David Penman elected unopposed as FDA General Secretary

15 May 2012
For immediate release

David Penman was today elected unopposed as the next FDA General Secretary. He will take up office on 2 July 2012 and work a short period of handover with Jonathan Baume, the current General Secretary, who stands down in early autumn. David is the union's Deputy General Secretary with responsibility for civil service policy and negotiations, and joined the FDA staff in 2000 having been a civil servant in DWP and an official with PCS. He was nominated as General Secretary by the Executive Committee after an extensive public competition earlier in the year.

David Penman said:

"I am immensely proud to be elected as the FDA's next General Secretary.

"I recognise this is a time of enormous challenge for the public services and public servants. The relentless onslaught of organisational change, the Government's austerity measures and the resulting attacks on jobs, pay and pensions mean this is an unsettling and difficult time for many public servants.

"As a strong, pragmatic trade union, the FDA will continue to represent and defend the interests of our members and the high-quality public services they deliver. I am committed to ensuring that the FDA will build on the legacy of Jonathan Baume's leadership to ensure that there is a strong, independent voice for senior public servants."

FDA President Jeff Brice said:

"David had the unanimous endorsement of the Executive Committee after a robust competition with some very good candidates. He will take up office at a very difficult time for members and the union, but I am confident that he will prove to be a great General Secretary.

"I have worked closely with David for many years and I have first-hand experience of his outstanding negotiation skills, seen most recently in his leadership of the FDA through the immensely difficult and complex negotiations on pensions and the civil service redundancy arrangements. Looking forward, I know that David will provide our union and all its members with the strong leadership needed to meet the challenges ahead."

Notes for editors

1. The FDA is the trade union and professional body representing 18,000 of the UK's senior civil and public servants. Our members include policy advisors, senior managers, tax inspectors, economists, statisticians, accountants, special advisers, government lawyers, diplomats, crown prosecutors and NHS managers.

2. Members in HMRC are represented by the Association of Revenue and Customs (ARC), a section of the FDA.

3. The FDA (formerly the First Division Association) should be referred to simply as "The FDA" and can be described as "the senior public servants' union".

4. For further information contact:

  • David Penman, FDA Deputy General Secretary, tel: 020 7401 5555 or 07967 503827.
  • Oliver Rowe, Communications Manager, tel: 020 7401 5588 or 07590 838696.