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About Graham (Kermie) Harsant

Graham grew up in the Victorian town of Healesville where he once again resides. Whilst the town reverberates to the sound of log trucks passing through on a daily basis, Graham's career path took him into the world of advertising sales. Having worked television, magazines, radio and press, he eventually ended up with a trucking publication. The involvement with this industry and the people within it created a yearning to put pen to paper - to relate their stories of the road. So he jumped ship from ad sales to become a happy writer of trucks, truck shows and particularly the people without whom the country would stop.

"These characters and their stories - both tall and true, funny and tragic are well worth preserving and I'd like to think that I play a small part in doing that with Big Rigs," he said.

(The 'Kermie' nickname came from a pair of bright green Crocs that Graham has a penchant for wearing)

Email: kermie52@bigpond.com - Phone: 0418 139 415

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About Michelle Peden

Michelle has worked many years in the corporate arena and health management. She is a qualified Nutritionist, having completed a Bachelor Degree in Health Science (Nutritional Medicine). She also holds a Personal Training qualification. During her working career, she has had the opportunity to work both here in Australia and abroad in Japan and the United Kingdom. Michelle has spent time travelling throughout Australia delivering individual and group training sessions in nutrition and weight loss education.

Michelle is the founding Director of Natural Wellbeing Solutions health clinic - www.naturalwellbeingsolutions.com.au. In addition to her private consulting practice, she also offers cooking classes, healthy eating workshops and corporate wellness programs. She is currently completing a Masters in Business Administration (MBA).

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About Michael Aird

Michael Aird started out in the transport industry at the age of 16 as a delivery driver for Pizza Hut and later worked on the waterfront for Brambles in Newcastle. Michael transitioned into the role of TWU Official in 1995 and looked after the North Coast region from Taree to the Queensland border. After two successful years there he moved again, this time south to help organise members in the Wollongong area from 1998 to 2002.

He achieved some great outcomes including the TWU campaign to stop outsourcing in the Cash-in-Transit sector.. Michael’s perseverance on issues-based campaigning was recognised in 2002 when he was nominated as the ACTU’s Organiser of the Year.

Following the successful completion of his law degree, Michael continued to use the skills gained from his campaigns to fight for members as a Legal Officer in the Parramatta Office. He was appointed chief legal officer in 2007. After an in-house period with the TWU’s lawyers, Maurice Blackburn, where Michael represented and assisted many injured TWU workers, Michael returned to became a Senior Official with the TWU in 2010. He oversaw the development of the TWU’s national bargaining campaigns and following their success Michael was elected TWU NSW Assistant State Secretary in 2012. Following the announcement of Wayne Forno’s retirement, Michael nominated for the position of TWU NSW State Secretary at the 2014 election and was elected unopposed.

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