Fellows of Senate

Leah Armstrong

Ms Leah Armstrong is a Fellow of Senate appointed by the Minister for Education.

Ms Armstrong's term/s of office as a Fellow of Senate:

  • term 1: 1 January 2014 - 31 December 2017 (four years) - current term


Fellow of Senate, 1 January 2014 -

Leah is CEO of Reconciliation Australia, the national organisation promoting reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the broader Australian community.

Born in Mackay, Queensland, Leah is a Torres Strait Islander.

On moving to Newcastle in the late 1980s, Leah began working with the Aboriginal community at the Awabakal Newcastle Aboriginal Cooperative before helping to establish Yarnteen – a not-for-profit company which provides Aboriginal people with training and employment opportunities as well as operating several commercial enterprises.

As Executive Director for 18 years, Leah led Yarnteen’s success and ensured it was an effective organisation with good governance, strategic direction and financial accountability.

In 2009, The Australian Financial Review Boss Magazine recognised Leah as a “True Leader” and in 2012 Leah was recognised in the 2012 Australian Financial Review/Westpac 100 Influential Women Awards.

Leah holds several Board positions including Supply Nation (formerly the Australian Indigenous Minority Suppliers Council or AIMSC) and Jobs Australia Foundation and is Chair of the Indigenous Business Policy Advisory Group.