Debby Blakey


Debby Blakey
CEW Member

Chief Executive Officer

Debby Blakey was appointed Chief Executive Officer of HESTA in 2015, responsible for leading the $40billion industry fund dedicated to the health and community services sector. She first joined the business in 2008 as the Executive Manager for Member Advice before assuming the role of Deputy CEO in 2012.

Debby’s career spans more than 25 years in superannuation and financial services. Prior to joining HESTA, she worked in the financial services industry across business development, client relationships and operational management.

In addition to her position at HESTA, Debby currently holds directorships at Fund Executive Association Limited (FEAL), Industry Super Australia Ltd (ISA), Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST) and the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors (ACSI).

Debby holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Kwa-ZuluNatal, South Africa, is a Certified Financial Planner, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees and a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Debby was a finalist Woman of the Year in the 2015 Women in Financial Services Awards.

A strong advocate of equality and adequacy in retirement incomes, Debby has led HESTA’s charge in advocating broadly on issues relevant to the Fund’s membership. In 2016, HESTA was the first industry super fund to commit to a Financial Inclusion Action Plan, aimed at reducing the financial exclusion faced by more than three million Australians and is using its role as a responsible investor to push Australia’s top companies to address gender diversity at senior executive and board levels.

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