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Debbie Spring was appointed to the GOTAFE Board in February 2019. Debbie has extensive experience as a senior executive and Board member in Australia and overseas, across a broad range of industry sectors including energy, manufacturing, rail and general logistics. In various roles, she has implemented major business transformation programs in large, complex, capital intensive, highly regulated and unionised industries. Debbie has over 15 years experience as a professional Director, including as Chair, on the Boards of unlisted companies, government businesses and start-ups.
Her Board roles have included membership of sub-committees responsible for finance, audit and risk, remuneration and culture, and infrastructure. The Boards she has served on include Ambulance Victoria, Federation University of Australia, Mount Hotham Resort Management Board (Chair), the Donric Group (Chair) and V/Line Corporation. Debbie was appointed Chair of the Rail Industry Standards and Safety Board in November 2016 and Executive Chair and Chief Executive Officer on 1 June 2019.
Debbie has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Union College, a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Master in Business Administration from Harvard Business School. She is a licensed professional engineer and a GAICD.