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, a Torres Strait Islander, has senior professional with over 20 year's business and not for profit experience. Leah has a strong demonstrated track record in achieving organisational results, creation and maintenance of strong networks and stakeholder relationships by working collaboratively with governments, community and the private sector.

As the CEO of Reconciliation Australia from 2010-2014, Leah led Reconciliation Australia into becoming a professional, trusted and innovative organisation. Leah was a co-founder of Yarnteen Ltd (1992-2009) – a successful Indigenous enterprise operating several commercial and social ventures including bulk warehousing, a car wash, a building company, a registered training organisation, cultural resource/education centres.

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

Leah holds several Board positions including a member of the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council, a Fellow of the University of Sydney Senate, Chairperson of Supply Nation, Chairperson Aboriginal Housing Office (NSW), and is Chair of The Smith Family Indigenous Advisory Group. She held previous Board positions with Career Trackers, Indigenous Business Australia and Chair of Indigenous Business Policy Advisory Group.

In 2010, Leah hiked the Kokoda Track as a mentor with the Jobs Australia Foundation Indigenous Youth Leadership Program.