Geoff Brown

By: Julie Thorpe

Geoff Brown

Geoff BrownGeoff is a highly experienced tutor and facilitator/trainer for worker education. He has taught comparative industrial relations in Britain, the EU, US and Japan at degree level and coordinated a number of EU projects including Language Training for Trade Unionists (Leonardo) and Co-operative Curriculum for Adult Education in Europe (Grundtvig).

He undertook his initial training as a trade union tutor in 1979 within the context of the British Trade Union Congress.  Since then he has prepared materials and taught on a wide range of work-related topics including health and safety, equal opportunities, understanding company accounts, statistics, employment law, labour history, human rights and globalization.  His work as a tutor has taken him to a range of countries in Europe, the former Soviet Union and South Asia.

Geoff started working as an associate of Just Solutions in 2002 training trainers for the Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (PILER) and for the following fifteen years has worked closely with the institute on a wide range of activities.  This included working as a member of the Organising Committee of the World Social Forum in Karachi in 2006.

For eight years to 2015 he worked as a regional support official for the University and College Union (UCU), researching, organising and preparing materials for campaigns, running training programmes, advising members and lay union officials and negotiating with employers and their representatives.  He was Secretary of Manchester Trade Union Council 2002-2011.

Geoff has a particular interest in labour history. His recent publications include articles in the North West Labour History Bulletin, 2017 – 18, and ‘The Principal, Power and Professionalism in FE’, ed. Daley, Orr and Petrie, London, Trentham, 2017.