New National Leadership Team

United Voice, one of Australia’s biggest unions, has a new national leadership.

The leadership was confirmed this morning by the Australian Electoral Commission at the union’s National Council meeting in Queensland.


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National Secretary - David O’Byrne

David O’Byrne has spent his working life advancing the interests of working people and United Voice members - first in the Tasmanian Branch where he commencing in 1994 as an Organiser, as Branch Secretary from 2001 to 2010, then the Tasmanian Parliament and now as National Secretary. David is passionate about empowering members to have more control and a greater say at work and in their communities. He is committed to working with members to win on the issues that matter to them.

National President - Jo-anne Schofield

Jo Schofield is a committed social justice advocate and trade unionist. She was previously Assistant National Secretary of United Voice having worked for the union for 14 years in a variety of research, industrial and campaigning roles. During this time Jo led the union’s first early childhood education and care campaign and worked with contract cleaners and security members.  With over 20 years’ experience working for trade unions and not for profit organisations, Jo has a particular focus on equality and women’s issues.

Assistant National Secretary - Helen Gibbons

Helen Gibbons has been a proud member of her union for all her working life. She was previously Secretary of the Tasmanian Branch. As a United Voice delegate in South Australia, she was involved in the union’s first early childhood education and care campaign and has since organised workers in aged care, disabilities, hotels, cleaning, and casinos, working with them to build better jobs and a powerful voice.

National Vice Presidents – Lyndal Ryan and Jess Walsh

Lyndal Ryan is Secretary of the ACT Branch; Jess Walsh is Secretary of the Victorian Branch.

United Voice is one of Australia’s largest unions. Members work across the country in diverse industries, including aged care, health, early childhood education and care, hospitality, tourism, property services (cleaning and security), emergency services (paramedics and firefighters), immigration centres, manufacturing and mining. Many come from non-English speaking backgrounds and a majority are women.

Contact- 0425 242 691

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