Leonie is the President on the National Rural Women’s Coalition (NRWC) board, and Immediate past National President of Women in Seafood Australasia which is a particular passion, and also sits on the National Fishing Advisory Council. Leonie has represented her community on the Mid-West Gascoyne Regional Development Board, and the Northern Alliance RDA board. Past roles also 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, the Rock Lobster Industry Advisory Committee and the Western Australian fishing industry council.
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. She attended CSW 62 and 63 in 2018 and 2019 as part of the NRWC delegation to New York. Leonie also works and speaks internationally with Women in Seafood Australasia. 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 ensure balanced and equitable outcomes’ so for me it’s about, and always has been, a passion for ensuring that all voices are heard,” she says.
Leonie Noble is from Geraldton in the Midwest of Western Australia.