Deborah Sykes

Deborah has served on numerous not-for-profit boards including as a Board Director and Chair of the Governance Committee of Thorne Harbour Health (formerly the Victorian AIDS Council), as a Board Member of the Australian Breastfeeding Association, and as Vice President of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government alumni committee. She is currently the Manager of the Strategic Projects and Regulatory Policy team within the Victorian Government’s Public Health unit. After beginning her career in nursing, Deborah transitioned into public health and brings over 20 years of leadership, risk management and strategic planning experience to the EcoCentre. She holds qualifications in business and human resources management as well as an Executive Masters in Public Administration, and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Deborah is inspired to bring her skills to the EcoCentre’s Committee of Management because of the organisation’s proactive culture, community focus and its location in the City of Port Phillip, which has been her home for the last 20 years. “We need sustainable solutions in all that we do,” she says, “and this way I can start at home.”

The EcoCentre acknowledges the Kulin Nations, including the Yalukut Weelam clan of the Boon Wurrung language group, traditional owners of the land on which we are located.

We pay respects to their Elders past and present, and extend that respect to other Aboriginal and Elder members of our multicultural community.