Our Team

The work of the Recognise movement is supported by a dedicated staff team. We report to the board of Reconciliation Australia.

Joint Campaign Director Mark Yettica-Paulson

Joint Campaign Director Mark Yettica-Paulson

Mark Yettica Paulson is Joint Campaign Director for Recognise. Mark is a community leader who has been a RECOGNISE ambassador since 2013. Over two decades Mark has worked across many areas of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs, working in leadership development and cultural mentoring.

His work has seen him lead projects to drive reconciliation within diverse organisations such as the AFL, NAB, Social Leadership Australia, the Foundation for Young Australians and with many other education, youth, community and church groups and corporates.

Mark has held leadership roles with the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre and with the Office of the Registrar for Aboriginal Corporations.

Mark was recognised by The Australian as being one of the top 100 emerging leaders in Australia. In 2011 he won ‘Best Public Speaker in Australia’ on the ABC’s Strictly Speaking program.
In 2009 Mark took on the role of leadership and cultural development coach with an AFL Indigenous Development Squad where he worked with young players to develop a war cry which has since been adopted by the AFL and NRL. Mark is an Aboriginal Australian from South East Queensland and North East New South Wales.

Joint Campaign Director Tim Gartrell

Joint Campaign Director Tim Gartrell

Tim Gartrell is Joint Campaign Director for Recognise, and brings over two decades of experience running national and local election campaigns to the role.

Before joining Recognise, he was the CEO of the Indigenous employment advocacy group GenerationOne. Earlier in his career, he was National Campaign Director for federal Labor, including the 2004 and 2007 election campaign. He is also a former CEO of social research company, Auspoll. In 2009 Tim received the National Press Club’s ‘Golden Gong’ Award for Excellence in Public Affairs.

Tim holds a Master of Arts (Communications Studies) and a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science). He is also a member of the Advisory Council of the University of New South Wales Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.