Media ReleaseGeneration One22 Aug 2019


Shelley Cable to lead Minderoo Foundation’s Generation One initiative.


Minderoo Foundation is excited to announce Shelley Cable as the new chief executive of Generation One.

Ms Cable is a proud Nyoongar woman, joining Minderoo from a senior consultant role at PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Indigenous Consulting. She is passionate about Indigenous economic empowerment through business and financial literacy.

In 2017, Ms Cable was invited to attend the United Nations and presented to the UN’s Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, on how financial empowerment can help protect and express human rights.

Ms Cable was also a delegate to the Uluru Convention on Constitutional Reform, which resulted in the Uluru Statement of the Heart. She is currently studying to become a Certified Practising Accountant, and once graduated, will be one of less than 60 qualified Indigenous accountants in Australia.

Minderoo Foundation’s Generation One aims to create parity for Indigenous Australians, predominantly through meaningful and sustainable employment opportunities and social policy reform.  

Andrew Hagger, CEO of Minderoo Foundation and Minderoo Group, says Ms Cable’s appointment has come at an exciting time for Generation One.

“Shelley is an incredible, young Australian talent, and we’re excited to welcome her to the Minderoo family,” Mr Hagger said.

 “Generation One does vital work. For more than eight years, we have tackled the disparity that exists between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

“Minderoo co-founders Andrew and Nicola Forrest and I are looking forward to the energy and fresh perspective Shelley will bring to the role.” Mr Hagger said.

This isn’t the first time Minderoo has come across Ms Cable. In 2015, she was the winner of Generation One’s “CEO for a Day” competition. As a result, Ms Cable spent time with Commonwealth Bank’s CEO and formed invaluable professional connections.

Ms Cable will commence her role with the organisation in September.  

“Generation One has earned an impressive reputation over the years,” Ms Cable said.

 “I’m excited to work with Andrew and Nicola Forrest, Andrew Hagger and the Minderoo Team to build on that reputation and continue Generation One’s work across Australia.

“I’m passionate about promoting Indigenous leadership and ending economic disparity, and I’m keen to bring that focus to all of Generation One’s projects.” Ms Cable said.

Ms Cable has a keen interest in governance and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is a member of the Murdoch University Vice Chancellor’s Strategic Advisory Board and a board director of Indigenous Finance and Business Indigenous Corporation. She was also a finalist in the 2017 and 2018 Western Australian of the Year Awards.

In 2016, Ms Cable was the first Indigenous person to be accepted into the Shell Graduate Program, a year later she was awarded Curtin University’s Young Alumna of the Year award.

Ms Cable was born and raised in Western Australia and will be moving from Canberra, back to Perth, with her partner for the role.

Minderoo Foundation
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Established by Andrew and Nicola Forrest in 2001, we are a modern philanthropic organisation seeking to break down barriers, innovate and drive positive, lasting change. Minderoo Foundation is proudly Australian, with seven key initiatives spanning from ocean research and ending slavery, to collaboration in cancer and community projects.
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