Rosa Pavanelli was elected as General Secretary of Public Services International by a resounding majority of votes at the PSI 29th World Congress, held 27-30 November 2012 in Durban, South Africa. Rosa is the first woman to take the leadership of PSI in its 105 years of history.
Dave Prentis has served continuous terms as general secretary of the UK public sector union UNISON since 2000. He was UNISON's deputy general secretary from its formation in 1993. In that role, Dave directed UNISON's national negotiating team and oversaw the union's policy making functions. He also drove through a strategic review of the union, aimed at delivering key reforms to bring union services closer to the members.
Dave was born and brought up in Leeds and went to the University of London where he took a bachelor of arts degree in history. This was followed by a masters degree in industrial relations at the University of Warwick.
He is a member of the TUC general council, TUC executive committee and the Trade Union Labour Party Liaison Committee.