Mr Malcolm Williams was born in Katanning and is a member of the South West Boojarah and Wagyl Kaip & Southern Noongar Native Title Claim groups.
His parents Mr Garry Williams was born at the United Aborigines Mission in Gnowangerup and Mrs Wendy Williams (nee Colbung) was born at the Mt Barker Aboriginal Reserve. Malcolms’ paternal grandparents on his father’s side, were Mr Len Williams and Mrs Elsie Williams (nee Hayward). Malcolms’ maternal grandparents on his mother’s side were Mr Tim Colbung from Mount Barker and Mrs Ethel Colbung (nee Krakouer) from Cranbrook.
Malcolm completed Year 12 before undertaking employment as a public servant in the education, training and employment sectors for nearly 34 years. His specific strengths include
- Interpersonal skills: extensive experience negotiating, developing and administering funding / grant agreements with external providers on behalf of the Australian and State Government. An approachable, flexible and creative negotiator. Able to communicate a vision to a team and develop shared solutions to problems.
- Cultural Awareness: extensive experience working with and delivering services to Aboriginal people. Understands the diverse nature of the Aboriginal community and has a holistic understanding of the issues that impact on it.
- Project management: extensive experience managing State and Australian governments’ strategic education and employment projects.
- Leadership: able to translate government policy into a structure a team can implement. Identifies individual strengths in team members and provides opportunities to develop other areas within individual for the benefit of the organisation.
- Strategic Planning: developed state and branch business plans which incorporated the outcomes the Department was responsible for from portfolio budget statements.
- Policy Development and Implementation: Extensive experience with the development and implementation of many State and Commonwealth policies and interventions – structured /developed many pilot program interventions throughout Western Australia.