We are delighted to announce that Jenni Whelan has joined the Orijen Group as a senior consultant, trainer and facilitator.
Jenni is a lawyer, lecturer, positive workplace consultant and mediator. Jenni has been a human rights and anti-discrimination lawyer in both private practice and as a government lawyer at the Australian Human Rights Commission.
As Acting Director of the Legal Section at the Australian Human Rights Commission, Jenni oversaw the preparation and conduct of litigation in discrimination and human rights matters and acted as Counsel Assisting in the Inquiry into Sexual Harassment and Sex Discrimination at the Australian Defence Force Academy from April to August 2011. She also engaged in International capacity building work including liaising with the Commission on Gender Equality, Johannesburg, in relation to running public interest litigation.
Jenni’s work as a consultant has included appointment as an expert on the Rights of the Child by the Australian Defence Force (Cadets), providing advice to Government, Non-Government Organisations and Corporations regarding the implementation of Australia’s human rights and non-discrimination obligations, advising employers in relation to implementing positive and non-discriminatory work practices and operationalising gender mainstreaming practices.
In 2013, Jenni received a Quentin Bryce Doctoral Scholarship from UTS. Her PhD explores the realisation of the right to equality and non- discrimination in education.
We look forward to working with Jenni in the years to come, as she shares her many years of expertise with the Orijen Group and our many mentoring program participants.