Meet the Lab's Union Advisors 💪

Andrew Pakes, Prospect

Andrew is Director of Communications Research, a Deputy General Secretary role, at Prospect helping to lead the union’s policy, organising, legal services, communications and outreach for over 144,000 members across a diverse range of professions. Prospect represents specialists, engineers, scientists, digital and media workers in private and public sectors.

Andrew started his career as President of the UK’s National Union of Students (NUS) and has held a range of advocacy roles in trade unions, the co-operative movement and the campaigning sector. He is a Trustee of Stonewall, the leading LGBT campaigning group and charity, and a former Trustee of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust.

HeeWon Brindle-KhymRWDSU-UFCW

Is Director of Research and Global Strategies for the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU-UFCW). She oversees all corporate research and international affairs functions for the union. She has a broad-set of international and domestic experience in advocating and campaigning for workers’ rights and corporate accountability.

Brindle-Khym holds a Bachelor of Science from Boston College and a Master’s in Public Affairs from Columbia University School of International Policy and Affairs. Brindle-Khym also sits on various committees and boards of the global union federations, UNI Global Union and the IUF, the New York City pan-Asian community-based organization, CAAAV, and the New York City Industrial Development Agency and BuildNYC Resource Corporation.

Mathias Askholm HK Lab

Programme Leader, HK Lab

In 2017 Danish trade union HK became the first trade union in the world to establish an external innovation lab. Using design methods, Mathias and his team are transforming a 120 year old trade union through new digital offerings and business models.

Fredrik Söderqvist (Twitter)

Is Senior Economist, Unionen

PhD student Blekinge Insitute of Technology, and researcher at The Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum

Victor Bernhardtz, Unionen

Is Ombudsman for Digital Labour Markets at the Collective Bargaining and Policy Unit, Unionen


Kirsty McCully, E tū 

Is Home Support Coordinator at E tū – NZ’s largest private sector union

Home Support E tū Home Support Workers (for members)