Leonie is the President on the National Rural Women’s Coalition (NRWC) board, and Immediate past National President of the Women’s Industry Network Seafood Community (WINSC) which is a particular passion, Leonie also sits on the National Fishing Advisory Council and is a Director on the Western Australia Fishing Industry Council. Leonie is also deputy chair of the Mid-West Gascoyne Regional Development Board, and sits on the Northern Alliance RDA board. Past roles include chairing Western Australia’s RRR Network, which highlights the amazing women in our regions and has a role in feeding policy into the state government to improve the communities and lives of women in rural, remote and regional WA.
The Abrolhos Islands Ministerial Advisory Committee and the Rock Lobster Industry Advisory Committee Leonie was one of two Delegates selected to be part of the Australian delegation to the APEC Women’s Economic Forum in Peru in 2016 and attended CSW 62 in 2018 as part of the NRWC delegation to New York. Leonie also works and speaks internationally with Women in Seafood. And has been awarded many national and state leadership awards and has been inducted into the National seafood Hall of Fame.
Much of her work revolves around the fact that, put simply, Leonie believes regional, remote and rural people have the right to be heard. Leonie says women are in particular extremely good at understanding and managing the social sustainability of communities,
“I think women have a really specific ability to look at the social impacts of management decisions and to be able to quite clearly see the impact on our communities.
“I believe it is imperative to ensure there is gender diversity in management decision-making to ensue balanced and equitable outcomes’ so for me it’s about, and always has been, a passion to ensure that all voices are heard,” she says.
Leonie Noble is from Geraldton in the Midwest of Western Australia, where she is the mother of three beautiful talented daughters and along with her Husband holds a licence in a rock lobster fishing business at the Abrolhos Islands and the Midwest of WA.