Hi I’m Bryan Raill, somewhat of a fixture on the National Executive (since 1994).
I was born in the place where cheese and rugby were invented – Taranaki. I was a little bit of a later starter as a MLS, becoming a trainee at age 30 after varied working experiences: fisherman, barman/wine steward, dishwasher, pie-maker, scrub-cutter, and construction worker in the Think Big projects.
I’m now in my 26th year in our profession, employed at CMDHB as a section head in Biochemistry. The pace of technical change and advance, as well as a great team, keeps the job interesting and challenging – and enjoyable.
My work-life balance is enhanced by living free of the motorway and being able to go home for lunch in Auckland. Family, a teenage son, reading and a recent obsession with the history of my ancestors are some vices.
My role on the Executive in maintaining, protecting and advancing our conditions is immensely rewarding – the quality and potential of the new MLS graduates and MLTs including phlebotomists that are attracted to our laboratories flows directly from all of the challenges and sheer hard work in bargaining.
Watch and listen to Bryan talk about some of his experiences with the union.