Leona was born in Punta Arenas to a Falkland Island mother and Chilean father. The family returned to the Falklands when Leona was three and, other than time spent at college in England, she has lived in the Islands ever since. She is married to David and they have two children, Nick and Deanna, and she is proud that they are seventh generation Islanders.
Most of Leona’s career has been spent running the national museum, where she enjoyed 14 fascinating and educational years. Her main interests are culture, heritage, education and social wellbeing. In her spare time she enjoys relaxing with her family, reading, gaming and, when weather and circumstances permit, fishing.
Leona has lead portfolio responsibility for Environment and Public Protection, Policy and Public Relations and secondary portfolio responsibility for Education and Community.