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Cllr Simon Rush

Cllr Simon Rush

Position: Branch President
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Bio:
I have been a private hire driver for 30 Year's, and many years standing as an activist in the trade as a rep and as a spokesperson when called upon. There is not much I don't know when it comes to rules and regulations with Londons sometimes difficult to navigate TFL Licening Authority. I am also a new East London Councillor in the borough I reside in.
Cllr Raja Naveed Ahmed

Cllr Raja Naveed Ahmed

Position: Political Officer
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Kola Olalekan

Kola Olalekan

Position: Uber Representative
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Kola Olalekan has worked in the security, event and property industry in a career spanning 17 years before starting to drive for private hire app operators since 2019 and has undertaken over 18,000 trips to date. I am presently the GMB Uber London Rep
Bill O’Loughlin

Bill O’Loughlin

Position: Workplace Representative.
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I have been a private hire driver for the past 40 years most recently having worked for addison lee for past 15 years At present I am 65 and simi retired for the past year.
Khurram Gouhar

Khurram Gouhar

Position: Equalities Officer
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I worked in hotels for 13 years, different managerial roles till I resigned in 2019 and started working with Uber being self employed. I play amateur cricket under MCCL for Ealing Hanwell CC and hold positions like captain of 1st Xl and Club Secretary. I spend my free time with my family and friends visiting different places.
Kwabena Dennot Nyack

Kwabena Dennot Nyack

Position: Race Officer
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Kwabena arrived in the United Kingdom from Grenada in 1960 to join his parents, who had responded to Britain’s urgent call for assistance from the colonies to help rebuild the country following the war. Growing up in North London, where he attended the local comprehensive, Kwabena says that he has seen a huge transformation for the good in the lives of the people and the nation. Leaving school with few certificates, Kwabena undertook further studies and gained admission to the Polytechnic of Central London, where he obtained a BA in Law. Shortly thereafter, he joined the staff of the Grenada High Commission to work for the administration of Maurice Bishop as the European Trade Officer. In this role he, amongst other things, represented the Grenada Government in trade arrangements with numerous European governments and British firms. In doing so he played a small part in boosting the economic well being of the people of Grenada. His last major role was as Grenada’s representative at the 6th UN Conference on Trade and Development in Belgrade, former Yugoslavia. After this period Kwabena entered UK local government service, working as an equalities manager with a north London local authority. He then headed the equalities department of a major UK charity before returning to local government, with a posting in a south London council. Went on to become the equalities manager of a major university. On retirement he worked as a professional private hire driver and a became a driver-members’ representative of the GMB. Kwabena remains firm in his view that the development of equal opportunities, race equality in particular, is vital to the development of a just and equitable global society and to the continued enhancement of the social and economic life in this country KDN
Mohammed Shibbir Ahmed

Mohammed Shibbir Ahmed

Position: Committee Member
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Steve Garelick

Steve Garelick

Position: Regional Organiser
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Telephone Number: 020 8202 8272
Mobile Number: +44 7967 763980

Bio:
I am London born aged 51, my wife Ella is Polish born and has lived in the UK for over 37 years 26 of those with me, we have two daughters. With GMB Union I held the role GMB Branch Secretary for Professional Drivers covering the London Region. GMB union have now employed me as a regional organiser based on my past success and my purview is Transportation, Logistics, Warehouse workers, Couriers and Gig economy workers. I have been involved in the Employment Rights Case for Uber & Addison Lee drivers and received the TUC organiser of the year award 2017 for my work on Workers’ rights and the Gig economy. As a campaigner I am keen to promote Worker rights as well as assisting individual’s multiple issues from Employment rights, Legal matters, Debt, Housing, Social care and Education as well as engaging with MPs, MEPS, AMs and groups such as Global Action on environmental issues. I ran a successful small Hillingdon based Executive Chauffeur company for over 25yrs. This has given me a unique overview of the pitfalls & successes a business has and leaves me better placed than many to understand small business owners worries and needs. It is my opinion that proving the Labour party is a party for small & medium business can attract more votes. My Union work covers many aspects including assisting workers with issues as diverse as depression to job loss, I have been able to help many members & their families with multiple issues. I also negotiate and engage on legislation at local & national level as well as employers and management which has given me a good insight in to these processes. I am used to media and am frequently interviewed by Press, Radio and TV and am therefore able to engage in this arena. In my current role I also sit on multiple TUC London East & South East committees including International affairs and transport. Additionally, I am a trustee of Hillingdon law centre. Locally I support small retail and restaurants as well as engaging wherever possible on a community basis. I was a candidate in Hillingdon’s local elections I continue to canvass and engage with the Labour Group. Within Ruislip Pinner and Northwood Labour Constituency I am in my third term as Vice Chair membership additionally, I sit on the Local campaign forum & am a Co-Operative Party member. During previous elections I have engaged not only conventional canvassing but also working on phone canvassing and data input and policy suggestion. Those who know me that I can be humorous and am keen to engage and assist with all. In my opinion we must show a unity as a party and follow the party manifesto to gain government. I will of course want to be engaged in Uxbridge and South Ruislip CLP meetings & events.