Debra has worked across the education and the not-for-profit sectors for over twenty years, developing staff capacity, implementing sustainable work practices and building mutually beneficial community partnerships. During her career, Debra has worked within a broad range of industries to develop workplace learning packages that build workforce capacity. Currently the Workforce Development Manager for Women’s Health Victoria, this strong understanding of pedagogy and workplace learning is being applied to lead a project developing an accredited course in gender equity.
Debra is currently completing a PhD unpacking how government policy informs adult community education and holds a Master of Professional Education and Training. She also holds an executive seat on Women in Adult & Vocational Education, lobbying for issues affecting women and girls in adult and vocational education, and on the board of her local community house, ensuring her understanding of educational practice is current and informed by local and national engagement.