Education Research Network at Birkbeck, University of London where she gained her PhD. She is a graduate of the School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol, graduating with an MSc in Policy Studies. She is co-convenor of Birkbeck's Decolonising the Curriculum Working Group in the Research Centre for Social Change and Transformation in Higher Education. Jan is author of 'Learning in Womanist Ways: Narratives of first-generation African Caribbean women' (2016) London: Trentham Books/UCL Institute of Education Press. Her publication: Black Manager's in Further Education: Career, hopes and hesitation (with Fiona Mackay) explores employment and leadership opportunities. This longitudinal study was published by the British Educational Leadership Management and Administration Society (BELMAS) and won the BELMAS prize in 2006. Her research in the area of black feminist epistemology examines the role of black women in transforming community spaces into thriving matriarchal learning hubs, increasing social capital in older black communities. Other publications include: 'Lifelong learning in later years: Choices and constraints for older women' (2011) in Jackson et al. (eds) Gendered Choices: Learning, work, identities in lifelong learning, Dordrecht, Springer. 'Beyond the home: Informal learning and community practice for older women' (2010) in Jackson, S. (ed.) Innovations in Lifelong Learning: Critical perspectives on diversity, participation and vocational learning, London, Routledge.

Alistair Hatchett 

Visiting Research Fellow

Alistair Hatchett has been a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Greenwich since 2013, having retired from his post of Head of Pay and Research at Incomes Data Services in 2012. He has an extensive knowledge of pay systems and pay bargaining after 30 years of research at IDS. He has lead a wide range of pay research projects for the Low Pay Commission, the Pay Review Bodies, many different trade unions, the TUC and the CIPD and was a regular speaker at seminars and conferences. His current research is focussed on public sector pay, the future of collective bargaining and the changing structure of the labour market.

Denise Hyland 

Royal Borough of Greenwich
Denise Hyland has been a councillor in Greenwich since 2006, and was elected the first ever woman Leader of the Borough in 2014, having previously been the Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills.
Her portfolio as Leader includes Strategy and Finance, Resources, Communications and Community Consultation, and Emergency Planning. She is also a Ward Councillor for Abbey Wood.Denise sat on the Children's Trust Board and Planning Board. She was also a school governor at two primary schools and the local FE College.Denise has lived in the borough for 40 years and has raised her family here. She has a background in education and has worked as a youth worker, community education manager and teacher/manager in Greenwich for over 30 years. Her experience was as an English and Drama teacher, manager and examiner, and also a Gifted and Talented Co-ordinator. After finishing teaching full-time, Denise set up an education consultancy, working across London and Essex, and with her business partners produced curriculum materials and career guides for use in schools. She has experience of being an Achievement Mentor in secondary schools in Southwark and Lambeth and has also worked as an English specialist guiding departments to improve their examination results and build capacity. Denise has been a BAFTA judge, and was filmed for Channel 4, teaching Shakespeare to inner city students. She has also co-produced exemplar projects for the Creative and Media Diploma, and worked on a Performing Arts Apprenticeship scheme with a range of high profile arts venues in the capital, such as English National Ballet, English National Opera, English Touring Opera, Royal Albert Hall, Hackney Empire, The Gate and others. As Leader, Cllr Hyland Chaired the Council's Cabinet and of the General Purposes Committee, and was a member of the Planning Board and the Standards Committee. For the Royal Borough, Cllr Hyland was also a member of the following outside bodies:London Councils Leaders' Committee, Children's Trust Board, Health & Wellbeing Board (Chair, Destination Greenwich / Visit Greenwich, Greenwich Enterprise Board,Growth Boroughs Joint Committee, Royal Parks Board. Since 2018, after standing down as Leader Denise was reelected to the Cabinet and holds the portfolio for Economy, Skills and Apprenticeships.
By personal invitation, Denise chairs the World Heritage Site Steering Group in Greenwich. Denise currently sits on the Licensing and Highways Committees. She is also a Non Executive Director in three social enterprises: CLES (Centre for Local Economic Strategies); Greenwich Enterprise Board; South East Enterprise.

Ian Kessler 

Professor of Public Policy at King's College

Ian Kessler is Professor of Public Policy and Management at King's College, University of London, has undertaken research on employment relations in the British public services, covering such topics as pay determination, strategic human resource management and work organisation. Recently he has explored nurse support roles in acute health care, and the re-structuring of the nursing workforce. He has co-authored two books on aspects of public service employment relations. He was a commissioner on the Local Government Pay Commission in 2005 and has delivered research reports for the Royal College of Nursing, the Royal College of Midwives, the National Audit Office and Health Education England.  

Amos Kuje 

Ian Kessler 

Professor of Public Policy at King's College

Ian Kessler is Professor of Public Policy and Management at King's College, University of London, has undertaken research on employment relations in the British public services, covering such topics as pay determination, strategic human resource management and work organisation. Recently he has explored nurse support roles in acute health care, and the re-structuring of the nursing workforce. He has co-authored two books on aspects of public service employment relations. He was a commissioner on the Local Government Pay Commission in 2005 and has delivered research reports for the Royal College of Nursing, the Royal College of Midwives, the National Audit Office and Health Education England.  

Amos Kuje 

Visiting Professor of European Socio-Legal StudiesMaritime Labour Expert

Amos is a Maritime Labour Expert for over a decade with the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency. He was trained as a regional expert on the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Maritime Labour Convention,2006(MLC,2006) as amended. The training aimed at establishing a group of experts to support the ILO Office in delivering technical assistance related to the ratification and implementation of the MLC Convention. As an Assistant Director, his work involves; Flag state inspection and certification on MLC, Port state control inspection, development of strategies and setting national standards on the implementation of crewing and manning agencies, writing and evaluating of ILO report on Maritime Labour, participate on collective bargaining agreements and supervises the employment of seafarers. Amos also carried on voluntary capacities, extensive work on establishing and implementation of National Seafarers Welfare Board and the Port Welfare Committees in seaports of Nigeria, Benin and Cameroon. His Doctoral research is on the assessment of the impact of welfare facilities and services on the wellbeing of seafarers in a changing ship and port-based environment. He has a Master of Science degree in Transport Management Technology and another Master of Science degree holder in Maritime Affairs with specialisation in Maritime Education and Training from World Maritime University in Malmo Sweden. A Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) the UK and now Nigerian branch. Recently he featured on the University of Greenwich publication of 'Making your Mark' an International Student Edition. Participated in the research on the Gender Empowerment and Multicultural Crew Project, an ITF Seafarers Trust Sponsored studies launch by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) for the United Kingdom, China and Nigeria.

Sonia McKay  

Visiting Professor of European Socio-Legal Studies

Sonia McKay is a visiting Professor of European Socio-Legal Studies at the University of Greenwich as well as the University of the West of England. She was previously at the Working Lives Research Institute, London Metropolitan University where she headed a number of research projects, mainly focusing on discrimination, migration and collective organisation at both national and EU level. She holds a law degree from Queens University, Belfast and a Ph.D in employment law from Wolfson College, Cambridge.

Paul Mortimer 

Ex-Premier League footballer 
Paul Mortimer is an ex-Premier League footballer who has also coached in academy, professional and international arenas. He is Player Engagement Manager at Footballs inclusion and diversity organisation, Kick It Out where he supports, guides and helps educate players, coaches and managers to improve self-awareness around discrimination and the behaviour associated with it. He is a qualified practicing counsellor and bereavement counsellor.

Ken Mulkearn 

Founder, Incomes Data Research (IDR)

Ken Mulkearn is a founder of Incomes Data Research (IDR), established in 2015. IDR monitors pay and conditions developments across the economy, and reports on these in its regular Pay Climate e-bulletin. The organisation surveys pay and conditions in specific sectors and labour markets, such as call centres, engineering, retail, road transport and distribution, and for graduates and in-house lawyers. Prior to founding IDR, he was Head of Pay and Research at Incomes Data Services (IDS), where he led the Pay & Reward and Research Services teams. Amongst other work, IDR is currently carrying out research for the Low Pay Commission on the impact of the new National Living Wage, and recently organised a conference on public sector pay in conjunction with the Office for Manpower Economics, which provides the secretariat for the public sector Pay Review Bodies. For more information on IDR 

Kirsty Newsome 

Reader in Employment Relations, Sheffield University 

Kirsty Newsome is Reader in Employment Relations at Sheffield University Management School. She is a member of the Work, Employment Relations Research Centre (WOERRC) located within the Management School and leads the research theme on Global Value Chains, Labour and the labour Process. Kirsty is also Visiting Research Affiliate, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment at UCLA, USA and was recently appointed a Visiting Research Fellow, Centre for Sustainable Work and Employment Futures, University of Leicester. Kirsty's research interests are focussed around three interconnected core themes: the changing character of employment regulation; the shifts and transformations in the politics of production; and the dynamic interplay of global value chains and the labour process.

Tracey Reynolds 

Professor of Social Sciences, University of Greenwich

Tracey Reynolds is Professor of Social Sciences in the Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Humanities at the University of Greenwich. Tracey's teaching and research interests focus on transnational families and kinship networks; constructions of motherhood and parenting and youth studies, and she has established international recognition within these fields of expertise. She has conducted extensive empirical research in the UK across a range of social issues including black and minority families living in disadvantaged communities, the study of families and in the Caribbean and North America. Research awards include Economic Social Research Council on Caribbean youths and transnational identities (with Elisabetta Zontini); Big Lottery on care planning among BAME older people in London (with Age UK Lewisham and Southwark) and current project on , migrant mothers' citizenship, awarded by the Arts Humanities Research Council.

Sara Turner 

Employment Related Services Assoication 

Sara Turner joined ERSA (Employment Related Services Association) in September 2017 after two years working at the homelessness charity, St Mungo's. In this role (Research and Policy Officer), she led on a report on supported housing, and supported research into mental health and rough sleeping. Prior to that, she worked for the MP, Charles Kennedy, and the MEP, Fiona Hall. Sara holds an MA in socio-cultural anthropology from Durham University. 

Heather Wakefield 


Heather Wakefield is Head of the Local Government, Police and Justice Section in UNISON. She is Trade Union Side Secretary of the National Joint Council for Local Government Services covering 1.5 million employees and responsible for the Local Government Service Group's policy and campaigning activities. Heather was also a member of the Low Pay Commission for nine years. Heather is Vice Chair of the Local and Regional Government and Social Services Committees of the European Public Services Union. She is also a regular commentator on local government and women's issues and is a regular guest blogger on the Public Finance blog site.

Matt Wrack 

General Secretary, Fire Brigades Union (FBU)

Matt Wrack was elected as General Secretary of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) in 2005. He was a firefighter with the London Fire Brigade from 1983 until 2005, working at various fire stations around East London. He held various positions with the FBU while working as a firefighter, becoming London FBU Regional Organiser in 2002 and Regional Secretary in 2004. Wrack has been a vigorous defender of trade union rights and has also campaigned against racism and climate change. Matt is a member of the TUC General Council and TUC Executive Committee.

Erin van der Maas 

International Transport Workers Federation

Erin van der Maas is currently working for the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF - a Global trade union federation) where he leads the 'Airport Organising Programme' a programme aimed at better connecting and coordinating trade unions along the aviation supply chain with a focus on key airport hubs. Erin has been involved in trade union research and campaigns for over 20 years working in academic, trade union, foundations (charitable) and community organising contexts. 

Sarah Veale 

Equality and Diversity Rights Commission

Sarah Veale retired in 2015 from her post as Head of Equality and Employment Rights at the TUC. She is currently a Board member of the Equality and Human Rights Commission and the national Regulatory Policy Committee. She is also Vice Chair of the Equality and Diversity Forum. Formerly Sarah was a member of the ACAS Council and the HSE Board. Sarah was awarded the CBE in 2006 for services to diversity and an Honorary Doctorate in Law by Oxford Brookes University in 2012.