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Professor Renée Leon

Board & Committees

Member Representative Director

Professor Renée Leon is the Vice-Chancellor and President of Charles Sturt University, a role she commenced in September 2021.

She has extensive experience in Commonwealth and State public administration, covering policy, program management and service delivery, and was appointed National President of the Institute of Public Administration Australia in 2022.

Professor Leon has been the Secretary of two Commonwealth Departments – the Department of Human Services and the Department of Employment – and has served as the CEO of the ACT Department of Justice and Community Safety.

Her expertise in leadership and change management underpinned the establishment of the Department of Employment as a high-performing organisation and the transformation of services and culture in the Department of Human Services.

Professor Leon holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from the Australian National University and a Master of Laws from the University of Cambridge, which she attended as the Menzies Foundation Law Scholar in 1995.

In 2013, she was awarded a Public Service Medal in 2013 for outstanding service to public administration and law in leadership roles in the Australian Capital Territory and the Commonwealth.

Professor Leon is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia and a member of Chief Executive Women Australia.