Deborah’s passion and commitment to social justice and equality informs her work and life. Before joining Nous she was the managing director of The May Group, a diversity and inclusion consulting company she founded in 1998. In addition to client engagements, Deborah published a popular e-news magazine, ‘Advancing Women’; developed the Advancing Women Website and Resource Hub; and coached and developed hundreds of women leaders and aspirants. She is a regular blog writer and speaker on unconscious bias, gender and diversity.
Recently Deborah joined as a volunteer peer phone counsellor for Switchboard Victoria, a community-based organisation that provides peer-based, volunteer-run support services for LGBTIQ+ people and their friends, families and allies. She is now deputy chair.
Deborah holds a Master of Business Administration from Simmons Graduate School of Management in Boston, Masachusetts and Bachelors of Arts and Laws from the Australian National University. She is also an honorary fellow of the Institute of Governance and Policy Analysis at the University of Canberra and a fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.
Deborah is a keen dragon boat paddler, competing in national and international events. She meditates daily, writes, reads and cooks. She is the mother/stepmother of three wonderful young adults.