Chair, Entrepreneurs Round Table, Program Director, Entrepreneurs, Adelaide
Chair Entrepreneurs Round Table and Program Director Entrepreneurs Behind Closed Doors, Debra Long offers a wealth of experience in business management, business development, sales and relationship portfolio management with a strong focus on women in business.
Debra has an impressive background in banking and finance and enjoyed a highly successful 29-year career in key senior management and leadership roles within the Westpac Group.
Debra is now co-owner of Kelly Sports Adelaide Metro who are the leading and largest provider of sports programs and clinics for school aged children in SA.. Debra’s purpose and passion is to give children of all abilities a lifelong love of sport.
Prior to her transition into business ownership, Debra was Manager of Westpac’s Women’s Markets Unit in SA/NT. As a result of her expertise and commitment to Women’s Markets over a 10 year period, Westpac was recognised as the No. 1 Bank of Choice for Women in SA.
Prior to her extensive work in women’s banking, Debra was Area Manager of Westpac’s Priority Banking segment responsible for a team of Relationship Managers providing total financial care to the Bank’s existing high value and high potential personal clients.
Debra’s expertise in management was recognised early in her career as a Bank Manager in Westpac’s Hutt Street and McLaren Vale branches where she assisted business and personal clients with their banking and financial needs.
Financially astute and commercially savvy, Debra has the proven ability to develop extensive business networks, key contacts and strategic partnerships whilst promoting brand awareness throughout SA. Her passion to educate and empower women with the right tools and strategies to help them achieve both their business, personal and financial goals are highly valued.
A loyal South Australian with a strong personal brand, Debra is widely respected in the business community and as a result has been selected as a judge for many prestigious state awards including the Telstra SA Business Woman of the Year awards and the SA Tourism Industry Awards.
Debra was formerly on the board of Move Through Life Dance Company and TAFE (North Region) and holds a Diploma in Financial Planning Principles and Practices.