Naomi Cooke joined the LGA as the Head of Workforce in 2018. The LGA Workforce Team represents councils, fire authorities and others in the public sector in their capacity as employers. The team negotiate with trade unions in local government, fire, police staff and schools on pay and terms and conditions covering a workforce of almost two million people. The team also work with individual councils and others to provide bespoke support for them on a range of HR and OD issues.
Prior to this she spent almost 20 years in industrial relations across the public and private sectors. This included five years as Assistant General Secretary at the FDA, the senior civil servants’ trade union following ten years heading up the pensions negotiating team at GMB. Naomi started her career as a researcher for the telecoms side of the Communication Workers Union. Alongside these roles Naomi has served on EU stakeholder groups on occupational pensions and was a founding member of the NEST member panel.