Jonathan Baume

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Jonathan Edward Baume (born 13 July 1953 in Wakefield) was General Secretary of the FDA from 1997 until 2012 and a member of the General Council of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) from 2001 to 2012.

He was appointed as a Civil Service Commissioner in April 2012 [1] and is a Council member of the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas).


He was educated at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield, and Keble College, Oxford (BA Hons 1974; MA). While at university, he was active in student politics as a member of the International Socialists and then the Trotskyist International Marxist Group, the British section of the Fourth International.[2]


Following the announcement of Elizabeth Symons' resignation as General Secretary, the FDA National Executive interviewed several candidates to replace her and agreed to propose Baume as her successor. However, former FDA member Tony Engel (who had not been a candidate) demanded a ballot of the whole membership to decide between himself and Baume who then received 68% of the votes cast.

Jonathan Baume retired from the role of FDA General Secretary in late 2012.

Government advisor[edit]

He has served on three Government advisory groups:

Outside interests[edit]

He is a member of the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England and the National Trust, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. After suffering from back problems, he took up yoga. His other hobbies are jazz, world music and rambling. He is a member of the Athenaeum Club.


Trade union offices
Preceded by
Elizabeth Symons
General Secretary of the FDA
Succeeded by
Dave Penman