The new Branch Executive team met for the very first time last week as part of a two-day induction, and I’m privileged to have the opportunity to work with such a dedicated and passionate team.

The Executive team L-R: Paul Lennard (TAFE President); Adam Clifford (Deputy President - DoE); Roz Madsen (State Manager); Mandy Jackson (Deputy President – Support Staff); Helen Richardson (Branch President); Sallyann Geale; Heather Griffin; Ian Allan; Claire Bugg; Andrew Butler; Elizabeth Osborne. Not pictured: Peta-Maree Revell, (Deputy President – Secondary Colleges). Photo by Karen Brown Photography

The Executive team L-R: Paul Lennard (TAFE President); Adam Clifford (Deputy President – DoE); Roz Madsen (State Manager); Mandy Jackson (Deputy President – Support Staff); Helen Richardson (Branch President); Sallyann Geale; Heather Griffin; Ian Allan; Claire Bugg; Andrew Butler; Elizabeth Osborne. Not pictured: Peta-Maree Revell, (Deputy President – Secondary Colleges). Photo by Karen Brown Photography

The induction phase covered key areas such as governance requirements and the Branch strategic plan.  The new 2016 Branch Operational Plan was also presented, setting out staff team targets and KPIs in all areas of our work such as industrial, membership, communications, organizing, administration and financial management.

It wasn’t all work and no play though and we had some fun with team-building activities (which included staff) on the first day and people wrestled with blankets and spaghetti buildings! The new TAFE President, Paul Lennard, proved his building prowess and he, and team-mate Adam Clifford (DoE Deputy President) were clear winners of the spaghetti challenge.

Left: Heather Griffin Clair Bugg and Mandy Jackson tackle the spaghetti challenge. Middle: Ian Allan leading from the front. Right: Paul Lennard triumphant

Left: Heather Griffin Clair Bugg and Mandy Jackson tackle the spaghetti challenge. Middle: Ian Allan leading from the front. Right: Paul Lennard triumphant.

At the next Executive meeting in March, Principal Health and Wellbeing and changes to the Education Act will be some of the issues on the agenda.