Leneen Forde began her
career as a Medical Laboratory Technician in Ontario, Canada, upon
receipt of a Diploma of Medical Technology in 1953. From 1954 to 1956,
she was employed by the Haematology Department of the Royal Brisbane
She changed career paths,
and in 1970, graduated from the University of Queeensland with a
Bachelor of Laws. She commenced work as a solicitor the following year
at Deacons, Graham and James. In 1973, Leneen became the founding
President of the Queensland Women Lawyers’ Association. In 1974, she
was made a partner at Deacons, Graham and James and that same year,
represented Queensland in the Australian Women Lawyers’ Association.
During the 1970s she was also a member of the Queensland Council for
During the following
decade, the 1980s, she Chaired the Social Security Appeals Tribunal.
From 1986 to 1992 Leneen was a member of the Zonta International
Foundation Board. From 1988 to 1990, she Chaired the Queensland Supreme
Court Probate Rules Review Committee.
From 1990 to 1992, Leneen
became a member of: the Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal - Queensland
Law Society; the Queensland University of Technology Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee; the Queensland University of
Technology Council; and the Queensland Small Business Corporation.
During those two years, she was also the International President of
Zonta International. In 1991-92, Leneen convened the Queensland Women’s
Consultative Council and chaired the Office of Economic Development for
the City of Brisbane.
In 1992, Leneen Forde was
appointed Governor of Queensland, a position she held until 1997.
In 1993, she was awarded
the Companion of the Order of Australia. (AC)
From 1997 to the present,
she has been President of the Scout Association of Australia. In 1998,
she was appointed Chair of the Commission of Inquiry into the Abuse of
Children in Queensland Institutions, a position she held for one year.
At present, Leneen is a member of the National
Committee on Human Rights Education, she is the Vice Chair of the
National Executive Defence Reserves Support Council and is also the
Chancellor of Griffith University.