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Joint Union Asbestos Committee (JUAC) - Asbestsos in Schools campaign

Founded in 2010, the Joint Union Asbestos Committee (JUAC) is a non-party political group of trade unions (including NAHT) with a common interest in making schools and colleges safe from the dangers of asbestos. 

The constituent trade unions are NAHT, ASCL, GMB, NASUWT, NEU, UCU, UNISON, Unite and Voice.  


JUAC's ultimate goal is for a government-funded phased removal of all asbestos from educational buildings, starting with the most dangerous first.

In the interim, our focus is on the safe management of asbestos in schools and colleges. JUAC also campaigns to raise awareness about asbestos in educational buildings and for improved asbestos management.

JUAC's campaign goals

  • An independent review of the government's policy to manage asbestos rather than remove it

  • A government audit that collects and shares data centrally on the extent, type and condition of asbestos in all educational establishments

  • A funded programme for the phased removal of all asbestos starting with the most dangerous, with completion no later than 2028

  • Government support for duty holders through the provision of funded, mandatory training

  • Proactive inspections by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to ensure that educational establishments are managing asbestos effectively. 


You can access the further details about JUAC, along with resources and guidance, here.

First published 13 July 2021

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NAHT Life gives you the opportunity to continue your membership of the biggest union for school leaders both in post and in retirement.


NAHT Life focuses on helping retired members receive excellent trade union services and allows you to continue to play an active volunteer role within NAHT regions and branches, if that’s what you choose to do!

Please note to qualify for the benefits of NAHT Life membership you must join NAHT life within six months of retiring. 

Please ensure NAHT has your correct post-retirement contact details.

NAHT is currently reviewing, renewing and refreshing its services to support NAHT life member.

The Life Members' Sector Council (LMSC)

Whether leaving a labour of love or embracing a life of leisure, there can be no doubt that retirement from school leadership marks a huge change in lifestyle. There will be adjustments to make, new challenges to take and a range of new opportunities. At a time like this, it is important that our experienced members do not lose all the support they received in their working life. Our life members’ committee is here to ensure members are supported in retirement.

This committee feeds its extensive wealth of experience and know-how to support the work of NAHT. It also gives our life members the chance to make important contributions to our campaigns for working members.  

The committee, which meets four times a year, is made up of one elected representative from each of our regions, with the addition of one place each for Northern Ireland and Wales. And these elected committee members, normally, serve a three-year term.

Areas of focus for the committee include the following: 

  • Current legislation issues eg pension provision
  • Action against discrimination, including age discrimination.
LMSC chair

John Killeen (National Executive member): john.killeen@nahtofficials.org.uk

LMSC vice-chair

Nigel Patton: nigel.patton@nahtofficials.org.uk

LMSC communications officer

Michael Wilson: Michael.wilson@nahtofficials.org.uk

LMSC deputy communications officer

Eugene Symonds: eugene.symonds@nahtofficials.org.uk

Committee servicing officer

Frances Geddes has the responsibility for working closely with the LMSC as servicing officer. She can be contacted via email frances.geddes@naht.org.uk.

For further details and contact information about all current LMSC members please check out ‘Who’s who’ and the ‘List of LMSC members'.

See also

Join now - Life Membership 
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