Constitutional Recognition Campaign Director announced

Reconciliation Australia today announced the appointment of Tim Gartrell to lead You Me Unity—the nationwide education campaign about recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia’s Constitution.

Mr Gartrell recently led the successful GenerationOne campaign to decrease Indigenous disparity through education, training and employment.

Prior to GenerationOne Mr Gartrell was CEO of social research company Auspoll, and from 2003-2008 he was National Campaign Director of the Australian Labor Party during which time he was credited as one of the driving forces behind Labor’s groundbreaking 2007 campaign.

Reconciliation Australia CEO Leah Armstrong said she is thrilled to have a campaign director of the caliber of Mr Gartrell.

“Tim Gartrell is widely regarded as one of Australia’s premier campaigners and strategists. He built GenerationOne into a strong social movement where the supporter base has grown to 250,000 in just three years,” Ms Armstrong said.

“Tim has a proven track record in the planning and implementation of national campaigns and his insight and experience means that You Me Unity, and the movement for constitutional recognition, is in the best hands to reach out to all Australians.

“Tim was the outstanding candidate to lead this campaign and we are delighted to have him on the team,” Ms Armstrong said.

Mr Gartrell holds a Master of Arts (Communications Studies) and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.

Reconciliation Australia is the peak body promoting reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians.

Reconciliation Australia has been nominated by the Australian Government to lead the public education campaign on the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution.

Paul House with gum leaves and smoke
Paul Girrawah House

Paul Girrawah House has multiple First Nation ancestries from the South-East Canberra region, including the Ngambri-Ngurmal (Walgalu), Pajong (Gundungurra), Wallabollooa (Ngunnawal) and Erambie/Brungle (Wiradyuri) family groups.

Paul acknowledges his diverse First Nation history, he particularly identifies as a descendant of Onyong aka Jindoomang from Weereewaa (Lake George) and Henry ‘Black Harry’ Williams from Namadgi who were both multilingual, essentially Walgalu-Ngunnawal-Wiradjuri speaking warriors and Ngunnawal–Wallaballooa man William Lane aka ‘Billy the Bull’ - Murrjinille.

Paul was born at the old Canberra hospital in the centre of his ancestral country and strongly acknowledges his First Nation matriarch ancestors, in particular his mother Dr Aunty Matilda House-Williams and grandmother, Ms Pearl Simpson-Wedge.

Paul completed a Bachelor of Community Management from Macquarie University, and Graduate Certificate in Wiradjuri Language, Culture and Heritage and Management from CSU.

Paul provided the Welcome to Country for the 47th Opening of Federal Parliament in 2022. Paul is Board Director, Ngambri Local Aboriginal Land Council, Member Indigenous Reference Group, National Museum of Australia and Australian Government Voice Referendum Engagement Group.  

Paul works on country with the ANU, First Nations Portfolio as a Senior Community Engagement Officer

Acknowledgement of Country

Reconciliation Australia acknowledges Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing  connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures; and to Elders past and present. 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that this website contains images or names of people who have passed away.

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