Debra is a retired lawyer who immediately preceding retirement was for 13 years Commissioner for Criminal Injuries Compensation and for 15 years President of the Mental Health Tribunal. These roles were held concurrently.
Prior to this she had fulfilled many senior roles in the government sector including Senior Lawyer, Department of Justice, Legislation and Policy, Deputy President of the Legal Aid Commission of Tasmania and Senior Criminal Counsel Legal Aid Commission of Tasmania.
Debra was on the Board of the Hobart Clinic Association from 2009 to 2017 and held the roles of Vice Chair of the Board and Chair of the Governance Committee.
Debra holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Tasmania, a Graduate Certificate of Legal Practice from the University of Tasmania, is Admitted to the Supreme Court of Tasmania and the High Court of Australia and holds a Master of Laws (Tribunal Procedures) from Monash University.
She is a Graduate from the Australian Institute of Company Directors.