Nita Clarke is the director of the Involvement and Participation Association (IPA). She is author of the report ‘The Way Ahead: trade unions and the third sector’, commissioned by the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (2008), ‘Rethinking Voice for Sustainable Business Success’ (2011), and ‘Releasing Voice for Sustainable Business Success’ (2013).
Nita was appointed Vice-President (Employment Relations) by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) in January 2012. Nita is a visiting Fellow at Kingston University Business School. She is also a member of the Mutuals Task Force established by Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude in 2011.
Nita was the vice chair of the MacLeod Review on employee engagement and co-author of the report Engaging for Success (also known as the MacLeod Report), and continues to work with David Macleod and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on implementing the report’s findings. She is co-chair of the Employee Engagement Task Force which was launched by the Prime Minister in March 2011.
Nita has a BA in History and Politics and an MA in Labour History from Warwick university. She was press and campaigns officer for the health service union COHSE from 1976 to 1981, and press officer for the leaders of the GLC and ILEA from 1983 to 1990. She was Ken Livingstone’s press officer during the Save the GLC campaign years, and is the author of London for Beginners, (published by Writers and Readers 1984, republished 2001).
Nita worked for the Government of Jamaica, representing their interests in the UK and Europe, 1990-92, She then became the Political Officer for UNISON, with responsibility for liaison with the Labour Party and its policy making machinery. From January 2001 to June 2007 she advised the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, on trade unions, working as assistant political secretary in the Political Office at 10 Downing Street. Her role included liaison with individual unions and the TUC, developing national policy in areas such as the two-tier workforce and work-life balance, supporting ministers by trouble-shooting in industrial disputes, and helping to manage relations with MPs and the Labour Party. She was one of the key architects of the 2004 Warwick Agreement.