David Brookman, Baron Brookman

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David Keith Brookman, Baron Brookman (born 3 January 1937) is a British steel worker and trade unionist.

The son of George Henry Brookman and Blodwin Nash, he was educated at Nantyglo Grammar School in Monmouthshire. Brookman worked as steel worker for Richard Thomas and Baldwins in Ebbw Vale from 1953 until 1955, when he began his service in the Royal Air Force. In 1957, he returned to his job and performed it to 1973. For the Iron and Steel Trades Confederation, he was divisional organiser from 1973 to 1985, assistant general secretary from 1985 to 1993 and eventually general secretary from 1993 to 1999. Since 1993, he is board member of British Steel plc and UK Steel Enterprise.

From 1976 to 1982, Brookman was member of the TUC Educational Advisory Committee for Wales and from 1992 to 1999, of the Trades Union Congress. He was also member of the European Coal and Steel Committee from 1992 to 2002 and of the International Metalworkers' Federation. Between 1992 and 1999, he was further president of the Iron and Steel Non-Ferrous Department. Brookman was member of the Joint Industrial Council for Slag Industry and of the British Steel Joint Accident Prevention Advisory Committee from 1985 to 1993. He was also member of the British Steel Advisory Committee on Education and Training from 1986 to 1993, and of the executive council of the European Metalworkers' Federation from 1985 to 1995. Since 1991, he is member of the National T.U. Steel Co-ordinating Committee and since 1993, its chairman. Between 1993 and 2002, he was member of the European Coal and Steel Community Consultative Committee, between 1993 and 1998 joint secretary of the British Steel Strip Trade Board and of the British Steel Joint Standing Committee, as well as joint secretary of the British Steel European Works Council between 1996 and 1999.

Brookman was governor of the Gwent College of Higher Education from 1980 to 1984 and trustee of the Julian Melchett Trust from 1985 to 1995. Since 2001, he is president of the Welsh Trust for Prevention of Abuse. On 19 June 1998, he was made a life peer with the title Baron Brookman, of Ebbw Vale in the County of Gwent and sits for Labour.

Since 1958, he has been married to Patricia Worthington, daughter of Lawrence Worthington. They have three daughters.

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Trade union offices
Preceded by
Roy Evans
Assistant General Secretary of the Iron and Steel Trades Confederation
1985–1993
Succeeded by
Michael J. Leahy
Preceded by
Roy Evans
General Secretary of the Iron and Steel Trades Confederation
1993–1999
Succeeded by
Michael J. Leahy