President and Chair
Michael Harmer, Harmers Workplace Lawyers
Michael Harmer is the founding partner, Chairman and Senior Team Leader of Harmers Workplace Lawyers, and has in excess of 35 years’ experience in industrial relations. During this time he has provided legal and strategic advice in a number of major enterprise bargaining and change management initiatives and has built up extensive experience and expertise across all areas of employment and industrial law. His practice focuses on innovative, high quality problem solving and a preventive approach to law. While having an emphasis on corporate Australia and its senior executives, the firm seeks to implement workplace fairness for all, and will represent employers, employees and their representative organisations as needed. Michael has represented many of Australia’s leading corporations, senior executives and media personalities as well as having run some of Australia’s leading cases in employment and discrimination areas.
Fiona Hardie, Hardie Grant – Employer Representative
Fiona Hardie is co-owner of one of Australia’s largest independent publishers. She and her partner, Sandy Grant, established Hardie Grant in Melbourne in 1997. The company now has offices in Melbourne, Sydney and London and San Francisco; publishes hundreds of titles each year, in a range of media – books, magazines, and digital; and employs 200 staff. The publishing sector has a high proportion of female staff and Hardie Grant, like many publishers, has a high proportion of women in management, as well as flexible working arrangements. Over the past thirty years, Fiona has been involved with women’s, legal, publishing and workplace organisations, including setting up one of the earliest employer-based childcare centres in Melbourne.
Keith Harvey retired from the Australian Services Union in 2011 after nearly 40 years of full-time work in the trade union movement. Keith was an ASU National Industrial Officer at the time of his retirement and had worked on a number of key cases including the Pay Equity case in social, community and disability services. Since retirement Keith has undertaken some research and writing work for AIER. He is also a Trustee Director of Care Super, an industry superannuation fund and is Chair of Aspire Learning a not for profit company developing vocational education learning resources for business and community services occupations. He is a life member of the ASU.
Tim is a Lead Organiser at the NUW whose primary role is to coordinate the organising of the market research and contract call centre sectors across Australia. His other roles at the NUW include education and campaigning. Prior to joining the NUW in 2008 Tim ran a carpentry business, worked in warehouses and manufacturing plants and completed a BA in Media Studies.
Michael works as an Industrial Officer for the Australian Education Union — Victorian Branch. Before joining the AEU in 2015, Michael worked as an employment and industrial relations lawyer. Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Graduate Diploma of Arts (Asian Studies) (UniMelb) and a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) (ANU).
Sean Reidy, Barrister – Independent Representative
Sean Reidy is a solicitor and barrister working in Queensland. He was formerly a partner with the Queensland law firm Carne Reidy Herd. He is a member of the Queensland Law Society’s Industrial Law Committee and practised in employment law and industrial relations for twenty-five years.
Previous Executive Members
Elizabeth Barrett, National Union of Workers
Elizabeth worked as an Industrial Officer in the National Office of the National Union of Workers. Elizabeth holds Bachelor degrees in Arts and Law from the Australian National University and a Masters in Employment and Labour Relations Law from the University of Melbourne.
Colleen Chen works in private legal practice and is currently undertaking research for a university on the sharing economy. In 2013, she co-founded Interns Australia, the peak body for interns and students undertaking work placements in Australia.
Trevor is the Director – Industrial and Legal for the ACTU. Prior to joining the ACTU Trevor worked for Slater and Gordon.