Dr Tim McDonald - Chief Executive Officer
In 2021, Tim joined the Y, where he continues to channel his expertise and passion towards empowering and inspiring young people, believing that their success is at the core of thriving communities. His passion lies in ensuring that every child has the opportunity to reach their potential through evidence-based practices and policies.
Tim is a strategic leader and innovator with 20+ years of experience in education and the philanthropic sector. He has played a key role in improving education systems, focusing on enhancing teacher practices to boost student outcomes. His extensive work includes managing large-scale projects in areas like leadership, student engagement, well-being, and innovation in education, and employment.
Tim is leading the Y WA’s Growth for Impact Strategy, which centres on reinstating the core values of body, mind, and spirit, originally articulated by Dr. Luther Gulick's 1891, as the essence of the Y’s mission. The focus is on reinvigorating these core principles in every facet of the organization's activities, including Children Services, Youth, Community & Leisure and Education. The objective is twofold: to expand the Y WA's reach and influence while ensuring a significant and meaningful impact on the lives of young people and the wider community. This approach is deeply rooted in the Y's historical mission established in 1844, dedicated to holistic well-being and development.
As a lifelong learner and a leader who aims to inspire and empower others, Tim believes in the importance of continuous improvement and curiosity cultivation. His personal pride is his children, who teach him about respect, learning, love, and forgiveness.