Biographies

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Gerard Dwyer

National Secretary-Treasurer

Gerard Dwyer is the National Secretary-Treasurer of the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees’ Association. Gerard was the Secretary-Treasurer of the SDA-NSW Branch (2005-2014), National President of the Union (2008-2014) and SDA National Secretary since 2014.

Gerard grew up in regional NSW and moved to Sydney at the age of 18 to pursue tertiary studies. He has a Bachelor of Education (History and English (1989)), a Masters of Business in Employment Relations (UTS, 2002), and is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Gerard’s working life has seen him employed as a shop assistant, classroom teacher, social worker and as a Trade Union Official for over 20 years.

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Ian Blandthorn AM

National Assistant Secretary

Ian is currently the National Assistant Secretary for the Shop Distributive and Allied Employees Association (SDA).  He commenced with the SDA in 1981 and became National Assistant Secretary in 1986. He also holds a number of other positions in the industry.  He is a Board member of Skills IQ, a member of the  Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) Executive and President of UNI APRO Commerce.

He has previously been a chair of Service Skills Australia, joint Chair of the Wholesale Retail and Personal Services Industry Reference Committee, member of the State Training Board of Victoria, the President and Member of Flagstaff College of TAFE Council and a member of Board of TAFE of Victoria University.

On Australia Day 2014, Ian was honoured for his significant service in the retail, wholesale and personal services industries, being made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).