The Australian Services Union is led by a team of proud, experienced unionists who are not afraid to take on the big issues.


Our Leadership Team is dedicated to making the union a creative and inclusive place, prepared to tackle the issues that matter most to you. See below for more about your union leaders.

If you would like to speak to any of our Leadership Team, please contact us

Lisa Darmanin, Branch Secretary

Lisa is a proud and passionate unionist, beginning her association with the ASU as a member and active workplace delegate, from Berry Street Victoria in 1997.

Lisa became Branch Secretary of the Australian Services Union, Victorian and Tasmanian Authorities and Services Branch in June 2018. Prior to this, she was the first female Branch Executive President elected in 2014.

She was first elected as ASU Assistant Branch Secretary in 2007, with responsibility for Organising and Campaigning and co-ordination of the Social and Community Services Division. Lisa had worked as an ASU organiser since 2000.

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Lisa was inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll for Women in 2016 in recognition for significant contribution to the Victorian Community, specifically in achieving gender equity for women. She was the inaugural winner of the Zelda D’Aprano Activist Award by Victorian Trades Hall Council in 2015 as most outstanding female activist for her work in the Community Services Equal Pay case and leadership in delivering world first family violence workplace entitlements.

Lisa has spent time on secondment at various roles including in the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet, working on Victorian Government initiatives in gender equality and family violence prevention, and Victorian Trades Hall Council, where she coordinated the Your Rights at Work campaign in Victoria in 2006.

Lisa was appointed to the Vision Super Board in March 2018 as a member representative having been nominated by the union. Prior to this role, Lisa has previously been a trustee director of HESTA from 2013 to 2017.

She has a Bachelor of Business, a Diploma of Community Development.

Tash Wark, Deputy Branch Secretary

Tash joined the ASU branch in 2006, after being fired up to fight back against WorkChoices as an ASU delegate in the community sector.

In her time in the union office she’s worked in many roles – starting in the Member Contact Centre, as an organiser working on the successful Equal Pay campaign and education project roles, an industrial organiser covering metro and regional members across SACS and infrastructure, leading statewide negotiations.

Tash has undertaken lead organiser roles focusing on campaigning across all ASU coverage, in the SACS and infrastructure team and local government industry team.

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She feels privileged to have worked with members, delegates and organisers across all our industries to build workers’ power and brings years of experience to her role.

Tash’s current responsibility areas include coordination of the local government industry division and the local government industry team.

Leon Wiegard, Assistant Branch Secretary

Leon first joined the ASU in 2006 following six years working with the Community & Public Sector Union.

He was initially employed as an Organiser and has organised across all of the ASU Divisions and was part of the SACS organising team throughout most of the equal pay campaign.

Leon has worked alongside, delegates, members and organisers on the SACS portable long service leave campaign and the “our community needs job security” campaign. He has also worked with delegates, members and organisers in infrastructure agencies to achieve pay outcomes much higher than the national average.

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Leon oversees the Campaigning and Organising team for the community sector, state government authorities and energy.

His main focus of the work that Leon does with the Campaigning and Organising Team is on growing the power of the ASU across all of our industry Divisions. Union power comes through active delegates and high union density in workplaces like yours.

Ty Lockwood, Assistant Branch Secretary

Ty began his work in Local Government at Shire of Campaspe back in 2001. Starting as a labourer before making the move to Melbourne, working for contractors to Local Government. In 2005 Ty joined Knox City Council in Parks maintenance.

Always passionate about workers' rights and advocacy, in 2008 he became an ASU Delegate, jumping straight into member issues and EA negotiations.

In 2011 Ty came to the ASU in the delegate development program, starting in the Member Contact Centre and then as an organiser. He worked his way from an Organiser to Lead Organiser and is now Assistant Secretary for our Local Government Campaign Team.

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Ty has worked extensively across Victoria and covered areas from Towong Shire to City of Melbourne.

Ty loves working closely and directly with members and is looking forward to sharing his knowledge and experience to ensure members' collective strength and power grows.

+ ASU Lead Organisers
Lead Organiser Phone Mobile
Kat Hardy (03) 9342 3438 0417 108 206
Kristy Lee Tyrrell (03) 9342 3447 0419 506 310
Lorraine Di Pietrantonio (03) 9342 3463 0400 986 745
Samantha Batchelor (03) 6224 3411 0459 228 612
Zoe Edwards (03) 9342 3484 0474 333 463
+ ASU Organisers
Organiser Phone Mobile
Aaron Malone (03) 9342 3400 0427 813 821
Angela McCarthy (03) 9342 3400 0477 666 323
Billy King (03) 9342 3412 0437 124 669
Charlie Volpe (03) 9342 3452 0428 734 459
Clay O'Brien (03) 9342 3409 0476 330 885
Colin Houghton (03) 9342 3442 0475 553 996
Darren Dwyer (03) 9342 3419 0427 610 148
David Nunns (03) 9342 3455 0418 856 495
Divina Blanco (03) 9342 3400 0409 969 237
Elspeth Cridland (03) 9342 3410 0428 078 098
Emma Bagg (03) 9342 3437 0499 250 030
Georgia Symons (03) 9342 3400 0477 666 328
Hayley Davies (03) 9342 3400 0428 161 681
Jacqui Ferreira (03) 9342 3496 0477 666 518
Jay Madsen (03) 9342 3450 0427 690 431
Jeff Dingli (03) 9342 3400 0437 102 489
Jess Cassidy (03) 6224 3411 0497 649 462
Joanne McEvoy (03) 9342 3400 0419 506 337
Jonathan Smallbone (03) 9342 3416 0417 105 113
Karen Tantari (03) 6224 3411 0472 512 484
Ken Richardson (03) 6224 3411 0477 666 730
Kerman Daruwalla (03) 9342 3425 0437 035 721
Martin McDonald (03) 9342 3417 0418 513 379
Matt Price (03) 9342 3459 0407 362 764
Matt Steen (03) 9342 3404 0476 550 233
Shane Lumsden (03) 9342 3400 0488 243 858
Sean McCourt (03) 9342 3480 0419 506 178
Tim Sullivan (03) 9342 3418 0475 888 168
Troy Baker (03) 6224 3411 0429 004 237
Will Wyatt (03) 9342 3421 0418 320 625
+ ASU Branch Executive

Melanie Gent

Simon Davis

Wendy Phillips

Lisa Darmanin

Tash Wark

Leon Wiegard

Ty Lockwood

Claudia Farha


Diane Smith
Maree Renden
Susan Bratby
Kristy Meikle
Craig Waters
Brian Arrowsmith
June Cozens
Toni Jones

Dawn Stuart
Marita Hagel
Adele Welsh

Jan Wrigley
Suzanne Portors

Dale Borthwick

I believe that workers need someone on their side, standing up for our members and their rights
Brittany Mitchell, ASU Delegate

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