Gerry Morrissey

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Gerry Anthony Morrissey (born 12 April 1960[1]) is an Irish-born British trade unionist and was the head of the BECTU sector of the Prospect union up until his retirement in 2018. He was succeeded by Philippa Childs.[2]

Born in Tipperary, Ireland, Morrissey attended the local Christian Brothers school.[1] He began his career as a catering buyer at the BBC, joining the Association of Broadcasting Staff in 1977. He became prominent in the union as it underwent a series of mergers to form the Broadcasting, Entertainment, Cinematograph and Theatre Union (BECTU). In 1998, he became one of BECTU's two Assistant General Secretaries. In February 2007, he was elected General Secretary without opposition. He is married with two children.[3] From 2011, Morrissey also served as the President of the Union Network International's Media and Entertainment International section.[1]

Morrissey took BECTU into a merger with Prospect at the start of 2017, and became the first head of the new BECTU sector of Prospect.[1][4]


  1. ^ a b c d "Morrissey, Gerry Anthony". Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.U245478. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. ^ Philippa Childs becomes BECTU’s first female leader; retrieved 16 August 2019.
  3. ^ Profile,; retrieved 28 July 2014.
  4. ^ "Moving forward with BECTU". Prospect. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
Trade union offices
Preceded by
Roger Bolton
General Secretary of BECTU
2007 – 2018
Succeeded by
Philippa Childs