Leila was born in London where she grew up. She went to Reading University to study Linguistics and German but then moved into Human Resources, achieving a post graduate diploma. She worked in Human Resources for the NHS for many years and it was there that she met her husband before deciding to move to Cumbria in 2006. She now lives in Arnside with her husband and two children. Although she still does some Human Resources work, she loves working for Hackney and Leigh showing people houses. In her spare time, she enjoys walking over Arnside Knott with her dog Olly and singing with the Lakes Gospel Choir.