Speakers at the Patron's Lunch
Our Patron, Russell Lansbury, will hold a conversation with two of the most prominent emerging leaders of the union and employer groups in Australia about a wide range of issues facing our nation.
Tim Ayres is the NSW Secretary of the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU). Since graduating from the University of Sydney, Tim has worked in a range of roles in the union movement during the past 20 years. Tim has a filled a number of other roles including director of an industry superannuation fund and director of the NSW Industry Capability Network (ICN).
Mark Goodsell is the Head of the Australian Industry Group (AiG) in NSW as well as the leader of the Manufacturing Sector for the AiG. Mark has been with AiG (and its predecessor the MTIA) for over 20 years. Mark also holds a number of other significant roles including Chair of the NSW Industry Capability Network (ICN) and is a member of the NSW Skills Board and Safe Work Australia.The conversation with Tim and Mark will focus on a number of key questions including how we can ensure that Australian economy is efficient, that there is fairness in our society, that our future workforce will have sufficient skills to meet future challenges and that our industrial relations systems is effective. There will be ample opportunity for members to put their own questions to our guests.
Tim Ayres - NSW Secretary of the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union
Tim Ayres is the NSW Secretary of the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union. He has been working in the union movement for over 20 years.
Tim works everyday to stand up for workers in NSW - ensuring they get a fair deal at work, in the community and from the Government.
Under Tim's leadership, the NSW branch has run many high profile and successful campaigns, including the Build Them Here campaign in the Hunter which saw over 15,000 residents petition the Government to support Hunter industry.
Tim has served a director of industry superannuation funds, is a director of the NSW Industry Capability Network and a Director of the McKell Institute, a progressive think tank.
Tim is married with two children and lives in Sydney.
Mark Goodsell – Australian Industry Group
Mark Goodsell is Head - NSW and national Sector Lead – Manufacturing for the Australian Industry Group (Ai Group).
Mark has been with Ai Group since 1985, initially as an industrial relations adviser to the manufacturing, heavy engineering and construction sectors. Since 1998 his role has centred on public policy representing the industry base of Ai Group membership, particularly manufacturing.
His policy focus includes WHS and workers compensation, red tape and economic regulation, state and regional development, innovation, government procurement, skills formation and vocational education.
Mark is the Chair of the NSW Industry Capability Network (ICN), a member of Safe Work Australia and the NSW Skills Board.
Russell Lansbury – Patron of the IRS of NSW and Emeritus Professor at the University of Sydney
Russell Lansbury has served as the Patron of the IRS of NSW since 2012. He is a former President of the IRS of NSW as well as ALERA. He was also President of the ILERA when the World Congress was held in Sydney in 2009 and hosted by ALERA. He is also a former joint editor of the Journal of Industrial Relations.
Russell has worked with British Airways in the UK and has held a number of academic positions in universities within Australia and overseas. He was Professor of Industrial Relations and served as the foundation Director of the Australian Centre for Industrial Relations Research and Training (later known as the Workplace Research Centre) at the University of Sydney.
He holds degrees from the University of Melbourne and the London School of Economics. He was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for services to industrial relations