At our latest Professionals Australia National Assembly Meeting, Dr Steve Long, a long serving Science Committee Member, was awarded a Distinguished Life Membership (DLM). Steve has been an invaluable representative of scientists on various committees including a tenure as Vice President of the Scientist Division and multiple terms as a scientist representative on National Assembly.
Professionals Australia (PA): What kind of science do you do?
Steve: I have a PhD in nuclear physics and now work in radiation measurement.
PA: Why did you decide to get involved in committee work?
Steve: After the Professional Officers’ Association of Victoria (POAV) split from the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU), I was asked to stand for the new committee to provide diversity in terms of workplace. Many on that committee were approaching retirement, so I was pressed to lead the committee through the merger with Professionals Australia (APESMA as it was known then).
The rest is history…
PA: What have you gotten out of being part of committees?
Steve: The first thing I got was broader view of what a union is and a greater sense of the collective.
Being part of union committees has enabled me to provide input from my perspective (as a scientist in government employment) to discussions on how the union can best serve its members.
Finally, it has given me considerable experience in committee work so that I am now very comfortable leading committees in international fora as part of my work
Professionals Australia would like to thank Steve for his longstanding service to members. Speaking about Steve, Chris Walton, CEO said:
“Anyone who knows Steve knows he cuts to the chase, has impeccable judgement, doesn’t take himself too seriously and is driven by a sharp intellect and an unwavering sense of fairness. One of his talents is to be able to do the big picture work taking a helicopter view but also to do the day in, day out stuff with the various governance bodies he’s been on over the years. His stamina, persistence, positive outlook and matter-of-fact approach make him a trusted and invaluable colleague to those who sit alongside him on Committees and Board. His Distinguished Life Membership is truly well-deserved.”
To be nominated for Distinguished Life Membership, the nominee will have a record of selfless and exceptional service to Professionals Australia over an extended period.
To be considered, a member must currently hold office and provide noteworthy and selfless service for a minimum of 10 years. Within this period, the member must:
- Have held or currently hold office of the National Board or held Federal Executive Office (2 years minimum)
- Have served or currently serving as a member of National Assembly (2 years minimum)
- Have served or currently serving a member of Branch/Division/Subdivision Executive (total minimum 5 years)
- Have served or currently serving a member of Branch/Division/Subdivision or Group
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