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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- Matt O'Sullivan, Chief Operating Officer
- Sharon Jones, National Employment Manager
- Tammy Prior, Senior Account Manager WA, SA
- Matthew Connolly, Senior Account Manager QLD
- Kerryn Shearman, Senior Account Manager NSW
- Jade Delaney, Business Support Officer
- Peter Murdoch, Policy & Research
Matt O'Sullivan, Chief Operating Officer
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."
Sharon Jones, National Employment Manager
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.
Sharon manages the team nationally and is also the Senior Account Manager for Victoria and the Northern Territory.
Tammy Prior, Senior Account Manager WA, SA
Tammy’s inspiration is her 2 sons and her mother who taught her to be independent from an early age.
Tammy is currently Senior Account Manager for WA/SA. Prior to this Tammy took up a role as Senior Facilitator with Matera Foundation coordinating and facilitating pre-employment training programs for job seekers. This experience had given her a deep appreciation of job seekers with barriers who seek to improve their quality of life.
Previously, Tammy had worked for John Holland as the Aboriginal Affairs Advisor providing advice and support across the Rail West business with tendering, strategic planning, environmental, community engagement, procurement and employment outcomes.
Tammy also worked in various roles within the public sector for over 20 years supporting the implementation of sustainable social and community based initiatives with Aboriginal communities, through economic development, tourism, training and employment. Tammy has completed an Associate Degree Aboriginal Community Management and Development at Curtin University and went on to complete a Certificate IV in Assessment and Training.
Tammy’s career objective is to assist Aboriginal people in sustainable employment and/or business prospects by applying her skills and experience obtained throughout her career.
For all WA and SA VTEC enquiries, Tammy can be contacted via email@example.com or 0439 163 384.
Matthew Connolly, Senior Account Manager QLD
Matt Connolly has spent many years working in small and medium business development across several states and territories. Much of Matt’s career has been dedicated to growing the Indigenous business sector.
Matt has strong experience assisting business leaders across many industries including retail, trades, hospitality, fitness, tourism, NFP’s and government to name a few. Matt deeply believes that culturally empowered workplaces better reflect business markets, can garner more community respect and support, and can often translate to greater business and social outcomes.
For all QLD VTEC enquiries, Matt can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org or 0437 186 484.
Kerryn Shearman, Senior Account Manager NSW
Kerryn Shearman is the Senior Accounts Manager for NSW.
Kerryn comes directly from the VTEC program as the former coordinator for Western NSW. She brings a wealth of knowledge from her role with the VTEC initiative and extensive contacts across a large area of NSW. Kerryn has a thorough understanding for the job seeker and the barriers that they need to overcome to be able to improve their chances of employment. Her VTEC experience has also allowed for a clear understanding of business and industry and their needs during the recruitment phase.
Prior to VTEC Kerryn worked extensively within varied communities developing and implementing youth retention programs as a Senior Partnership Broker funded under the Department of Employment, Education and Workplace Relations (DEEWR). This allowed Kerryn to work with community to promote and advocate for education of youth and she was fortunate enough to see the life changes that this brought not only to the student but entire families.
Kerryn has worked across various roles within government and non-government organisations supporting youth, business and industry over a span of 20 years. Developing community programs and advocating for education not only with youth but with mature age students as well.
Kerryn's qualifications include internationally recognised training in Community Engagement and Participation as well as a Cert IV Business, Cert IV Human Resources, Cert IV Training and Assessing and is looking to further her education by enrolling in a Diploma of Human Resources in the new year.
Kerryn’s inspiration are her children and she strives to ensure that they are raised with a strong social conscious and she leads by example.
Kerryn’s career objective is to continue to foster and promote the importance of education and training to encourage Aboriginal people into sustainable, long term employment by applying skills that have been learnt throughout her career.
For all NSW VTEC enquiries, Kerryn can be contacted via email@example.com or 0499 077 207.
Jade Delaney, Business Support Officer
Jade grew up on the Mid North Coast of NSW but it wasn't until she moved to Broome in 2006 that she started to learn about the history of her home town and of Aboriginal Australia. With a focus on Indigenous studies, Jade became passionate about the disparity that exists for many Aboriginal people and dedicated her education to learning about the historical context and contemporary challenges facing the Indigenous community. After volunteering for several months, Jade was delighted to join the GenerationOne team.
"Working with GenOne has given me a fantastic opportunity to be part of something that is helping thousands of individuals and communities across Australia. I feel incredibly proud to be a part of it."
Jade is repsonsible for the administration of GenerationOne's operations and provides support to the team across the country.
She has a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Social Justice and Indigenous Studies and is currently enrolled in a Masters of Strategic Communications.
Peter Murdoch, Policy & Research
Peter previously worked in Government and brings to the team experience across a range of different policy areas. With a unique perspective formed from tertiary studies in philosophy and years as an Army Reserve Officer, Peter is solutions-focused and understands the importance of empowering people to shape their own futures.
Having often worked in fast-paced, sensitive and research intensive environments, Peter is an agile and organised policy professional who is excited to contribute to our mission of creating parity. With qualifications in Training and Assessment, Peter also has grass-roots experience in structuring and managing large-scale employment skills programs.
Peter grew up in Melbourne before moving to Perth and in his spare time enjoys volunteering, travelling and learning new languages.
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