Meet The GenerationOne Team
The GenerationOne team is made up of a group of people with a diversity of skills in government, policy, marketing, advertising, media, health, university background, arts and culture, community engagement, youth work and research.
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- Jeremy Donovan, Chief Executive Officer
- Matt O'Sullivan, Manager - Vocational Training and Employment
Jeremy Donovan, Chief Executive Officer
Jeremy ‘Yongurra’ Donovan is a descendent of the Kuku-Yalanji and Gumbaynngirr tribes of far north Queensland and the mid north coast of NSW.
After working as the Spokesperson and National Development Director for GenerationOne, in 2014 Jeremy was appointed as Chief Executive Officer, to lead the campaign to end the disparity through employment.
Jeremy continues to make case for employer-directed training to fill the balance of jobs through the Australian Employment Covenant, work on connecting Indigenous students with careers through the Pathway Program, and build community support for a united Australia.
"I am excited by the challenges and what can be achieved in this space with GenerationOne and the Australian public. In my position as Executive Director I am ready to walk with the next generation of leaders,” said Jeremy Donovan.
Jeremy brings with him a wealth of personal experience, knowledge and understanding of the opportunities now available to Indigenous Australians, and a deep personal commitment to ensuring every Australian has the opportunity to have a dream, and to pursue it. This builds on his previous role as national spokesperson and Ambassador for GenerationOne.
Jeremy shares the sacredness of his culture to break down the barriers of ignorance that create stereotypes. He makes it his job to educate people from all corners of the world about the beauty that exists within the sacred and traditional Aboriginal culture.
At GenerationOne Jeremy uses his traditional knowledge to help the disparity between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians in one generation – this generation.
“The message is clear, if we are going to end the disparity we need to work together,” said Jeremy.
Matt O'Sullivan, Manager - Vocational Training and Employment
Matthew started his career as a youth worker, seeing first hand the barriers that can obstruct success and the power of employment to change lives, and generations, forever.
Since then Matthew has continued to work in the non-profit sector, as Manager of Reality Youth and Community Services, then Program Manager for The Australian’s Children Trust, then General Manager for The Australian Employment Covenant(AEC) and now with the merging of AEC and GenerationOne, Matthew has taken on the role as National Manager of Vocational Training and Employment.
Matthew’s mixture of management and grass-roots experience means he understands what it means to employ someone who has barriers to employment, and what a successful pre employment program looks like.
He has seen some employers join the AEC with trepidation, but end up overwhelmed with the positive outcome.
"Many AEC employers say this is one of the most rewarding aspects of their work," said Matthew.
Over the years Matthew said he has seen many Indigenous Australians, particularly the young, look at their prospects and see despair, yet through a guaranteed job and a floodlit pathway to a career, hope is returned.
Matthew hopes to see the 60000 plus jobs committed by AEC employers filled with Indigenous Australians going on to develop great careers and ending Indigenous disparity for themselves and future generations.
"Employment is the catalyst for great things in a community, it breaks the cycle of poverty and changes everything, for good."
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