Leann is a descendent of the Bidjara and Kara-Kara peoples in central and central-western Queensland. She has an intimate knowledge of her heritage and connection to country.
With a sharp cultural and analytical understanding of the complexity of Native Title, her passion for her people has resonated with the broader community and has seen Leann appointed to regional, state and national boards including:
The Queensland Divisional Board Australian Red Cross
The Healing Foundation
The Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts
The YWCA Queensland.
A former senior public servant, Leann has been a finalist in the Queensland Telstra Business Woman of the Year awards and has been the recipient of The Queensland Centenary Medal. She is an Indigenous Fellow at Bond University and actively promotes:
Improved cultural awareness
Indigenous education, skills training and business ownership.
Leann also has cultural ties to her South Sea ancestry.