PUP: Debra Thurley

For the past two years Debra has provided contractual executive support to the Upper House of the Tasmanian Parliament, gaining valuable insight into the workings of the Tasmanian Government. She has extensive experience in dealing with constituents and direct knowledge of the issues affecting everyday Tasmanians.

Debra completed a Graduate Diploma of Employment Relations in 2012 and is nearing completion of a Masters of Employment Relations.

Debra spent 10 years in local government employed by the Clarence City Council in a combination of finance, facilities management and purchasing. During this period Debra gained a Diploma of Business, Diploma of Business Management and Diploma of Human Resources.

Having been involved in small business for 30 years, Debra remains a director /secretary, with finance and HR management of four private family companies, principally involved with small civil construction and land development.

Prior to raising her three children, Debra served five years in the state public service within the Department of Main Roads (now known as DIER) and was seconded to assist in the Derwent Regional Transportation Study.

Skills in customer service, negotiation and communication, marketing, finance, business, human resource management and IT are combined with a strong work ethic and a concern for the future of Tasmania.

Debra is an executive of Soroptimist International (Hobart), an organisation representing human rights for women and children. She is also a long-standing board member of Business East, an organisation providing advocacy for new and existing small businesses.