Council is the highest decision making-body of our union. It is made up of representatives from each school and campus in addition to members of Executive. Councillors represent the views of their workplace colleagues in the deliberations of the ACT Branch as a whole.
Our Executive is directly elected by the whole membership of our union. Its function is to conduct the affairs of the union in between meetings of Branch Council.
Angela is a classroom teacher.
Roger Amey is the Executive Teacher (Science) at Lake Ginninderra College and also teaches in the Connect 10 programme. He has been a member of AEU ACT Executive since the 1990s and represents our union on the Government Schools Education Council. Roger Feels education is the most important investment any community can make in its future. Education provides social and economic opportunities for everyone who participates. Teachers are the foundation of any education system and must be valued to ensure young people have the future they deserve.
Karen is a teacher at Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) and is involved in a diverse range of community and commercial projects and training activities conducted by CIT Health, Community and Science. Currently Karen is working with many ACT employers and family carers to prepare for the transformations in the disability, aged care and home and community care sectors. Karen is a long term member of the Australian Education Union (AEU) and was elected AEU Vice President of TAFE Council in February 2014. Previously Karen has worked for TAFE NSW and in Local Government, Community Sector Management. Karen is also a member of the Board of DUO Services Australia, chairs the DUO Services subcommittee and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Vocal Point, a community choir, which supports ACT community musical theatre and provides entertainment for senior citizens. Karen is currently studying classical and contemporary singing and holds a Graduate Diploma in Education (Vocational Education and Training) and a Bachelor of Social Work.
Anne is Head of the Department of Animal, Environmental and Laboratory Science at CIT's Bruce Campus. Anne has been active on TAFE Council for many years and joined Branch Executive in 2014.
Peter teaches preschool at Namadgi where he runs the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden project. Before coming to the ACT three years ago, he taught in Victorian schools for a decade. He joined the AEU in Victoria and was constantly involved as a Sub-Branch representative and on Executive and Council for six years.
Shane has spent a career of 30 years committed to public education and has been a principal for 15 years. He is currently Principal of Bonython Primary School. Previously, he worked across primary and secondary sectors in the special setting of Birrigai. He is the ACT AEU branch representative on the National Principal’s Committee.
Theresa teaches in the Learning Support Unit at Caroline Chisholm High School and has previously worked at Karabar High School and the Woden School. In addition to being a member of the AEU Executive, she is a Respect, Equity and Diversity Contact Officer (REDCO), Women’s Officer, ACT representative on the national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Committee and Secretary of the Caroline Chisholm Sub-Branch.
Our team of full-time paid staff in Barton are here to support you and implement the decisions of Council and Executive.
Before starting as a Schools Organiser with the AEU, Glenn taught History, English and Global Relations at Dickson College and before that at Lake Ginninderra College and at Melrose High School. He won the 2007 Australian National University Prize for Excellence in Secondary Teaching. Glenn also did a stint teaching in the UK, out of which came Tales of a Footloose Colonial. His second book, Dear Editor: The Collected Letters of Oscar Brittle, was published in 2009. Glenn worked in a range of union roles before being elected Secretary at the beginning of 2013. Glenn and wife Marina, also a teacher, live with their two children in Michelago.
Prior to coming to AEU ACT, Jacqui practised and lectured in law. She’s no stranger to the teaching profession, having taught English and Drama in NSW for nearly two decades. Jacqui was a highly active member of NSW Teachers’ Federation and performed a stint as President of the Blue Mountains Unions Council. Jacqui was previously the Organiser of our Central Region.
Patrick is a new educator going into his second year of teaching, at Canberra College. He teaches English, SOSE and legal studies and has also taught maths. He became involved in the union as Lanyon High's representative on Branch Council and was elected to Branch Executive in 2013.
Naomi joins us from political and community campaigns. Prior to coming to AEU ACT, Naomi was the Lead Organiser at UnionsACT. In 2015-16, she coordinated the union campaign in Eden Monaro, when the seats bellwether status was broken for the first time in almost 50 years.
Gerard is both a teacher and student at CIT.
Meaghan has expertise in databases.
Lucy joins us from working in clubs throughout the ACT.
Before coming to AEU ACT, Lauren was Operations Manager at the Royal District Nursing Service of South Australia where she managed a range of direct care, business and administrative services. She has qualifications in Accounting, Business and Information Management and is passionate about providing quality services and streamlined administrative systems using effective IT solutions.