Deborah is an experienced HR and Corporate Affairs leader with high business acumen and extensive international experience in a FTSE Top 15 Company and domestic experience in a variety of industries. She has significant experience in leading culture change, large acquisitions from deal negotiation through to full business integration, change management, restructuring, crisis management and remuneration committees in UK PLC. Deb is a respected coach and mentor to senior leaders and senior leadership teams.
She is currently the National Managing Partner for People and Corporate Affairs at KPMG, based in Sydney. Since joining KPMG in January 2018 Deb has led the people strategy with particular focus on creating a mentally healthy culture with leaders confident and competent in leading the charge, developing leaders with the skills and capabilities to be successful in the workforce of the future and passionately driving inclusion and diversity. She is also responsible for KPMGs extensive corporate citizenship agenda.
Prior to joining KPMG Deb held the role of Chief HR Officer at Reckitt Benckiser, based in the UK, where she led the people strategy across the globe. This included leading the talent agenda, culture and major projects including integrating significant acquisitions. Her career with Reckitt Benckiser began in Australia, and also took her to the Netherlands and the USA.
In Deb's earlier career she was Employee Relations Manager at News Limited in Australia, during a challenging time when newspaper management and staff were grappling with the transition from print to digital formats. For her, it was the start of a continued interested in the immense impact that technology has on work and people, and her passion to successfully lead organisations through those changes.
Deborah has a vision to ensure KPMG embraces the fast changing future of work – helping KPMG's talented people to embrace technology, agility and disruption, and to ensure they are equipped to lead and outperform in constantly changing environments.
Outside of her KPMG commitments, Deborah is married to Michael who together are parents to two teenage boys, and she loves to run, cook and entertain at her home in Sydney after many years of living abroad.