Deborah Thomas


Business, Media, Motivational

One of the country’s most successful and experienced magazine editors, Deborah has been at the helm of Australia’s biggest selling magazine, The Australian Women’s Weekly, for a decade and editing our most popular women’s magazines for over 18 years.

Most recently host Mark Bouris’ advisor on the Nine Network’s successful television series Celebrity Apprentice, Deborah has a record of successfully editing magazines such as Cleo, Elle and Mode (now Harpers Bazaar). She was appointed Editor-in-Chief of The Australian Women’s Weekly, Australia’s highest selling magazine and a national icon, in September 1999.
In May 2002, The Australian Women’s Weekly scooped the pool at the Magazine Publishers of Australia Awards, the magazine equivalent of the Oscars. The awards included Magazine of the Year 2002, General Excellence (News and General Interest), as well as two advertising awards. Deborah received the highest accolade, Editor of the Year.

In March 2005, she was promoted to Editorial Director of The Weekly, responsible for all aspects of this iconic brand including television programs, books and brand extensions.

In March 2009, Deborah was promoted to the role of General Manger ACP Women’s Lifestyle (magazines), Editorial projects, working across the women’s lifestyle portfolio which includes, The Weekly, Woman’s Day, Cleo and Cosmopolitan.
Deborah is a sought-after speaker on many topics, including marketing to women, balancing work and family, and, of course, the Australian magazine and advertising industry. She is also an entertaining and informative media commentator, with regular spots on the Today show, A Current Affair and 20 to One.

Currently, Deborah sits on the council of the National Library of Australia and is a board member of the National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Centre and a patron of the Taronga Foundation.

Dedicated to promoting and mentoring young women, as well as providing credible information on a range of topics, including health, family and community issues, Deborah has also been a member of the Walkley Advisory Council (2005-2007), an AusAID Ambassador for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (2003) and a member of the steering committee for Promoting the Value of the Arts for the Australia Council (2002).

Outside work, Deborah is a wife and mother to Oscar, and is actively involved in many community fundraising projects. A former international model, she is passionate about fashion, art and photography.