The story of Leonie Clyne's unconventional career includes a major chapter covering her time as a uniformed police officer and assistant police prosecutor.
Leonie was't impressed with her police uniform, the fit or fabric. She thought she could do better and so moved into what she fondly calls "the rag trade".
˜I could see the need to elevate the level of clothing for women in the workplace," says Leonie.
"So I started a corporate clothing and executive fashion company."
That was in December 1987 and Angus Clyne Australia continues to go from strength-to-strength with Leonie being awarded an Order of Australia in 2015.
A family owned business, Angus Clyne manufactures, retails and wholesales high-quality garments for large and small business clients locally and nationally. Based in South Australia, the company's reputation for quality and excellence reflects the training and skill base of its employees.
In 1999, Angus Clyne Australia won the Prime Minister's Small Business of the Year Award, now known as the Small Employer of the Year Award, at the Australian Training Awards.
"Winning the national award validated our work," says Leonie. "It was an endorsement from expert judges that our emphasis on training was on track, and of a very high standard. It showed us that our training in systems, policies and procedures was producing a consistently high level of service and products."
Angus Clyne relied on vocational education and training (VET) for much more than sewing. The company worked with the TAFE system and private registered training organisations to train staff on other necessary components such as customer service, business management and manufacturing.
The quality of VET has enabled Angus Clyne Australia to keep its skill base onshore, in Australia.
As an Australian VET Alumni member, Leonie seizes every opportunity to help students by providing work experience opportunities at Angus Clyne. She also grabs every opportunity to spread the word that VET is an excellent educational pathway. Leonie is so passionate she won an Order of Australia Medal in 1995 for her dedication to business and tertiary and vocational education.
Leonie was also the Deputy Chancellor of Flinders University for seven years and is still a Member of its Council. She also sits on several boards focusing on education and business.