Deb Anderson

Without mentioning your job title, how would you describe what it is you do now?

I am passionate about Corporate Governance and after 16 years working for an ASX Listed Financial Services entity I decided the time was right for a new challenge and together with a friend we set up a boutique corporate governance advisory firm in 2019. I undertook the Legal Practice Course in February and am now the proud holder of a Principal Practicing Certificate for the first time, albeit it later in life, that makes is all the more meaningful. 2020 is looking very exciting as we take on the challenge of making a success of our new business. I am also a proud Mother, Wife, Daughter, Sister, Aunt and Niece and take pride in volunteering to two charities close to my heart, as well as importantly finding balance through exercise and meditation.

What was your main driver to enter the legal industry?

I started out as a legal secretary and then travelled overseas and worked as a para legal, I found the work interesting and challenging, each client is unique and I was inspired to complete my law degree. I find the legal profession to be rewarding and inspirational. We are in privileged position to find solutions for our clients legal dilemmas.

What are the first three words you think of when you hear the word ‘diversity’?

Inclusiveness, challenge, innovation.

What do you think it will take to develop truly diverse thinking within the legal industry?

The tendency, particularly in relation to board representation is focussed on gender diversity but diversity is so much more than gender. The more diverse the mix in the legal industry, the greater the ideas that can be generated. It is important to challenge the status quo. With a new generation of graduates, brings new ideas and diversity of thinking. With social media and e-commerce, clients are challenging the delivery of legal services. Diverse thinking encourages innovation. Listening to the ideas of others and promoting an open culture are also important in developing truly diverse thinking.

Deb is Co-Founder and Corporate Governance Consultant at 3YS Owls.