Meet the Commissioners: Mike Clancy


General Secretary of Prospect trade union

“I am very pleased to be involved in such an important project, and pay tribute to Demos in convening such a high calibre commission, that I can’t wait to get started working with.

“The coronavirus pandemic has brought into sharp focus many of the structural challenges faced by our economy and society. Whether that is on how we value our key workers, how we invest in safety at work, or crucially on how we make sure all workers have a voice at work.

“It has also exposed some of the limits of flexibility in the workplace particularly for those freelancing or self-employed.

“A return to business as usual after the crisis would be a huge missed opportunity, so I hope this Commission will help describe a better, fairer road map for the future.”

Mike Clancy is general secretary of Prospect, a trade union representing more than 147,000 professional, technical and creative people in both public and private sectors. He was elected in March 2012 and is currently serving his second term.

Mike has over 30 years’ experience as a trade union officer, including ten years serving as an employment tribunal member. In 2002, he was appointed to the Employment Appeal Tribunal. He was appointed to ACAS, the conciliation service’s council, in May 2016. Mike joined the Nuclear Industry Council in March 2017 and was appointed as a CAC member in 2019. Mike is also a member of the Trades Union Congress executive committee and the general council.

Mike holds a degree in law, an MA in industrial relations and an MBA (Cranfield). He is a chartered member of the Institute of Personnel and Development and has held several board level positions in government trading funds and the skills environment. In 2019 he was appointed as a Trustee at People’s History Museum in Manchester. In his spare time Mike is a keen footballer and Everton fan.