The Tertiary Education Union | Te Hautū Kahurangi has appointed a new National Secretary for the Union. National President Michael Gilchrist said today “I am pleased to announce that Dr Sandra Grey has  accepted the position of National Secretary for the TEU starting in April  2020”.

“The TEU Council and I are delighted to see Sandra step into this role.  Sandra is a proven change-maker for our union and in the tertiary education  sector.  She has been an outstanding leader as a union member serving as  National President for three terms and she has continued to build her  experience and knowledge of the sector since becoming a staff member”.

He went on to say that Sandra is also currently a member of the NZIST  Establishment Board where her voice is significant in shaping the future of  vocational education in this country. “We believe Sandra is ideally placed to  lead the union into the next decade” Gilchrist said.

Sandra will take up the role when current National Secretary Sharn Riggs  retires at the end of March next year. Sharn is finishing an over 30 year  career as a union official which has included leading ASTE Te Hau Takitini  into the merger with AUS to form TEU in 1990. She was the inaugural national  secretary of the union.

‘It will be a huge change for our union to be without our guiding spirit of  so many years, and there will be a great sense of loss’, Mr Gilchrist  said.  ‘We thank Sharn for her outstanding work and leadership she has  provided – and we  extend our warmest congratulations to Sandra on her  appointment and look forward to working with her in her new role.’