Leanne has a wealth of experience as a leader in social policy development, including working at the coal face with young people; and shaping, delivering and communicating policies which impact on them and empower them to shape their own future.
Leanne has been instrumental in significant social policy change in Tasmania including greater access to pre-school education and extending Tasmanian high schools to year 12, vocational education and training policy and equity of access to education and training – all aimed at improving the lives of young Tasmanians.
Leanne has stepped into this role off the back of a successful career as a senior manager in the public sector including senior government advisory roles. Leanne’s most recent role was Chief of Staff to Tasmania’s Deputy Premier and Minister for Education and Training.
Leanne is passionate about providing a voice for children and young people, believes strongly in the transformative power of education and early intervention and the value of every young person in shaping the future of Tasmania.
Leanne grew up in the Far South of Tasmania, attended Geeveston District High School, Ogilvie High School, Hobart College and the University of Tasmania and now lives with her husband and two children in Hobart.
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