Gerard Hayes

“In the short time I have been leading the HSU, we have begun the fight against the NSW state government’s budget cuts and job losses, we have introduced Journey Insurance to protect members on the way to and from work, we have begun the process to reduce members’ fees, restructured the staffing of the union, put on additional organisers and industrial staff to better service the members and we have ignited campaigns across the state to change the way the health and aged are sectors are managed. But we can only make a difference when we stand together and together we will rebuild this union.”

Gerard has been visiting members in their workplaces and taken opportunities in the media to push our important issues– job security, ambulance rosters, health and safety and understaffing. These campaigns are why people join the union – to be protected in the workplace.

Lynne Russell

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.

Mark Sterrey

Mark Sterrey knows how hard working in the health sector can be for ordinary HSU members. Mark has worked in the health sector for 34 years. After being a local delegate for many years, he knows that issues of job security, rosters, overtime, pay and safety are important for members. As President,  Mark also wants to change the culture of the Union Council and Union Committee to ensure that the decisions made are the right ones for the members and the Union.

Lindy Twyford

“In my role as vice president I want to see open and honest leadership and to make sure that everybody does the right thing by the members. And I want to see the members well-informed, and secure in the knowledge that the union is out there fighting for them.”

Steven Fraser

Committee of Management

Kim Hadson, Western NSW LHD
Thelma Thames, Audrey Hawkins Centre
Melissa Todhunter, Western NSW LHD
Alan Wilcock, North Gosford Private Hospital

Councillor and Audit and Finance Member

Joan Catlin, Sothern NSW LHD
Michael Callinan, Ambulance Services NSW


Robert Aney, Sydney LHD
Graeme Baillie, Murrumbidgee LHD
Bryan Billington, Western NSW LHD
Sharon Carney, Western LHD
Leesa Franks, South Eastern Sydney LHD
Edalina Hondros, South Western Sydney LHD
Jeffrey Knee, Hunter New England LHD
John Lawrence, Western Sydney LHD
Suzanne McGuire, Central Coast LHD
William Oddie, Northern NSW LHD
Josephine Peacock, Harbison Bare Burradoo
Gilliam Reilly, Non-Public Sector Aged Care Facility
Donna Reilly, Hunter New England LHD
Bruce Rowling, Northern Sydney LHD
Andrew Teece, Nepean Blue Mountains LHD
Darriea Turley, Far West LHD
Toni Winters, Mid North Coast LHD
Leigh Bush, Public Health ACT

Your Union Committee is made up of the President, two Vice Presidents, Secretary and Assistant Secretary/Treasurer and five ordinary members of the Committee. The role of the Union Committee is to manage the month to month business of the Union.

What is the role of the Union Committee?

The Union Committee is the committee of management of the union. The Union Committee has the power to:

  • transact all the business of the union;
  • supervise and pay all lawful debts of the union;
  • direct the Secretary and Assistant Secretary-Treasurer in the performance of their duties;
  • appoint the union auditor;
  • take any action that in its opinion is in the interests of the union.

What is the role of the Union Council?

The Union Council is the supreme governing body of the union. The Union Council has the power to:

  • fix the remuneration and terms and conditions of employment of any paid officer or employee of the union;
  • suspend or remove from office any officer of the union;
  • to alter, amend, rescind or add any rules to the union rules;
  • develop and implement union policies and procedures;
  • review the decisions of the Union Committee;
  • take any action that in its opinion is in the interests of the union.