The Tasmanian Branch of the Australian Education Union has announced former teacher, principal, Attorney-General and Minister for Education and Training Brian Wightman has been selected as State Manager.

Brian Wightman brings a lifetime of passion for public education to the role, having been educated in Tasmanian public schools and later fulfilling teaching and leadership roles in Northern public schools.

“As a former rank and file member of the AEU, member representative and committee member, my passion for the work of educators has never gone away,” said Brian Wightman.

“No matter the role that I have played in public life, education and the need to support frontline educators to drive improved outcomes has been at the forefront of my leadership.”

“When we collectively recognise and respect educators and their commitment, dedication and expertise, young people and their families have the best opportunity to succeed.”

The AEU’s appointment of Brian Wightman followed an extensive local, national and international search and the union is celebrating a well-respected local educator winning the important role.

“It shows the strength of public education in Tasmania that the best person for the job after an international search is a local educator,” said AEU Tasmanian President Helen Richardson.

“Brian is a long-term AEU member, one of our strongest advocates for public education and as a former public school student, teacher and principal, he couldn’t come better suited or prepared for the job.”

“In a tough year where many Tasmanians discovered just how valuable our teachers, principals and support staff really are, Brian is well placed to ensure that value and respect for educators is maintained and our union continues to be led by members to meet their expectations and aspirations.”

“Previous roles as a Minister, Attorney General and Executive Director of the Property Council in Tasmania mean Brian is known and respected across political divides,” said Helen Richardson. “He’ll be a tremendous advocate for AEU members and our public education system.”