Deborah Nanschild

Deb_webManaging Director

Extract: Deborah is a dynamic, highly skilled and progressive learning and development professional and management consultant with extensive experience in the public sector, vocational education and training, higher education and the corporate sector. She has aboriginal lineage and works with indigenous elders and leaders throughout Australia. She is an indigenous consultant to governments and communities on governance and leadership, and hosts an annual Elders Mystery School in north Brisbane.

Deb has exceptional facilitation, communication and management skills; and over 30 years experience in adult learning, organisational training and development and people development. She is an accomplished adult educator with an approachable and professional style. Her extensive experience includes developing, implementing and evaluating quality training and assessment strategies, solutions and systems within large and small organisations. She is highly innovative and creative with a focus on the possibilities that lie ahead for organisations and their people. She has received numerous awards for her work, including an Australian Prime Minister’s Award of Merit.

Her qualifications  include a Masters of Research from Deakin University, Master of Women’s Studies from Adelaide University, a Graduate Diploma of Arts, Bachelor of Education, Diploma of Teaching, Diploma of Government (Community Capacity), and a Cert IV in Training and Assessment. Deb also has accreditation in Psychometric assessment, Educational Counselling & Re-Evaluation Counselling, Ignite Your Spirit Therapy, Mediation and Conflict Resolution, Industrial Relations, OHS & Industrial Democracy and Equal Opportunities Representation. Deb is also a Graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School (USA).

Amongst her extensive client base, Deb has worked with the Attorney-General’s Department, NSW Police, Australian Federal Police, Defence, Human Services, Prime Minister & Cabinet, Australian Communications and Media Authority, ComSuper, Customs and Border Protection, and General Practice and Education Training. Deb was the Manager of the Forensic Procedures Implementation Team (2000-2001) for NSW Police and led the successful introduction of DNA evidence. She has been a university course coordinator and lecturer in six universities, most recently with Deakin University in Situated Learning in the Workplace and Developing Competencies at Masters Degree level.

Deb’s research on values-based leadership development in the Australian Public Service significantly influenced legislative changes in 2013 to the APS Values, Code of Conduct and Employability Principles under the Public Service Act 1999. She has presented at national and international conferences and published her findings in academic and professional journals.


  • Award for Outstanding Contribution to Department of Defence Learning Services, 2002
  • Prime Minister’s Award of Merit, 1995
  • Australian NGO Delegate, United Nations Women’s Conference, Beijing, China, 1995
  • City of Adelaide Awards, 1994 & 1995
  • Ministerial Appointee, National Outdoor Recreation Leadership Development Training Board, 1992-4

Professional Associations

  • President, ACT Division, 2003-5 & Director, National Board, 2003-4, Australian Institute of Training and Development
  • Member, International Leadership Association
  • Member, Australian Association for Professional & Applied Ethics
  • Member, Spirituality, Leadership and Management (SLaM)
  • Peer Reviewer, Journal of Spirituality, Leadership and Management