Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union



Our people

Tim Ayres - NSW Secretary


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.


Robyn Fortescue - Assistant State Secretary Manufacturing Division



Robyn Fortescue started her working life in the union movement in 1990 when she started work as an organiser with the Association of Drafting, Supervisory, and Technical Employees. Following the amalgamation of that union with the Amalgamated Metalworkers Union, Robyn became the NSW Secretary of the NSW Technical, Supervisory and Administration division of the union.

In 2015, Robyn was elected as Assistant NSW Secretary Manufacturing Division.

Robyn is involved in a number of community organisations including as Chair of the BMiles Foundation which provides support for homeless women with mental illness. She was the Secretary of the Burma Campaign Australia for 2007-2014.

Robyn sits on the Executive of UnionsNSW


Steve Murphy - Assistant State Secretary Manufacturing Division


Steve started his working life as a fitter in the Hunter region of NSW in 1996. It was at this time that he also joined his union.

In 2003, Steve started work as an Organiser from the Newcastle Office. In 2010, he was elected as the Assistant secretary of the NSW Branch.


Vanessa Seagrove - NSW Print Division Secretary


Vanessa has been an Organiser with the AMWU for 14 years. She is passionate about improving the conditions of women in the manufacturing industry and ensuring that women get more opportunities for leadership roles.

She was elected the NSW Secretary of the Print Division of the AMWU in 2015.

Heidi Kaushal - NSW Food Division Secretary

Heidi started her working life as a process worker in the food industry in Western Sydney.

She was elected NSW Secretary of Food Division in 2015

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