New and familiar faces on industrial team

March 1, 2021

Some new faces have joined NZNO’s industrial services team (IST), while some familiar faces have new roles. Acting IST manager Glenda Alexander announced a raft of appointments last month.

Rob George has been appointed to the full-time educator role for the Northern region and will be based in Hamilton. That leaves an organiser position vacant in Hamilton.


Former government minister, and a former NZNO organiser, Iain Lees-Galloway, has been appointed to the permanent lead organiser role in the Central region, replacing Lyn Olsthoorn.


Christchurch-based organiser Danielle Davies has been appointed to the half-time position of industrial adviser (IA) for private hospitals and hospices. She will retain her half-time organiser role. Alexander said NZNO had been “spoilt for choice” in applicants for the IA role.

A former E tū employee, Sunny Seghal, has been appointed to a 0.8 full-time equivalent organiser role in Auckland. Alexander said Seghal had done a lot of community organising within his Indian community. He starts on March 22.

A former receptionist in the Nelson NZNO office and former membership support centre call adviser, Shannyn Hunter, joined the Nelson office organising team in January. Alexander said Hunter was already making a great contribution to the team.


Lead organiser in the Auckland office Andy Hipkiss leaves NZNO this month to take up a mediator role with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. Wishing Hipkiss well, Alexander said she hoped he would take what he had learnt at NZNO into his new role. She thanked him for the work he had done for NZNO in a variety of roles – MSC call adviser, organiser and lead organiser.

Recruitment for the organiser, lead organiser and MSC call adviser roles, created by the new appointments or departures, is underway, Alexander said.