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.

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