Charleene is an Aboriginal woman of the Kamilaroi, Anaiwan, Yuin and Bundjalung people of New South Wales. She has 20 years experience working across private enterprise, the education, the local Government and Federal Government sectors. Charleene’s experience is in providing strategic business advice in the areas of recruitment, evaluations, quality, reviews, training and mentoring, innovation, corporate governance, business planning, strategic sourcing, local procurement and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander supply chain. In 2015 Charleene joined JLL to support the implementation of the Federal Government’s role out of the Indigenous Procurement Policy as the Procurement State Lead in NT, WA and SA across the Defence Estate Management project.
Charleene Joined Winya in 2018 to support the organisations expansion. Winya is a Majority Indigenous owned and majority Indigenous staffed workstations and office furniture company, who places Indigenous trainees I furniture manufacturing around Austalia. Winya also works with the Prison system in a number of states to support training for Indigenous people to improve their postrelease opportunities. Charleene’s first-hand experience in Government Procurement including implementing the Indigenous Procurement Policy for the Department of Defence coupled with her strong stakeholder engagement skills has her uniquely placed in having an applied understanding of Federal Government Procurement Processes, the Indigenous Procurement sector and the Indigenous Supply Chain.
Charleene is currently working with Winya to support their growth, taking on a National Sales role by linking them into Corporate, State and Federal Government supply chains.