Leanne was appointed to the University Council in January 2015.
Leanne gained a Bachelor of Laws with first class honours in 1982 and was admitted to practice in 1983. She is a partner at the law firm of McLean, McKenzie & Topfer in Burnie and has practised in the city since settling there in 1986. She was President of the Law Society of Tasmania in 2006 and was a member of the Council of the Law Society of Tasmania from 2001 to 2012 and an Executive Member of the Law Council of Australia from 2010 to 2014. She served for a number of years on the North West Advisory Board at the University and on the Board of the Cancer Council of Tasmania. Leanne is also a member of the Guardianship and Administration Tribunal.
Her husband Colin McKenzie and their sons Simon and Alex are also law graduated from the University of Tasmania.