Broadspectrum’s leaders: Leanne Camilleri

This is an occasional series about Broadspectrum’s leaders. By sharing their stories, it’s an opportunity to celebrate our people, their successes and their diversity. In the words of inaugural interviewee, Karen O’Driscoll, “Our leaders have real lives too, and have had learned through challenges, successes and mistakes that they can share with a wider audience.”

“I am a relationship builder and connector, and I very much enjoy connecting with our stakeholders and the people in the Defence Base Services (DBS) team across Australia,” said Leanne Camilleri. She’s a Project Data Controller with the DBS National Project Management Office in Edinburgh, South Australia.

In her role, she co-ordinates vendor quoting for Defence projects, manages accounts payable and loads projects to the Defence network. “The work I do is meaningful and contributes to the continued operations of our Defence bases in Australia, which enables them to do the important work of protecting our country.”

Leanne has worked in the Defence industry for many years (she previously worked in shipbuilding) and loves its diversity and uniqueness. “VUCA applies here – it’s volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous – and this provides an opportunity to grow and learn and to stretch ourselves.

“While we can all feel challenged at times, I try to reframe challenges as opportunities. This is especially true right now. While I miss my team, we are catching up every day via technology.

“I have a mentor and I feel most fortunate knowing I can call on them for perspective. I also value their nudges of encouragement to step outside my comfort zone to achieve and maintain focus.”

As a woman in the Defence industry, Leanne is passionate about promoting diversity and inclusion and she has facilitated initiatives in other workplaces. “I look for the best in people, and I believe respect for diversity and inclusiveness fosters kindness, compassion and the ability to appreciate the valuable people within the organisation for the skills and strengths they bring. Importantly, it fosters psychological safety,” she said.

This thinking marries with Leanne’s study. She has almost finished the Master of Applied Positive Psychology (Wellbeing Science) at the University of Melbourne. Last year, she presented at the World Congress on Positive Psychology in Melbourne about introducing mindfulness to the workplace. This year, Leanne had two abstracts accepted to present at the European Conference on Positive Psychology in Iceland, but travel restrictions means her attendance is unlikely.

“I’m passionate about influencing positively in the workplace and helping people to flourish in their work. My topics were an extension of introducing mindfulness to the workplace, and positive deviance in the workplace.

“Additionally, I host – and produce and edit – my own wellbeing podcast called The Work Well, Live Well Podcast which can be found on most listening platforms.

 “I also run a lunchtime wellbeing program at Edinburgh for interested Broadspectrum and Defence employees. This includes the foundations of wellbeing, offers an understanding of the tools and strategies which can enhance our wellbeing, and includes a mindfulness practice. For those employees outside Edinburgh, a weekly email contains wellbeing tools, tips and strategies.”