Debra Thompson

Executive Coach

Professional Summary

Debra is a recognised coach, mentor, proficient communicator and strategist. Her empathetic yet clear and structured communication style contributes to strong and mutually beneficial professional relationships which achieve real and measurable outcomes.
Highly experienced within senior Human Resources, leadership, and organisational development with over 20 years’ experience across diverse Australian and international sectors including data intelligence, finance, technology, and government, from not-for-profits, local and state councils, and start-ups through to multi-national corporations.

Education and Certifications

  • Bachelor of Science (HRM)
  • Certified Executive and Leadership Coach
  • CIPD legal module – Chartered institute of Personnel and Development
  • Fellow of Royal Society of Arts
  • Certified practitioner of Circular Leadership


Debra has held numerous senior human resource roles at executive and senior manager level which have included global responsibility for culture and engagement. With a deep understanding of business partnering, she has been and continues to be a close advisor for senior leaders and in their accountability for HR strategy and the impact on business success. Debra is skilled in coaching leaders through significant times of change and uncertainty to develop and support themselves and their teams.

Coaching Approach

Her approach includes collaborating with individuals and teams to uncover opportunities for self-development, establish and enhance collegiate working relationships with an aligned vision, behaviors and focus, and planning impact and influence for organisations to achieve success. She believes that strategic clarity can drive positive service delivery outcomes, and brings this into coaching discussions, facilitation of training, and in developing leadership programs.

Debra works specifically on and with the growth mindset ideology for all leaders. In addition to assisting leaders to set smart, achievable goals that result in measurable outcomes, Debra provides coaching backed by best practice and contemporary methodologies as a Certified Executive and Leadership Coach and a certified practitioner of Circular Leadership.

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