Dr Leanne Gibbs has worked in the early childhood education (ECE) and community sector for over 35 years and is Senior Manager with Early Start at the University of Wollongong. She has a PhD in ECE leadership, along with qualifications in education, public policy, politics, leadership and management, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).
Leanne’s former roles include teacher and director of ECE programs, adviser and manager with local, state and federal government, lecturer within higher education institutions and principal researcher. She has managed professional development programs for major providers and was Chief Executive Officer of an Australian sector peak organisation.
Leanne is an active member of Boards and advisory groups on ECE workforce and science. She is an author, researcher, and podcaster. Her research interests are leadership, management and governance and their influence upon social justice and ECEC quality.