Deborah Henderson
Director of Relationships and Engagement
Level 2, 410 Collins St, Melbourne 3000 VIC

Deborah Henderson is the IPA’s Director of Relationships and Engagement working with major supporters. Prior to joining she was Executive Director of Enterprise Victoria, the Liberal Party’s business and political networking organisation formed out of The 500 Club which she ran in Melbourne from 2008.

A journalist by trade, Deborah graduated from the University of Technology in Sydney with a BA in Communications majoring in Australian Politics and Investigative Journalism. A career as a reporter and newsreader in commercial radio in the North East of England and Scotland followed, before she moved to London to work for Reuters and then Independent Radio News. She spent 10 years as a journalist at the BBC, culminating in becoming an Assistant Editor on their domestic rolling news channel BBC News 24 and producing programmes such as Dateline London for BBC World. She completed the BBC’s Executive MBA programme before moving to Australia after the birth of her first child.

Deborah now has three children and campaigns in her spare time for patients to get better access to clinical trials and novel therapies after having to travel overseas last year to access a drug to combat leukaemia which saved her life. That drug was ironically invented in Melbourne. Her article “how red tape nearly killed me” will be published in December’s IPA Review.