Leah Willersdorf QRR2* Vice President
Having served three terms as President from September 2015 to September 2018, it was time to hand over the reins. Now that I’m Vice President, I may have a little more time on my hands but I am not jumping ship; I remain on Council and will continue to advocate, promote and champion this timeless profession of ours, which I so dearly love.
March 2019 marks 24 years since I landed here in London, having began my career in Adelaide, South Australia. I moved there when I graduated from university in Brisbane – where I’m from – having completed a two-year Diploma in Business (Court & Parliamentary Reporting) in 1990/1991.
I love my career (and London) and the variety of the assignments I cover, ranging from court work, courts-martial, arbitrations, AGMs, press conferences, public inquiries, US depositions. I also provide quality captions for one-on-one access and/or large corporate events.
The opportunity to travel the world in this career is an added bonus, not to mention meeting people constantly and making new friends along the way.
I have passed the Institute’s Qualified Realtime Reporter exam, at both levels 1 and 2 with distinction.
I have been on the Council since May 2011 and have endeavoured, and will continue to endeavour, to make what I hope have been, and will be, useful contributions to not only keep this profession going but to continuously raise the standards of stenography in this country and, in fact, worldwide.