Meet the Team: Deb

Deb is our Training and Coaching Lead. She has a passion for people development and has worked in many cultural environments including the UK, Australia, USA, and South America.

Deb has owned and managed her own businesses, winning Business Awards for her commitment to local communities. She has also worked and developed others’ businesses, most recently as GM for a global company, managing their Australian Business of 100 franchisee travel agencies.

Deb doesn’t come from a standard HR background; her career is varied with Personality assessments and training, working in the Travel and Tourism Industry, as well as teaching at Swinburne University – yet always with the focus on people. Her passions are helping clients to employ the right people and ensuring there is synergy in the workplace is integral.

This role came up and it jumped out at me. Deb’s pillar of personal development is that “we have to get people into their comfort zones, before we stretch them out of it”. Deb wants to get to know her clients and their teams and who they are, before she stretches and challenges you to reach your full potential.

Deb moved back to the region a few months ago and is in the process of building a home in her favourite town, Beechworth. Deb had previously lived here about 30 years ago when her children were small – she’s amazed at all the developments throughout Albury and the region.

Not one for podcasts or novels, Deb is constantly reading non-fiction or management books.

A recent favourite is The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk – a psychology based book on how the mind can transform its own perception of trauma. Deb credits this book to changing her life and helping her get past her arthritis and getting her out walking with her energetic golden retriever or out cycling. “I have dreadful arthritis and I couldn’t walk to the end of the driveway without being in pain. I’ve trained my mind to walk 6km everyday with no pain, from this book. Some books really do change your life.” All your life you accumulate all these inhibitions, and if you apply yourself you can get past them.

Her personal philosophy, which she often shares with clients is that it’s “better to trust and be deceived, than to suspect and be wrong” – meaning we judge people by their covers so often. “To be suspicious of others is the worst affliction ever, and although sometimes you do get hurt it’s better to look for the good in people first.”