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Speaker - Helen Kelly

Helen Kelly has been President of the Council of Trade Unions since 2007. Helen was born in Wellington with unionism and politics running in her blood. Helen’s family has a long and proud history of involvement in unions and the struggle to improve the lives of working people.

Helen holds an LLB from Victoria University and is also a qualified teacher. It was in the teaching unions that her long professional involvement with the union movement began, holding senior office with both the New Zealand Institute of Education and the Association of University Staff. Helen was the youngest woman ever to be appointed as a general secretary, a position she held at AUS for five years until her election as CTU President.