Leah Mertens has been an elected director since 2019.
Leah worked in a variety of state primary and secondary schools, in metropolitan, rural and remote communities before her appointment as Assistant Secretary at the Queensland Teachers’ Union (QTU) Leah fulfilled the roles of Women’s Officer at the QTU, Strategy and Policy Officer at the Queensland Council of Unions, and Research Officer – Professional Issues at the QTU prior to her election as QTU Deputy General Secretary (Member Services) in March 2021.
During her 26 years of working for the union movement, Leah has been providing advice to, and advocacy for, QTU members. She has served as the AEU’s corporate director on the board of the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM). Leah was the Chair of the Queensland Working Women’s Service (QWWS) as well as serving as the Vice-President on the Management Committee of Basic Rights Queensland (BRQ) negotiating the merger of the two entities. Leah has extensive experience in corporate governance, strategic planning, negotiation and advocacy.