Leesa began her fundraising career in community, events and corporate fundraising with the two biggest voluntary health charities in the USA, The March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation and The American Cancer Society.
On moving back to the UK she joined Business in the Community to broker and manage relationships between charities and large businesses. From there she went on to head up regional fundraising at Save the Children UK and lead the fundraising team at the Dartington Hall Trust.
In 2009 she joined the RNLI where she is now Director of Community Lifesaving and Fundraising, with responsibility for the RNLI's 237 lifeboat stations and search and rescue service, lifeguard provision on over 200 beaches and the flood rescue service. She is also responsible for making sure that the fundraisers generate over £150 million every year.
She lives in Dorset with her husband and rescue dog. She enjoys time at the beach and a bit of running now and then.