Debra Houghton has worked in accounting firms for over 20 years. Her role at Gilligan Sheppard has evolved and includes working with other accounting firms on systems and best practice. Debra thrives in an environment filled with variety and challenges. She is responsible for the management of the administration team, marketing, systems, practice development, projects and reselling of specialist products.
Debra enjoys project management of new systems and ideas and is the champion for our electronic checklist and Document Manager.
Sharing ideas and knowledge is vital to providing clients with a better service and also ensures a better understanding of business. Debra has spoken and presented at conferences where she gets to champion the products and services she has researched and established at Gilligan Sheppard. One such example is creating a paperless accounting office with the use of software called ‘Nimbus‘.
We need to be the ‘Tigger’ when everyone else is being an ‘Eeyore’ – words of Debra Houghton’s wisdom. She encourages like-minded administrators to be excited over changes regardless of whether it is a system change, premises change, team changes or even culture changes as practices evolve and prepare for the future. Her excitement makes a difference, because it helps everyone else to see the possibilities.
Outside of work, Debra has a keen interest in water-skiing and spending time outdoors. Do-it-yourself and renovation projects are a keen interest – she’s quite clever. A priority for her is time with family and friends.
“Even though you are on the right track, you will get run over
if you just sit there.” – Will Rogers
“If you ain’t living on the edge, you’re taking up way too much space.”
– Author Unknown