Debbie has been working with Openside since 2016 and became a Director in September 2021.
With more than 20 years of experience in developing people, Debbie is passionate about helping individuals and organisations to reach their potential. With extensive global experience in training, coaching, organisation transformation, leadership development and talent management, she has consulted across a range of industries.
Debbie was previously a Partner in Deloitte, South Africa, where she held dual roles. She was an internal HR Director and a client-facing Partner in Human Resources Consulting. Her responsibilities included managing the Partner Assessment and Admission processes as well as the firm’s Talent Management Programme. In her Consulting role, she managed several organisational change and development programmes with a broad range of clients.
Since then she has worked as a Consultant specialising in leadership development, coaching and organisation transformation. Her programmes rely on experiential learning, emotional intelligence and psychological theory. Her aim is not only for an organisation to benefit measurably from consulting interventions but for each individual to feel that they have personally benefitted and grown. Her particular interests include behavioural effectiveness, diversity management and emotional intelligence.
Debbie has a degree in Organisational Psychology (WITS University in South Africa), a degree in Clinical Psychology (UNISA) and a Post Graduate qualification in Human Resources (WITS Business School).
At Openside, Debbie delivers programmes which enhance participants behavioural and cognitive skills to improve individual and team effectiveness, personal impact and leadership skills.
Debbie enjoys spending time with friends and her extremely chatty teenage daughters. She is an avid reader and is interested in current affairs. She spends too little time playing tennis and too much time trying to convince herself that she really does like exercise.