AWU Victorian Branch Secretary


Ben Davis has been an AWU Victorian Vice President and member of the National Executive team since 2007, when he returned to Melbourne after a 10-year stint as the AWU’s Organiser for Central Victoria. At the same time, he was appointed Lead Organiser for the Metropolitan area before becoming Lead Organiser for Growth in 2009.

His years in Central Victoria gave him experience across the range of industries and situations. He regards it as the best training ground he could have had.

He was born in Melbourne, into a family of strong Labor values and belief in the trade union movement. When he started work it was natural that he would become a union member, and that union was the AWU.

When he was 22 he was recruited to the AWU as part of the ACTU’s Organising Works program, and has been a union official ever since.

“I’ve learnt a lot over the years, and I’m still learning, but one thing I know for sure is that we can achieve more by working together than struggling alone,” he said. 



AWU Victorian Branch Assistant Secretary

Jimmy Mastrandonakis was born in Carlton (Victoria) just two years after his parents migrated from northern Greece. At the end of his schooling he became an aircraft mechanical structure apprentice and later studied part-time at RMIT towards aircraft engineering qualifications. 

He was 21, and working at Boeing when he was elected an AMWU Delegate; four years later he became Site Convenor looking after 500 members. It was a natural move for Jimmy, whose father worked on the wharves and had long been a union supporter.

In 1994 he joined the AMWU, followed by a stint at the ASU, before becoming an AWU Organiser in 1998. He was elected Vice President of the Victorian Branch in 2004.

 “I am deeply honoured to be a leader in an organisation that does so much for the welfare of workers and I hope I can continue to contribute to this union for many years to come,”.



AWU Victorian Branch President


Tanya Harrington



AWU Victorian Branch Vice President (full time)

Colin Heath


Branch Vice-President (honorary)

Percy Pillai


Branch Organiser/Branch Executive Committee Member (full time)

Gavin Penn

Jeff Sharp

Patrick Wood

Ronnie Hayden

Dave Swan

Branch Executive Committee Member (Honorary)

Joel Archer

Shane Burd

Peter King

Harry Lumanovski

Patricia Rothville

Paul Spear

Neill Tacey

Megan Andrews

Johnny Keys

Vanessa Garbett


Branch Delegate to National Conference (Honorary)

Joel Archer

Tanya Harrington

Jim Ward

Andy Pearse

Peter King

Geoffrey Terrill


Branch Delegate to National Executive (honorary)


Jimmy Mastrandonakis

Gavin Penn