The senior health advisor to ACT Minister for Health Rachel Stephen-Smith and former ACT regional secretary of the Community and Public Sector Union, Ash van Dijk, has been named as the new secretary of ACT Labor.
Mr van Dijk is replacing outgoing secretary Mel James, who helped Labor achieve a historic sixth term at the 2020 ACT election before announcing she would take up a role as chief of staff to Tasmania Labor Leader Rebecca White.
Mr van Dijk, who hails from the party’s left faction, was elected unopposed.
ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr said Mr van Dijk is highly respected within the party.
“He is highly regarded across the ACT Branch and brings passion, empathy and considerable organisational, campaign and political experience to the job,” he said.
Mr van Dijk said he is honoured to be appointed as secretary in Australia’s most progressive jurisdiction.
“Our members are passionate, engaged and diverse and I’m looking forward to working with them to build our membership and continue to drive positive change in our community,” he said.