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Officials & staff of the ASU National Office


David Smith

National Secretary. David is the Chief Executive Officer of the ASU. Ensures the legislative obligations of the Union are fulfilled and that the national elected representatives of the ASU meet regularly to determine the direction of the Union. Superannuation industry experience. Previously the Secretary of the ASU Qld Services Branch. Originally from the rail industry. Director of UnionShopper.


Linda White

Assistant National Secretary. Linda coordinates the Private Sector and SACS Team which covers the following industries: Airlines, Information Technology, Social and Community Services, Clerical & Administrative, Road and Cash Transport, Travel and Call Centres. Convenor of the National Airlines Division. Regularly conducts national bargaining in airlines and private sector. Involved in political lobbying campaigns in Canberra in SACS, airlines and private sector. Experience with companies in administration (via Ansett).


Robert Potter

Acting Assistant National Secretary (Sydney). Robert coordinates the Public Sector Team which covers the following industries: Local Government, Energy, Water and Public/Private Transport (Rail, Tram & Bus). Robert is based in the Sydney National Office.


Greg McLean (Long Service Leave)

Assistant National Secretary (Sydney).


John Nucifora

National Governance and Legal Officer. John manages the compliance requirements of the Union as a registered organisation under the Fair Work legislation and as governed by the ASU Rules. He also coordinates all Rules matters, provides legal/industrial advice and FWC advocacy. ASU rep on ACTU OHS/Workers’ Compensation Committee.


Justin Cooney

National Industrial Officer. Justin is a member of the Private Sector & SACS Team (see entry for Linda White above). National bargaining in info tech, SACS and Airlines industries. Started with the ASU at the Victorian Private Sector Branch.


Joanne Knight

National Industrial Officer. Joanne is part of the Public Sector Team (see entry for Robert Potter above). Responsible for national bargaining for MOP(S) Act and Spark & Cannon, involving good faith bargaining orders, scope orders & protected action ballots. Also, modern award reviews and maintenance. Convenor of the ASU National Women's Consultative Committee. Previously National Research Officer and a recruitment and campaigns officer in the NSW United Services Branch.


Michael Rizzo

National Industrial Officer. Michael coordinates industrial work in National Office and delivery of training. Bargaining in public sector. Distributes commentary of major decisions. With ASU since 1992, 18 years as Assistant Branch Secretary in Victoria. Largely worked in the energy and water industries and has previously been a municipal councillor and chairperson of a migrant resource centre in Melbourne.

Casey Young

Casey Young

National Industrial Officer (Sydney).


Jody Miles

National Research Officer (Part Time). Jody is part of the research team, writing submissions to various inquiries, performs corporate research in preparation for bargaining as well as award and agreement analysis. Part of the award modernisation & review team. Delivers our media monitoring research service & online industrial resources. Manages our industrial resources and records system.


Lyn Fraser

National Research Officer (Sydney) (Part Time). Lyn is part of the research team, writing submissions to various inquiries, and reports on a range of topics such as privatisation and local government issues. Lyn is also part of the Public Sector Team (see entry for Greg McLean above). Prior to working for the National Office, Lyn was a Research Officer in the NSW United Services Branch and has had employment experience in a broad range of industries. Lyn is based in the Sydney National Office.




Emeline Gaske

National Campaigns & Growth Coordinator. The Campaigns & Growth Team will focus on national projects that will lead to a stronger ASU. Before coming to the ASU Emeline worked as a solicitor at Maurice Blackburn in employment and industrial relations, and has been a long time member of the ASU.




Brigid Marasco

National Communications Officer. Brigid manages National Office communications including ASU website and social media presence (Brigid is the ASUnational website Webkeeper - any feedback or problems regarding this website should be addressed to her). Writes and edits content for news and other materials. Assists with campaigns and projects, and provides advice to National officers & Branches. Media liaison, design & desktop publishing and project management of external suppliers. Industrial experience.

Media liaison: 03 9342 1469


Fouzia Aden

Executive Assistant. Fouzia assists the Private Sector & SACS Team members (please see Linda White's entry above).


Sarina Andronaco

Executive Assistant. Sarina assists the Public Sector Team members (please see Robert Potter's entry above).


Dani Brooks

Executive Assistant (Part Time). Dani is the assistant to the National Secretary and the National Governance and Legal Officer.

Jonathan Pipke

Operations Manager. Responsible for the day to day operations of the National Office (personnel, administrative service, building maintenance) as well as negotiating purchasing deals on behalf of the National Office and Branches (telecommunications, insurance, travel etc), IT system project management and implementation, and managing the ASUshop (purchasing, website and distribution of goods) and ASUjoin.




Carl Marchant

Finance Officer. Manages the financial matters of the Union (please contact your ASU Branch for financial or membership inquiries).