About Leigh

Hi Noosa Shire Community,

I’m Leigh McCready and I’m running for Council in the March 2024 elections.

I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. Thank you for taking the time to get to know me.

About Me

I’m a Queenslander, married to licensed builder Rob and we have four children and a Staffie. 😊

I was raised by my mother, a Registered Nurse, along with my brother and sister in the western suburbs of Brisbane before we moved north to the Sunshine Coast in 1988. My childhood summer holidays were spent on Noosa River, catching yabbies and watching the Ashes with my dad. I started working at 13 and had various jobs at Red Rooster, Table Eight and David Jones to help support myself through Uni. After finishing school, I spent a year as an exchange student in Germany which taught me resilience and the ability to connect with people from different backgrounds.

After graduating with degrees in Commerce (Accounting) and Arts (German) from the University of Queensland in 1998, I was recruited to BP’s graduate program in Melbourne then posted to London, where I spent four years developing skills in communication, strategy and technology as well as financial and people management. While managing a team of 300 staff as an Area Manager for fuel & convenience stores, I worked with people from a variety of different backgrounds which taught me tolerance, respect for cultural differences and problem solving. Returning to Australia, I built my career and completed my Masters degree in Human Resources after discovering that working with people and helping them to contribute was where my interest and skill lay. Executive level jobs in human resources and general management were supplemented by my growing involvement in community work.

Championing the Community

Fast forward to 2017 and I became the leader of the community campaign to re-start the Peregian Nippers program and subsequently the Peregian Surf Club. This was turning point for me as I realised what can go wrong when elected representatives do not support or listen to their community. Reinvigorating the surf club helped me realise that I can help the Noosa community tackle its problems by becoming an elected representative and being a voice for the people. By putting community first.

How I will serve the Noosa Community

As your Councillor, I will get things done. I am not a fan of endless meetings and talkfests which don’t deliver outcomes. I am used to being busy – juggling a family with work at Katie Rose Cottage Hospice and five community boards & committees means I am used to working hard to achieve positive outcomes, and I will bring this same approach to Council – responding quickly, telling you honestly what I can and can’t do and then getting to work to solve your problems as best as I can.

It is an ongoing privilege to be involved in our active and engaged Noosa community. Over the coming months I will be out and about on a daily basis, asking residents what is important to them, what their vision is for Noosa and what problems they want solved.

Please say hello if you see me or feel free to drop me a line [email protected] or via Facebook or Instagram where you can find me @leigh4noosa.

I can’t wait to meet you,

Putting Community First