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Stephen Szemerenyi,
Field Officer and Pay and Conditions Consultant

After more than 15 years of headship at Finchley Catholic High School, which he enjoyed enormously, Stephen took up his current roles.

Most of his work as a consultant centres on RIG and WAMG meetings, including responses, often within a frenetic time-frame, to various draft documents, and providing support to members, which is the most rewarding part of the job.

Stephen, who taught Latin and football to Charles Clarke, says: "The benefits of social partnership are clear and the outcomes are invariably better than those produced as a result of the previous consultation processes."

Though nominally part-time, he says, the job is not readily conducive to a work-life balance - but "it does permit the occasional foray into art galleries (I can recommend the Cezanne/Pisarro and the Rembrandt/Caravaggio exhibitions) and watching football - a particular joy, when Liverpool are playing."

Sunita Pattni
Accounts Clerk

Sunita joined the association in 2002 and has thoroughly enjoyed her job. She has gone from working four mornings a week to almost full time, reflecting the growth and increased activities of the association.

Sunita handles the day-to-day running of the busy accounts department, including processing invoices and payments. She has been responsible for new initiatives such as the BACS payment system.

After studying for the last two years on an AAT course, she will qualify as an accounting technician in the summer.

In her spare time, she helps maintain the accounts for an after school language club. She enjoys cooking, playing badminton and spending time with her husband, Raj and two lovely children, Dillon and Nikita.

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