Founder - Director, Project E-O-N
Gerard is a passionate advocate for Aboriginal affairs who speaks continuously about how business can be used to develop strategies to ignite tangible results and outcomes for Aboriginal people.
Gerard the Founder & Director of Project Eon, a leading multi facet company in the Food, Energy, Construction and Security Services is achieving such success. He is constantly collaborating with stakeholders to bring about real change in the areas that require urgent action for Aboriginal people; Incarceration rates, access to food & energy and real training opportunities.
A passionate advocate for Aboriginal affairs, he has been a board member of Global Roaming Pilbara Foundation since its inception. It was set up to provide several community-based programs across the Pilbara and WA. He also is a board member of the Food, Fibre, Textiles Industry Training Council. Its purpose is to provide strategic information and advice to the State Government and the Department of Training and Workforce Development on industry workforce development and training needs including skill shortages.
Born in Wagin, Gerard, a Noongar man is the Co-Founder & Director of Project Eon. And even though he is proud to share one of WA’s most recognisable sporting surnames – with three of his brothers going on to play Australian Rules football at the highest level – Gerard ruefully recollects ‘never really feeling comfortable’ in his own skin.
‘At that time in Wagin,’ Gerard reflects, ‘there was definitely an undercurrent of racism. The Aboriginals lived on one side of the town, and everyone else lived on the other.’ It’s memories like this that motivated Gerard – then and now – to make a difference to the lives of Aboriginal people.
Nothing tokenistic, of course, but meaningful, empowering and game changing solutions to help them realise their full potential. And this is how Eon was born. “Empower Our Nation” was the foundation of a new generation of socially responsible businesses which served Australian industry, Aboriginal communities and the greater good.