Our People - Leah Scott
Mansfield brings Leah home after originally working on the snowfields
IT was 2001 when Leah Scott first stepped foot on the snowfields of Mount Buller.
Leah had been living and working in Queensland at the time, but after coming down to the snow, landed herself a job at the Mount Buller Chalet.
Leah met her future husband, Clinton, within a week of setting foot on the mountain - and will forever associate the snowfields with romance.
She continued to work at the Chalet for many winters, and eventually began to run the Preston Ski Lodge.
Leah ran the lodge in 2003 – but, after falling pregnant with her son, Leah and Clinton moved to St Kilda.
Austin was born in Melbourne - and after a brief stint in Mansfield, the family sought a change in lifestyle, first to the beach, and then later to Canberra where their second child, Phoebe, was born.
“We were gypsies for a few years there,” Leah said.
While in Canberra, Leah began to work in hospitality reservations and front office jobs.
“I eventually fell into the event side of things,” Leah said
“It was a great experience, and I learnt a lot that helped me later in life.”
She was, at the time, working at The Hyatt in Canberra, organising events for public figures: presidents, rock stars, celebrities and everything in between.
“I loved my job,” Leah said.
“I got to meet lots of interesting people, and really got a feel for how the events industry worked.”
When it came time for Austin to begin school, the family of four moved back to Melbourne to be closer to family.
While living there, Leah landed a job with Showtime Attractions; a company which organises children’s entertainment events.
Much to the envy of both her friends, and her children, Leah worked with many famous public figures – including Jimmy Giggle, Emma Watkins the yellow Wiggle - even Kim Kardashian.
“The Kim Kardashian meet and greet was one of the craziest things that I’ve done,” Leah said.
“I had to organise the event – it was pretty intense; it was right when smartphones went mainstream and people were everywhere, jostling to try and film Kim.”
At the same time, the family visited Mansfield whenever they could, drawn by their love of the snow and previous history with the town.
Eventually, they decided the Melbourne lifestyle wasn’t for them.
“We love it up here,” Leah said. “I remember growing up in a relaxed neighbourhood where mum knew it was safe for us to walk home; I wanted that for my kids, and I knew we weren’t going to get that in the suburbs.”
When an advertising account manager position came up for North East Tourist News and North East Directory, Leah jumped at it - successfully landing the job.
“I was just waiting for the right opportunity to arise,” Leah said, explaining that her background of tourism and events fit the role perfectly.
Because she isn’t busy enough working full time and with two children, Leah also works at the Delatite Winery over the weekends.
To further add to her load, Leah – with her mother and daughter - have officially launched their own new clothing business, Mountain Miss.
The business currently has over 100 hand-selected pieces and plenty of hand-made clothing items.
Leah is also the secretary of the Mansfield Pony Club, and enjoys the time it allows her to spend with daughter, Phoebe.
All up, Leah has a lot on her plate – but she wouldn’t have it any other way.
“I’ve got my fingers in a lot of pies,” Leah said.
“But my motto is ‘love what you do, do what you love’.”
FAMILY: Pictured are (from left) Leah Scott and her daughter Phoebe Scott launching their new clothing range, Mountain Miss, at last weekend’s Bush Market.