Born as Leslie Violet Lucy Evelyn Wood, she was also Director of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts from 1951 to 1964. In 1948 her writings were published by Hutchinson Publishing in Melbourne entitled As thoughts survive, a monograph with a preface by the then-Princess Royal.
In 1965, Dame Leslie was awarded the Bronze Wolf, the only distinction of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, awarded by the World Scout Committee "for exceptional services to world Scouting".
- London Gazette reference to Dame Leslie Whateley, DBE
- Her memoir dealt with World War II and contained personal narratives about her experiences in the Army and the Auxiliary Territorial Service (211 pages; 16 leaves of plates: illustrated ports, Citation# abn89242258).