Our Team



Britain Israel Trade Union Dialogue is run by a Board of trade unionists.



Meet Our Team

Michael J. Leahy OBE


Michael Leahy was the former General Secretary of the trade union Community. Michael was General Secretary of the Iron and Steel Confederation (ISTC) from 1999 until it merged with KFAT in 2004 to form Community.


Michael was President of the iron, steel and non ferrous metals sector of the International Metalworkers’ Federation (IMF) and sat on the executive of the European Metalworkers’ Federation (EMF). He is also a past President of the TUC.


Lord Clarke of Hampstead



Anthony James Clarke, Baron Clarke of Hampstead, CBE is an English trade unionist and Labour Party politician.


A former telegraph boy and postman, in 1979 Clarke became a full-time official of the Union of Postal Workers, which in 1980 became the Union of Communication Workers (UCW). He edited the UPW journal "The Post" in 1979, and served as the UCW's Deputy General Secretary from 1981 to 1993.


Clarke was a member of the Labour Party's National Executive Committee from 1983 to 1993, and served as Chairman of The Labour Party from 1992 to 1993.


He was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 1998 New Year Honours.


He was created a life peer on 29 July 1998, as Baron Clarke of Hampstead, of Hampstead in the London Borough of Camden. He chaired the Taskforce established to investigate the causes of the disturbances in Burnley in 2001


Doreen Gerson



Doreen was a founder member of the board BITUD (Formerly TUFI).She served as the Embassy of Israel’s Representative, in the North West of England, until she retired from that position in 2016.


Whilst working, Doreen was a member of USDAW.


In addition to her BITUD work, Doreen is presently:

  • member of the Manchester Consulate Association
  • member of the Board of Crimestoppers.