Wednesday 14 June 2023

Gerry Light steps down for personal reasons after nearly 30 years’ service

The Mandate Trade Union is to begin the process of recruiting a new General Secretary after the current post holder, Gerry Light, informed its National Executive Committee of his intention to step down for personal reasons after nearly 30 years’ service to the union and its members.

Members of the union have been briefed on Mr Light’s decision as have colleagues across the wider trade union movement.

Gerry Light has been General Secretary since 2020 and has served the union and its members in various roles since its foundation in 1994, out of the merger of IDATU and INUVGATA. Previously, Mr Light worked for INUVGATA and was part of the team that negotiated the merger of the two unions.

Mandate President, Denise Curran, thanked Gerry Light for his leadership and tremendous service to the union.

“Gerry Light’s contribution to Mandate and the wider trade union movement has been outstanding and his presence in the union will be greatly missed by us all. However, Gerry has decided that the time has come to put his family first and we fully respect and honour his decision in this regard. We are glad that he has agreed to stay on as General Secretary until his successor takes up office”.