British Army | 1990-date
Pronouns – She/Her/Her
Leona joined the Regular Army in 1990 and served 21 years of Regular Service before joining the Army Reserve for the last 12 years.
Her first posting was as a Platoon Commander at the Women’s Royal Army Corps (WRAC) Training Centre in Guildford, followed by tours of Germany, Worthy Down Winchester and with the British Military Advisory and Training Team (BMATT) in South Africa. Serving at Regimental Duty with the Royal Artillery and Royal Signals and as Officer Commanding at the Defence College of Policing and Personnel Administration with Bosnia and Kosovo operational tours. On the staff Leona served in Brigade, Army and MoD Headquarters, in People Policy and Defence Diplomacy, and as Head of Training at Cambridge University Officer Training Corps and at the Army Personnel Centre, Glasgow as a Reservist.
After many years supporting the WRAC Association, Leona served as a Trustee and Honorary Treasurer for seven years and has been a strong advocate for women veterans. Leona is also a member of the Cabinet Office appointed MoD Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committee (VAPC). Leona was appointed as Colonel Commandant Essex Army Cadet Force and is currently Colonel Cadets for East Midlands. She sits on the National Army Cadet Council and is the Chair of the Service Cadets and Army Cadets LGBTQ+ Forums and an anti-bullying Diversity RM Role Model, whose aim is to end LGBTQ+ bullying in schools.
Leona was delighted to be named the Institute of Directors (IoD)’s Director of the Year 2019 for Inclusivity and was the Winner of the Defence Inclusivity Award at the Soldiering On Awards 2020 for her work in Diversity and Inclusion. Leona is appointed as Chief Executive of East Anglia Reserve Forces and Cadets Association (RFCA) in September 2023 and is passionate about supporting the Armed Forces and LGBTQ+ Communities.