BORN and bred in Geraldton, Western Australia, Leonie and her husband are involved in WA’s rock lobster industry predominantly in the Abrolhos region.
Leonie has been involved in fisheries management as an industry leader in all capacities, from community and association level to Ministerial Advisory Committee membership, and for a period of time was employed by the Department of Fisheries in positions involving Abrolhos Management.
Leonie is currently the Western Australian director and vice president for the Women’s Industry Network Seafood Community board - a national body of industry women who are passionate about both their industries and their communities.
Leonie also holds the office of chair of Western Australia's Rural Remote and Regional Women's Network which aims to recognise, promote and expand the contribution women make to their communities and is the deputy chair of the Midwest/Gascoyne Regional Development Australia Board.
Leonie's core belief is that consultation and effective communication provide the backbone to good management and good decision-making, and she continues to lobby to ensure this happens.