Spotlight on Y WA's CEO- Dr Tim McDonald

Staff News

“I’ve always been drawn to listening to young people, particularly those who are disengaged and vulnerable, and I’m really passionate about equity issues and young people”.

As a 19 year old, Tim started visiting indigenous prisoners, a regular appointment he was passionate about and kept up for many years. As he continued to form deep relationships, Tim was also able to drive an education and training focused agenda which included expanding prison-based training and employment opportunities for Aboriginal people.

Tim is also author of a leading textbook on classroom engagement for Oxford University Press, Classroom Management – Engaging Students in Learning.  This resource gives teachers instructional strategies to engage students and practical skills to positively respond to students challenging behaviours and to de-escalate conflict.

“I know the power of quality education, and being an inquisitive learner with a strong passion for continuous improvement and cultivating curiosity. This extends to my leadership style which reflects my goal to inspire and empower others,” he said.

Tim’s experience in managing large-scale projects in areas of leadership, student engagement, wellbeing, innovation in the fields of education
and employment have led him to his current role as the Y WA CEO.

He is a strategic leader and innovator with over 20 years’ experience leading change, education systems design and evaluation of capacity building initiatives that have all empowered young people.

“As a father of five young people, I know firsthand how insightful young people can be – they keep me grounded and are the best teachers of respect, learning, love and forgiveness, and I am really looking forward to continuing the great work here in WA and growing our positive impact across WA,” he added.


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