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Charlene Brown is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Howlett Brown and has over a decade of legal, culture, inclusion and financial services experience, providing strategic employment law advice on a range of contentious and noncontentious employment matters including investigations, bullying, harassment and discrimination, whistleblowing, microaggressions, culture, diversity and inclusion, data breaches, breach of confidentiality, pay reporting and training. Charlene has extensive multi-jurisdictional employee investigations experience which includes conducting and advising on complex, small and large investigations across a broad range of industries.

Charlene’s experience includes privacy law, cybersecurity law, and corporate governance. Charlene also counsels on best practice for corporate diversity initiatives, diversity networks, and start-ups.

Charlene’s experience helping clients improve their workplace culture is a significant part of her work at Howlett Brown. Charlene delivers training to people of all levels across organisations on matters pertaining to D&I, race and ethnicity, intersectionality, and other protected characteristics in the workplace.

Through advising and supporting clients Charlene helps organisations to understand the root cause of people related issues and, using her expertise and experience, helps organisations make changes and improvements where it really matters to resolve issues before escalation and assists with strategies which mitigate risk and reputational damage when issues have escalated, become litigious and/or are in the public domain.

Charlene is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and contributed to the McGregor-Smith Review and the Ethnicity Pay Gap consultation.

Charlene was appointed Chair of the Ivors Academy Ethics Committee in 2020. The Committee advises the Academy on ethics related issues and has set up and retains oversight of the ethical framework for the Academy’s activities including their awards and membership. The Committee was set up to help the Academy achieve its goal to become as diverse and inclusive as possible. 


Charlene also serves on the advisory board of TNON, an organisation focused on the development of network leaders and the strategic advancement of employee resource groups to better serve businesses and diverse communities.  

In 2016, Charlene was named the Black British Business Awards Financial Services Rising Star and in 2017 Charlene was named the Legal Diversity Rising Star. In 2017 she was also recognised as a Future Leader by EMpower and the Financial Times (ranked no. 2 out of 30). For the last two consecutive years, Charlene was named in the top 20 Diversity Professionals in Industry, in the Global Diversity List which celebrates excellence in diversity and inclusion. 

In her personal time, Charlene enjoys songwriting, travel, exploring start-up opportunities and spending time with her huge family including 12 godchildren.