The MU (Musicians’ Union) has kicked off the election process for a new general secretary, with John Smith set to stand down in July after 15 years in office.
The nomination process is now complete and two candidates will be put forward to a ballot of members. These will be MU executive committee member Kathy Dyson and MU assistant general Secretary Horace Trubridge.
"As my time as General Secretary of the Musicians' Union draws to a close, it's gratifying to look back and see how the MU has consolidated its position within both the music industry and the trade union movement,” Smith commented. “I took over at a time of internal political turmoil and spent my first few years stabilising the organisation.
"I then oversaw the Union's restructuring and modernisation. This was achieved successfully which allowed me to concentrate on the MU's position as an important music industry body and an independent specialist trade union. I've had a great group of people working with me over the last 15 years and I'm sure that the MU will go from strength to strength after I've retired this coming summer."
The ballot of members will be held between March 6-27.