Lynne Russell has had a long career in health, starting in 1981 as a casual employee in food services at Wallsend Hospital. She joined HAREA (as the HSU was then known) on the very day she started work. As Lynn’s mother was the hospital’s sub branch secretary, and her father an active CFMEU delegate, you might say she has union blood running in her veins.
Lynne was first spurred to take a more active role in the union when it became known that Wallsend Hospital would be threatened with closure. She decided to step up and take action. This lit the fire in her belly and she’s been campaigning against injustice ever since.
When Wallsend eventually closed, Lynne moved over to John Hunter Hospital and joined the sub branch. She was elected secretary of the sub branch in 1995, became state and national councillor of the HSU in 1997, and a member of the HSU executive in 1999.
As the HSU’s first female Assistant Secretary in its 107 year history, Lynne is a proud advocate for change and a strong believer in more women in leadership roles. She is excited for what the future brings.