Debra Barnes commenced as CEO of SHQ in early 2020. With over fifteen years’ experience in CEO, senior executive and board director roles across both corporate and for-purpose sectors, Debra has a demonstrated track record in delivering strategic leadership, transformational change and operational growth.
Debra has spent the past seven years in executive roles at VisAbility Ltd where she led an organisation rebrand, restructuring of client services, and the implementation of innovative work practices. Prior to VisAbility, Debra was the CEO of the WA General Practice Network and founding CEO of Primary Care WA.
Debra believes that diversity, inclusion and equality drives creativity and innovation. She advocates for freedom of choice, access to timely, quality healthcare, and for the sexual rights of everyone to be respected, protected and fulfilled.
Debra is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management WA, a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and she has a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Western Australia.