Mayor of Trikala, President of the Central Association of Greek Municipalities
Head of Communications, Public Health Wales
I was born in Trikala, in 1973. I studied Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering by choice and because of my love for electronics, programming and broadcasting. I have also attended journalism courses. I have also designed and constructed several energy projects, in the private sector.
In 2014, as head of the political combination “Restart Now”, I was elected Mayor of Trikala. Citizens of Municipality re-elected me at the elections of 2019. Later this year, on December 2019, I was honored by the Mayors of Greece, electing me President of the Union of Mayors of Greece (KEDE).
The road of participation is one-way if we want to change our life, and that’s why since I became 29 years old, I got involved with municipal projects and initiatives, from various positions.
One of my main goals is to make really smart and viable Greek cities, with strong and modern Municipalities.
I commute by bike, because it’s a way of life.
Leah graduated from journalism school in 2002. After a running her own business for a number of years, she started her communications career as the marketing manager for a training company servicing regulated industries, construction, rail and utilities.
From there she moved into financial services in 2008 taking on the role of customer communications manager for the insurance division of Lloyds TSB. As the banking crisis hit the UK, Leah became involved in the integration programme that brought Lloyds TSB and HBOS together to form Lloyds Banking Group. Moving from marketing to internal communications and corporate affairs, Leah spent two years working on strategic programmes across the Bank, leading communications workstreams for major change projects. She was instrumental in setting out the Bank’s first Diversity and Inclusion narrative in 2012, and was responsible for delivering colleague communications for divestments and other significant organisational change.
She remained at Lloyds Banking Group for eight years, rising to become Senior Communications Business Partner to the CEO of Lloyds Bank Commercial Bank and later, to the Group COO. In that time she worked on strategy, change, crisis communications, events, internal and external communications, as well as advising the leadership team on communications strategy.
Alongside her professional career, Leah has also been involved in advocacy work, chairing the Maternity Services Liaison Committee for her local health board and later Co-Vice Chair of the Women’s Network of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Both groups work to ensure the voices of women are central to the health and care pathways provided to them.
With a keen interest in health stemming from her voluntary work, Leah moved into her first public sector role, as Head of Communications and Stakeholder Engagement for Public Health Wales. She has led internal and corporate communications, media relations and public campaigns since 2016. Leah’s team led the communications response to the Covid-19 pandemic in Wales, working seamlessly with partners across the public sector to protect the health and wellbeing of the people of Wales.
Leah holds a Bachelor of Arts from Concordia University in Montreal. She is a Black Belt Leader in Internal Communications (Melcrum/Gartner) and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.