Industrial Team

The AWU’s industrial team of Jamila Gherjestani, Geoff Symington, Graeme Beard and Alex Gounis bring energy and commitment to ensure their members have decent wages and conditions and can enforce those rights.

Jamila Gherjestani 

Senior Industrial Lawyer


Graeme Beard

Graeme has been part of the AWU National Industrial Office for the past 20 years and has been at the AWU Granville office for the past 8 years. Graeme's experience will help the AWU members in achieve the best possible outcome.

Geoff Symington

​Director - Industrial Program

Geoff has a long term association with the AWU having previously worked in the industrial relations office in 1990s.  Geoff returned to the AWU GNSW Branch in 2014 and has taken an active involvement in the public sector, manufacturing and regional issues.  Geoff gives valuable support to members and AWU officials regarding collective Agreements, disputes resolution, discipline and dismissals.

Alex Gounis