Governance Bio
Leonie Jones
Appoint Professional

Leonie Jones

6 Years
Paid or Unpaid Roles
Ngāpuhi   |   Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa

Interested In:


Private company
Listed company
Incorporated Entity
Community Group
Government Sector Org
Non Governmental Organisation
Council Controlled Organisation
Iwi Organisation


Advisor / Advisory Board
Board Member
Committee Member
“Trained and operating in science and innovation, I am analytical and take a logical and conscientious approach to situations. I am passionate about the environment, and supporting people to reach their full potential. I have both formal governance training and board experience, and was recipient of the 2016 Apa Mareikura Award from Te Whare Hukahuka. ”


Special Interest Groups

Governance Roles

2016 Cohort

Ka Eke Poutama - Rangatahi into Goverenance

August 2016 - August 2017 (1 years)

Ka Eke Poutama 2016 was a practical programme which developed my skill and capability to operate confidently as a governor. The programme built my understanding of the various components of governance including: Roles & Responsibilities, Risk Management, Strategic Thinking, Measuring & Monitoring Progress, Effective Communication, and provided me with useful tools to assist with asking good questions, strategic planning, and building a board.


Toddlers Turf Childcare Centre Inc

August 2014 - August 2017 (3 years)

Chairperson of the board of a not-for-profit incorporated society.

Committee member

Toddlers Turf Childcare Centre Inc

January 2013 - August 2014 (1 years)

General board member


Nga Tauira Maori University of Auckland Maori Students Association

January 2006 - December 2008 (2 years)

Co-treasurer of the Maori Students Association

Executive Roles

Research Scientist

Digital Sensing Ltd

November 2015 - Present (4 years)

Lead researcher in a project supported by Science for Technological Innovation seed funding. I have developed a remote diagnostic device to remotely measure and report nitrate levels in rivers in real time. Securing a second round of funding, I am now expanding the target base of my device to include other chemical and physical variables.

Post-Doctoral Research Scholar

University of Auckland

January 2014 - November 2015 (1 years)

Lead investigator in a project to investigate the factors affecting photo-induced electron transfer in natural photosynthetic systems. Duties included laboratory based research and characterisation, computational analysis, preparation of funding proposals and manuscripts, dissemination of information via publication and presentation.

Whaia Te Pae Tawhiti Programme Coordinator

University of Auckland

January 2007 - December 2009 (2 years)

A programme run out of a collaboration between the Department of Maori Studies and the Equity Office, we aimed to increase the aspirations of 'border-line' high school students and enable them to focus on taking positive steps toward a brighter future. Further, talented students were mentored into the university environment by current maori students.


Te Wānanga o Aotearoa

Te Ara Reo Māori, Level 4, Te Reo Māori

2019 - 2019

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa

Te Ara Reo Māori Level 2, Te Reo Māori

2017 - 2017

Cornerstone Education Ltd

Certificate in Business Management, Business Management

2016 - 2016

University of Auckland

PhD, Chemistry

2010 - 2015

University of Auckland

BSc Hons I/I , Chemistry

2006 - 2007

University of Auckland

BSc, Chemistry, Marine Science

2003 - 2005