Te Hautū Kahurangi | Tertiary Education Union (TEU) is pleased to announce the appointment of four staff entering new positions across industrial, operational, communications and campaigns roles.

Former TEU National Industrial Officer Irena Brorens has been appointed  Assistant National Secretary – Industrial. Brorens has worked for the Association of Staff in Tertiary Education (ASTE) prior to the amalgamation with TEU. Since the formation of TEU, Brorens has worked as National Industrial Officer, and has been Acting Deputy Secretary for the past 2 years. Brorens says she is looking forward to continuing her work advocating for members on industrial matters in her new role.

Samantha Stephen was the TEU Operations Manager for 5 years, Acting Deputy Secretary with Irena Brorens for 2 years and the Returning Officer for National Elections for the past year. Samantha has been appointed Assistant National Secretary – Operational. Stephen has worked in events management, and within the education sector for 5 years prior to TEU, and says she is looking forward to having greater capacity to streamline processes and improve efficiencies within TEU,

‘It’s important that we have processes and systems in place so that we can maximise recruitment opportunities, meet member needs, and ensure TEU continues as a strong voice for the sector. This new role will see me take a greater part across a number of projects, and I’m looking forward to the challenge’.

Beginning April 14, Enzo Giordani will enter his new role as Communications and Campaigns Officer, having worked as a union organiser for 16 years, and TEU organiser for the past 11 years. Giordani has worked with a wide variety of working people in the union movement in his time as organiser, and is looking forward to sharing TEU’s story and connecting with members in his new role,

‘There are some great stories to tell, and I’m looking forward to the prospect of putting those stories out there and getting as many people hearing them as possible. I’m also keen to sink my teeth into some big picture issues, and to undertaking some broader campaign work to inform and shape the sector as a whole’.

Megan Morris (Maūapoko and Rangitane) has been a union organiser for 20 years, TEU organiser for 16 years, and will begin her new role as Education and Industrial Campaigns Officer on June 1. Morris has also been part of the CTU Health and Safety group since 2003 and says she is excited to enter into the new role while continuing to work closely with members,

‘I’m looking forward to continue working with members, but in a new capacity. The ultimate goal of an organiser is to improve member education and empower people. I’m excited to continue that mission in my new role, while further developing relationships with members and TEU staff’.

TEU National Secretary Sandra Grey says she is thrilled to have existing staff moving into new roles, with the four staff bringing both continuity and new ideas to their positions,

‘Irena, Samantha, Enzo and Megan together bring a wealth of experience and expertise to their new roles. It’s always a positive and a huge benefit to TEU to have existing staff continue in their work for the union in new ways, and bringing fresh perspectives to different areas of our work as a union’.