Dr Tim McDonald
Chief Executive Officer
It is a pleasure to be CEO of GenerationOne as we collectively work towards the goal of ending the disparity between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians in one generation through employment, welfare reforms and education.
I was appointed to the role of CEO – GenerationOne in February 2018. My aim is to provide strategic leadership and facilitate community and government partnerships to advance initiatives to end the disparity between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians through real opportunities in education, training, mentoring and employment.
My previous role was Executive Director of Western Australia Catholic Education, wherein I was responsible for 163 schools, more than 75K students and over 15K employees. I have previously worked as an Associate Professor at a University and learnt a lot in working with young adults in a referral unit in the UK for whom mainstream education was not an option.
On a personal note, my greatest achievement is my five children, they keep me grounded and are the best teachers of respect, being human, learning, love and forgiveness.
Sharon Jones has 20 years experience in employment, training, community and economic development as well as human resource management. She has an extensive knowledge of business development, supporting Aboriginal people with negotiation of contracts and infrastructure and developing business proposals for financial assistance.
Sharon has previously enjoyed great success managing and operating her own business which undertook a number of contracts to review remote training, development of employment policies, providing technical advice to Aboriginal community based organisations and managing design, development and delivery of Aboriginal cultural training.
Sharon has been comprehensively involved in both the public and private sectors working intimately with Aboriginal communities, mining companies and government agencies. She excels at providing a coherent link for all stake holders to effectively facilitate the employment of Aboriginal people into sustainable jobs.
As an integral member of the GenOne team, Sharon works to promote employment opportunities for Indigenous Australians across Australia and to build the capacity of businesses to better engage with an Indigenous workforce. She is also managing a pilot program using the VTEC model for prisoners to support their rehabilitation with a guaranteed job on release.
Yuluwirri is a proud Goomilaroi man, growing up at Toomelah, an Aboriginal community near the NSW/QLD border.
Yuluwirri’s has over eight years experience working within Aboriginal communities across a variety of areas including mental health, men’s groups, youth work, community outreach and employment. Yuluwirri’s previous role was working for Fortescue Metals Group within their Aboriginal development team with a focus on Indigenous recruitment and retention.
He believes anything is possible for Indigenous Australians, they just have to be brave enough to dream BIG. He has a Diploma in Project Management and looking to start a Bachelor of Business in the near future, with the end of goal of completing his MBA.
Yuluwirri is currently overseeing the roll out of the Cashless Debit Card in the Goldfields region, WA.
Tammy is an Aboriginal women and is passionate about Indigenous Affairs.
Prior to working with GenerationOne, Tammy was the Senior Facilitator with the Matera Foundation coordinating and facilitating pre-employment training programs for job seekers. Previously, Tammy has worked for John Holland as the Aboriginal Affairs Advisor, providing advice and support across the Rail West business with tendering, strategic planning, environmental impacts, community engagement, procurement and employment outcomes.
Tammy also worked in various roles within the public sector for many years supporting the implementation of sustainable social and community based initiatives with Aboriginal communities, through economic development, tourism, training and employment. Tammy has completed numerous qualifications including a Certificate IV in Assessment and Training and Associate Degree Aboriginal Community Management and Development at Curtin University.
In her current role with GenOne, Tammy supports the Australia wide VTEC network and is managing ‘The Big Yarn’ – a media project that challenges stereotypes and raises the aspirations of Indigenous Australians.
Peter’s previous work in Government brings to the team sophisticated analytical skills and experience across a range of different policy areas. With a unique perspective from tertiary studies in Philosophy and time as an Army Reserve Officer, Peter understands the importance of focusing on solutions and inspiring others to shape their own future. Having worked in time-sensitive environments with limited information, Peter remains adaptable and fluid in his thinking. He has grass-roots experience in structuring and managing training programs and is excited to contribute to our mission of creating parity.
Peter grew up in Melbourne before moving to Perth, and in his spare time enjoys reading about leadership and finance, watching investigative documentaries and is currently completing a Law degree.
Peter provides high level research and analyses policy relevant to projects across GenOne. He is currently coordinating Minderoo’s In-school Parent Employment Service (IPES) to support young parents into work.’
Will has a strong passion to end the disparity between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Australians. Growing up in the Pilbara region, Will knows the best engagement is achieved through effective and meaningful consultation and collaboration with a broad range of people and organisations from all levels of the community to better understand their collective views.
Will joined GenOne in mid 2017 after nearly fourteen years with Fortescue Metals Group working in the Aboriginal employment and development space.
Will’s main focus currently is stakeholder engagement in the Cashless Debit Card sites.
Bruce Mansfield was appointed Special Advisor for the Cashless Debit Cards (CDC) in September 2017, supporting the Minderoo Foundation’s work to implement the CDC as part of the ground-breaking Creating Parity – The Forrest Review, delivered to the Federal Government in 2014. The CDC builds on world’s best practice delivery of government welfare payments via the retail consumer payment system, with additional enhancements to support SKU and merchant level controls to restrict the purchase of certain goods by welfare recipients across the nation.
Prior to this, Bruce was Managing Director of eftpos Payments Australia Limited (eftpos) from August 2010 to August 2017. Prior to joining eftpos, Bruce held a number of senior executive positions for Visa Inc. where he worked for over 18 years undertaking roles in Australia and around the globe, including EVP – Australia, New Zealand & Pacific Islands, EVP – Emerging Products & Technology (Asia Pacific), Regional Head – Commercial Products (International), Country Manager (Australia) and Country Manager (New Zealand). Prior to Visa, Bruce held a number of positions in the data processing and retail petroleum industries.
Bruce resides in Sydney, is a Lifeline Australia Board Member and was previously a Save the Children Australia Board Member where he was able to witness the opportunities and challenges that first Australians face. Bruce also leads Minderoo’s End Cancer Initiative.