Branch Executive is the employer of staff at the AEU and deals with professional, industrial, political and administrative issues. TAFE Executive and Secondary Colleges Committee of Management decide on matters discrete to their sectors; all other matters are sent to Branch Executive.
Claire Bugg BA, MTeach, BEd (Hons)
I am a new educator and teacher of English and Humanities at Rose Bay High School. I previously taught at Huonville High School, New Town High School, and Oatlands School.
Prior to commencing my career as a teacher, I worked as an electorate adviser to two Members of Parliament, and as a hospitality professional. I also have journalism, graphic design and campaigns experience, including as a past co-ordinator of Journalists on the Edge (JOTE) on Edge Radio 99.3fm, and an internship at the Melbourne Age.
I am committed to public education, having attended public schools in North-West Tasmania. I hold a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Teaching, and a Bachelor of Education (Honours) from the University of Tasmania.
Background: state school educated in the north west. Burnie high gave me an opening to the world. I know from my life that education is pivotal to realising personal potential regardless of social class or where we live career: first year teaching in Tiwi islands an eye opener. Working in a traditional aboriginal culture is a long way from Flowerdale. Whilst there I experienced both the rich Tiwi culture and also the significant complex problems facing indigenous Australians.
Career: Originally teaching English/dose in secondary schools I retrained in early children. Started Clarendon vale neighbourhood centre.taught long Term Unemployed in tafe, & also in secondary college. Union involvement: if we are to achieve social justice we need a fair days pay for a fair days work. I have been an executive member for 20 years. I am articulate , analytical and hard working. I am able to support and motivate members to increased activism. Without united action workers are vulnerable, the executive leads this activism.
I have been teaching for over 17 years. I started teaching in New Zealand and moved back to Tasmania in 1998. I then completed a Batchelor of Teaching in 1999 at UTAS and started off at Oatlands DHS, followed by a 5 year stint at Claremont High and then onto Claremont College where I currently teach HPE, Science and ASPIRE (an alternative program to re-engage truant students).
I have also been involved extensively in the Rugby Union and Rugby League community over a period of 10 years, serving time on the various boards and was Vice Chairman of Tasmanian Rugby League for 2 years. I have also had experience in being on boards for ASSPA (Aboriginal Support) and has been a Union rep for over ten years before becoming SCCOM President in 2016.
I am committed to public education having attended New Norfolk High and Elizabeth College, as well as my children all attending public schools. I am committed to helping lead the various changes needed to strengthening and take the AEU in a positive direction for the future.
Deputy Branch President (Support Staff) Mandy Jackson is the Laboratory Technician at Hellyer College in Burnie. She has been at the college for over 20 years and previously worked at Wynyard High in the same role from 1977-89.
Mandy was a member of the Board of Child Health Association of Tasmania (now known as CHAT) and State President during a period of organisational change in the 1990’s and has been on the executive of several sporting organisations and school associations.
Well aware of the effect change can bring to workplaces having experienced the Tasmania Tomorrow Academy & Polytechnic experiment’s effect on staff in colleges and TAFE along with the resulting problems it caused within our union, Mandy is keen to avoid such problems.
As AEU Tasmania steers its way through the transformational change to our structure and organisational model needed to bring our Union into the light as a vibrant and relevant member-at-the-centre organisation and a leader within the Australian trade union movement, Mandy will strive to ensure employees and members alike are supported and heard throughout the process.
Mandy holds a Diploma of Laboratory Technology, a Cert IV in Training & Assessment and is currently completing a Diploma in Work Health & Safety.