Ms Debra Stirling is a highly-experienced senior executive and company director.
Since December 2011, she has been a non-executive director of Federation Limited, an ASX Top 70 company and leading real estate investment trust, Centro, focused on the ownership and management of shopping centres.
Ms Stirling is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee, the Human Resources and Remuneration Committee, and the Nominations Committee.
Ms Stirling has held senior executive positions reporting to Chief Executives in four ASX Top 20 Australian companies – covering mining, building and construction, agriculture, manufacturing and retail. She has worked for Rinker Group, CSR, Coles Myer and, most recently, Newcrest Mining – Australia’s largest gold miner – where she was Executive General Manager, People and Communications, with responsibility for human resources and internal communications.
During her almost seven years with Newcrest, the company won the Randstad Employer of the Year award in 2012, and the Employer of the Year award in the Mining and Resource sectors in both 2012 and 2013.
Ms Stirling is also a member of the Monash Mining Advisory Board, where she has worked to establish close links between the mining industry and the University - and to develop the department of Mining Engineering. Melbourne is no longer the only major Australian city without a Mining Engineering degree course, and the five million-plus people living in and around Melbourne now have an opportunity to engage in research or enter the mining industry as mining engineers – the single most critical role in any mining operation, and without which, no mine can legally function.
Ms Stirling is also a member of the Papua New Guinea government’s Lae Technical Training Centre of Excellence Project Taskforce, where she is spearheading a public-private partnership between industry, governments and other parties, including the Australian Government, to radically transform tertiary training across PNG.
Ms Stirling holds a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in journalism and government, from Queensland University and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She has been happily married for 27 years to Dr David Stirling (a Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering from NSW University), and is mother to their three children, Rachel, 20 – who is a studying science at Monash University – Laura, 18 and Jack, 10. Ms Stirling and the family are keen skiers, and she also loves