N008_017Ann Henderson is a graduate of Edinburgh University, and is a lifelong and passionate campaigner in the labour movement for equality, fairness and social justice.


  • Assistant Secretary of the STUC with responsibility for government and parliamentary liaison
  • STUC Women’s Meritorious Award 2017
  • Two decades working in and around the Scottish Parliament
  • Women’s development officer in Castlemilk, Glasgow 1996-1999
  • Rail industry 1982-1996, one of Scotland’s first female train drivers

Public Appointments and Working with Government

  • Scotland Commissioner on the Women’s National Commission 2008-2010
  • Scottish Government Ministerial Advisory Group on Women and Work
  • Early Learning and Childcare Strategic Forum on Early Years and Childcare
  • Rail Passenger Council (Scotland)
  • Passenger View (Scotland)

Public Life

  • Scottish Labour Party Executive 2017-
  • National Union of Railwaymen: Branch Secretary, first NUR Women’s Committee 1982-1996
  • Contributor to the ESRC-funded Gender and Constitutional Change in the UK project 2000-2003
  • Contributor to Women and Constitutional Futures collaborative seminars 2012-2013


  • MA Sociology and Social Administration 1978
  • Active in student societies, the Student Representative Council, and edited the Student newspaper
  • Diploma in Youth and Community Work from Manchester Polytechnic 1979

Served as Area Organiser Manchester Area NUS, and on the UK NUS Executive

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