Management Board

Promoting the interests of Nordic financial trade unions in Europe

Management Board

The NFU Management Board consists of eight representatives from the NFU member unions.

The Management Board is responsible for the political and strategic direction of NFU.

Michael Budolfsen

President of NFU
Finansforbundet, Denmark
mb@finansforbundet.dk

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Pål Adrian Hellman

Vice President of NFU
Finansforbundet, Norway
pah@finansforbundet.no

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Ulrika Boëthius

Management Board member
Finansförbundet, Sweden
ulrika.boethius@finansforbundet.se

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Anna-Karen Hauksdóttir

Management Board member
SSF, Iceland
anna.karen.hauksdottir@islandsbanki.is

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Rauni Söderlund

Management Board member
Trade Union PRO, Finland
rauni.soderlund@proliitto.fi

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Bente Hornsrud Espenes

Management Board member
Finansforbundet, Norway
bhe@finansforbundet.no

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Charlotte Hougaard

Management Board member
Forsikringsforbundet, Denmark
ch@forsikringsforbundet.dk

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Susanne Lindberg

Management Board member
FTF, Sweden
susanne.lindberg@ftf.se

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Michael Budolfsen

President of NFU
Finansforbundet, Denmark
mb@finansforbundet.dk

About Michael Budolfsen

Michael Budolfsen is a member of the Management Board since 2009, and Vice President of the Financial Services Union Denmark as well as President of UNI Europa Finance. Michael was elected President of NFU in spring 2013. Michael Budolfsen started his professional career at Sparekassen Nordjylland (Spar Nord Bank), where he was elected employee representative in 1994. He served as an employee representative on the board of Spar Nord Bank from 1996-2004. Michael Budolfsen became a member of Financial Services Union’s Executive Committee in 2000 and Vice President in 2004.

“NFU works to achieve maximum influence on the regulation of the
finance sector emanating both from the Nordic and European level. The NFU is a strong player backed by 150.000 finance employees and we work tirelessly to influence regulation in a direction that ensures that finance employees continue to thrive and develop in their jobs.”

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Pål Adrian Hellman

Vice President of NFU
Finansforbundet, Norway
pah@finansforbundet.no

About Pål Adrian Hellman

Pål Adrian Hellman is a member of the NFU Management Board since 2011, and the President of the Finance Sector Union of Norway since 2013. Pål was elected Vice President of NFU in autumn 2016. Pål has more than 20 years of experience of union work, and has been a full-time union representative in Nordea for the past 8 years focusing on both Norwegian and Nordic issues. He is also a board member of YS – the Confederation of Vocational Unions in Norway.

“NFU is developing into a Nordic voice with influence. Through our work in Brussels we are being listened to in a way we would never have achieved as individual unions. Togetherness is the Nordic key.”

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Ulrika Boëthius

Management Board member
Finansförbundet, Sweden
ulrika.boethius@finansforbundet.se

About Ulrika Boëthius

Ulrika Boëthius is a member of the NFU Management Board since 2012, and the president of the Finance Sector Union of Sweden. Ulrika has worked with trade union issues most of her life, both in her company Handelsbanken where she became president of the company union and at national level, where she served 12 years as a vice president of the union until becoming elected as president in 2012. She is a board member of TCO – the Confederation of Vocational Unions in Sweden.

“The financial sectors are probably the most thoroughly regulated
sector. Therefore, it is vital for the employees that we as unions can influence these regulations before they are decided on. We also believe strongly in the Nordic tradition of cooperating with the employers, and want to spread that further in the world.”

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Anna-Karen Hauksdóttir

Management Board member
SSF, Iceland
anna.karen.hauksdottir@islandsbanki.is

About Anna Karen Hauksdóttir

Anna Karen Hauksdóttir is a member of the NFU Management Board since 2009. She is vice-president of SSF, Samtök starfsmanna fjármálafyrirtækja, the finance sector union of Iceland, where she has been a member of the Executive Committee since 2004. Anna Karen has a background in retail and investment banking and presently works as director of the staff association in Islandsbanki leading the work of all the shop stewards.

“Cooperation and information sharing has never been more important. The financial turmoil hurt Icelandic banks badly and it is important to share experiences regarding the consequences. The support of NFU makes a difference and within that realm we have the common responsibility to strive towards an environment where regulation, legal frameworks and collective agreements all work together in an informed, transparent and effective way for the good of our members, the companies and the society as a whole.”

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Rauni Söderlund

Management Board member
Trade union PRO, Finland
rauni.soderlund@proliitto.fi

About Rauni Söderlund

Rauni Söderlund is a member of the NFU Management Board since 2002. Rauni is Expert in International Affairs at Trade Union PRO, the finance sector union of Finland, since 2007. Rauni was elected to her first trade union position in 1981, and worked in Nordea Bank Finland from 1979 to 2007.

“NFU is a real masterpiece among trade union organisations worldwide
– it’s an excellent forum for exchange of information, to meet your colleagues throughout the Nordic countries, and to learn from each other. An important advantage is also the fact that by using NFU the affiliated unions can save own resources and still get the Nordic voice well heard in Europe and globally.”

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Bente Hornsrud Espenes

Management Board member
Finansforbundet, Norway
bhe@finansforbundet.no

About Bente Hornsrud Espenes

Bente H. Espenes is a member of the NFU Management Board since 2013. Bente has been a member of the Finance Sector Union of Norway since 1978 and is Vice President since 2013. She has also held other key positions in the union and in Norway’s largest financial institution – DNB. Bente has been a full-time union representative in DNB for many years and is representing the finance sector in several committees in YS – the Confederation of Vocational Unions in Norway.

“NFU is an important meeting point for the exchange of experiences
across our borders. It is a unique opportunity to discuss national issues that have implications for the financial sector in the Nordic countries. Standing together at the Nordic level, we get more impact on the issues that are decided in the EU. Efforts in NFU are particularly important when it comes to the regulatory framework of our sector.”

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Charlotte Hougaard

Management Board member
Forsikringsforbundet, Denmark
ch@forsikringsforbundet.dk

About Charlotte Hougaard

Charlotte Hougaard is a member of the NFU Management Board since 2014. She is President of Forsikringsforbundet, the insurance sector union of Denmark, since May 2014. Charlotte has a background as the President for the staff association in Topdanmark and has been a board member in Forsikringsforbundet for several years.

“NFU is of great value for Forsikringsforbundet both relating to Nordic cooperation and for influencing of EU regulation. To meet across borders and exchange experiences and knowledge provides much added value for Forsikringsforbundet, and NFU’s work also gives Forsikringsforbundet the opportunity to be part of a strong voice in the European trade union work.”

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Susanne Lindberg

Management Board member
FTF, Sweden
susanne.lindberg@ftf.se

About Susanne Lindberg

Susanne Lindberg is a member of the NFU Management Board since 2016. Susanne is the 1st vice president of FTF, the Swedish trade union for insurance and finance, since 2013. She has a background in the insurance sector for nearly 30 years and she is the President for the staff association in the insurance company Lansforsakringar in Sweden.

“NFU has a long and successful track record influencing European
regulation, legislation and cooperation. The position of the insurance, bank and finance trade union organizations is strong and the work within NFU is beneficial for the employees as well as for the consumers, the companies and the society as well. It is important that we continue to work together in the Nordic countries by NFU.