Midlands Regional Committee The Midlands region has a dynamic Regional Committee made up of activist members who help to deal with issues and policy in the region. Last updated: 06 November 2023 Regional Committees (RCs) are a crucial part of the day-to-day management of the union at a grassroots level. The Midlands Regional Committee is democratically elected, and members usually meet four times per year, some online, some in person. Meet Midlands RC members Midlands Regional Committee members are Louise Braithwaite (Vice Chair), John Brennan, Martha Brookes, Philip Brookes, Matthew Davies, Sam Draisey, Jason Hill, Geri Minelli, Sally Rea Morris, John Patrick (Chair), John Ruddick, Joanna Ruddick, Jim Simpson, Noriko Tsuzaki, Pete Lynn, Millicent Stephenson, Marie McNally (Co-optee). What do Midlands RC members do? The role of RC members is collectively to: Oversee the Midlands Region’s activity in all areas of the music industry and on all industrial issues Oversee the management of Midlands Regional budgets and operations Assist in the recruitment and retention of members Assist in the organisation of members Maintain communication between members and the union Regional Committees meet four or five times a year to discuss and act on local issues affecting musicians. Hear Martha sharing her experiences about being an RC member For Martha Ann and the union’s Midlands Regional Committee, discussions and acting on local issues affecting musicians included getting musicians paid at the Commonwealth Games in 2022, and making sure the clean air zone takes into account night-time and shift workers. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Musicians' Union (@wearethemu) Interested in becoming an RC member? If you're an MU member and wish to get involved with union's work in Midlands, find out about the eligiblity criteria to stand for Regional Committee: Any member wishing to stand for the Midlands Regional Committee will require another current member to second their nomination. The nominator must be also a member of the Midlands Region Candidates shall have been members of the union and of the Region for at least one year on the nomination day No person who is or who at any time during the preceding five years was employed by the MU shall be eligible for nomination Regional Committee member nominations are announced every year in August. Nominations are now closed, but you can find out what's next in the RC Elections 2023. If you want to find out more about this or want to get involved in our democratic structures, please get in touch with the Midlands Regional Office.