Lea is the immediate past President of Women in Aviation International Australian chapter and has been an active supporter of AGEC since its launch. Lea is a strong believer that “you can’t be what you can’t see” and a passionate advocate for youth engagement and women in the aviation and aerospace industries. Lea enjoys motivating the next generation of aviation professionals to strive to be innovative, inspiring and to be empowered to make a positive difference in the world through leadership and aviation.
Lea has experience working within both the aerospace public and private sectors internationally and domestically. Lea has worked in flight operations, private jet sales, aviation training, policy development and finance and administration roles and more recently in change management as the Innovation and Improvement Executive at Recreational Aviation Australia.
Lea holds a Diploma of Flight Operations, a Commercial Pilot’s License and Multi Engine Command Instrument Rating. Lea is qualified Lead Auditor, currently studying a Masters of Aviation Management at the University of New South Wales and completing a CASA Flight Instructor Rating.
Lea is a guest lecturer at the University of New South Wales, the Secretariat for TAAAF (The Australian Aviation Associations Forum) and the first female chair of Royal Aeronautical Society Canberra branch. Lea played a pivotal role in the establishment of the Australian Chapter of Women in Aviation International and was appointed President in 2019.