Lunch with a Leader – Perth – Collene Castle

Collene Castle

Director, Wonnil Partners

2022 WA NAIDOC Outstanding Achiever Award; first First Nations appointment to the Water Research Australia Board.  Expertise in building Aboriginal Engagement and Employment Strategies, Reconciliation Action Plans.

When: Thursday 24 August, 12.00-2.00pm AWST

Where:  Kailis Bros, 101 Oxford Street, Leederville, PERTH

Collene is a proud, strong Menang Ngudju Noongar yok (woman) with kinship connections throughout the Noongar and Yamatji regions in WA. Collene has an excellent understanding of what’s needed on the ground to coach organisations through their reconciliation journey.

Collene has 25+ years experience across many industries and her strengths include:

  • Developing strategy
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Reconciliation Action Plan development and implementation
  • Coaching CEOs/Managers/Supervisors of Aboriginal employees
  • Mentoring Aboriginal employees
  • Workshop facilitation and events management
  • Interview preparation
  • Development of Aboriginal Employment Plans
  • Aboriginal specific engagement
  • Aboriginal policy development

With broad experience in building Aboriginal Engagement and Employment Strategies, Collene is expert at identifying gaps and solutions in employer’s attraction, recruitment and retention processes with demonstrated successful outcomes.  Collene has many years of experience developing Reconciliation Action Plans. She is a member of the West Coast Eagles RAP committee along with her work on the National GHD RAP Committee.

Collene’s lifetime contribution to the national reconciliation agenda and enhancing Aboriginal prosperity was recently honoured at the 2022 NAIDOC awards, where she was awarded the 2022 WA NAIDOC Outstanding Achiever Award.

In January 2023, Collene was appointed as in Independent Director of Water Research Australia, the first First Nations person to be represented on the Board of WRA.

About PCT Lunch with a Leader series

Peter Cullen Trust “Lunch with a Leader” events bring some of Australia’s most respected and influential people in the water and natural resources sector together with Fellows and Friends of the Trust, in small, intimate and trusted conversations under Chatham House rule.  Hosted by Fellows, lively and informal discussion is supported by a pleasant lunch, mineral water and coffee.  Cost is $55 per head and pre-booking is essential.  Please contact WA City Lead Stacey Hamilton on 0408 934 114 if you have any dietary requirements.

Each lunch is limited to 15 attendees, allocated on a first-in basis. Mark your diaries and register online HERE


Contact Stacey Hamilton on 0408 934 114 or



Kailis Bros
101 Oxford Street, Leederville


Aug 24 2023


12:00 pm - 2:00 pm