Leigh grew up in Traralgon, Gippsland completing secondary school at Traralgon High School. Leigh then moved to Melbourne to complete a Bachelor of Commerce Economics (Hons) from Monash University before starting work with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu. Leigh is an experienced Strategy, Research and Planning executive with nearly 20 years of international leadership experience in banking, consulting, strategy, communications, research and analytics spanning five continents. Leigh has previously worked with consulting firm, Accenture (2000-2006), and British bank Standard Chartered Bank (2006-2014).
Leigh also holds an Executive MBA (Distinction) from the CASS Business School, City University London. Leigh joined Federation University Australia in March 2019, from Regional Development
Victoria, where she served as the Gippsland Regional Director for approximately four years.
Leigh has recently joined the Board of Committee for Gippsland.