Charles is a Nyikina man from the Kimberly region of Western Australia. He has lived in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney. As a Roberta Sykes Scholar, he completed a Mid-Career Master in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School in 2018.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Western Australia in 1997, and has also completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors course and the Sydney Leadership Australia program.
He serves as a Board Member for the Aurora Education Foundation and The Benevolent Society, and has recently retired as Chairman of the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre.
Charles has over 20 years' experience in Indigenous affairs across Australia including roles such as CEO at National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy, and CEO at Supply Nation. He is the Social Supplier Diversity Manager at Lendlease.
Five questions to Charles Prouse on: Indigenous Business and Leadership, The Guardian, May 2014
I would encourage all students to get connected as quick as they can with their classmates - don't hold back. I did hold back at first. I wish I hadn't. You don't have much time. And it's important to go to review classes (these aren't compulsory but highly beneficial) - they show you're not alone when you're not sure. People (your classmates, your professors) are ready to help. Take advantage of it!