Unionist | Campaigner | Strategist
Alex is the Secretary of UnionsACT, the peak organisation for the unions representing over 33,000 members in the Australian Capital Territory.
Alex is regarded as a leading thinker and strategist within the trade union movement. He has successfully led the ACT union movement and UnionsACT for the past five years, rebuilding the organisation into a high-impact peak council with a sharp focus on young workers, women’s rights and workplace safety.
Alex has held key organising, campaigning and leadership roles within the union movement, in Victoria and the ACT. He has represented tens of thousands of working people to industry, government and the community.
A published author, Alex has written full-length specialist texts, columns for The Guardian, and publishes a fortnightly newsletter read by over 100 union and progressive leaders.
With over a decade of campaigning experience, Alex has led winning campaigns in the union and climate movements.
With a focus on collaborative and empowering management, Alex has experience in building respectful workplace cultures and high-performing teams.
Before taking up the leadership role at UnionsACT, Alex was the Campaigns Director for Environment Victoria, and before that national union services manager at Slater & Gordon.
In 2012, Alex was an Organising Fellow with the Obama for America presidential campaign based in Boston, Massachusetts.
He has also worked in the disability sector as fundraising manager for Victoria’s oldest intellectual disability service, as campaign coordinator for several unions, and as a lecturer and tutor in public relations at Victoria University.
Alex holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree and a Masters of Public Policy focusing on climate change from the University of Melbourne. He also holds a postgraduate degree in Management at the Melbourne Business School, and a specialist certificate in executive leadership.
In 2012-15, Alex wrote a weekly column, called Southern Crossroads, for The Guardian UK’s environment pages, focusing on climate change.
He is a Climate Reality Project Presenter and was personally trained by the Hon. Al Gore in 2009. From 2008-12 Alex was National Secretary of the Labor Environment Action Network.
Alex was a board member of Greenpeace Australia-Pacific from 2013-16 and was a board member of The Wilderness Society (Victoria) from 2012-2014.
A published author, Alex has lectured at Victoria University on public relations and media management, and guest lectured at US institutions.