Our founder – Debra Chantry


Debra has been a business coach since 2011 & has managed a team of coaches & undertaken a coach the coach role since 2014.

Prior to this, she was a high-level business executive who became an entrepreneur, business owner & business strategist.

She was ranked by NEXT Magazine as one of the top 6 Business Women in New Zealand.

Now she invests her time working with the team to help entrepreneurs to achieve their professional & personal goals.

In her personal time Debra enjoys fast cars, travel, languages, fine food & wine & her fur babies.


Debra is the leading expert in Intentionality: Backing original INTENT with ACCOUNTABILITY to achieve OUTSTANDING results. What was YOUR original intent for taking on a leadership role?  

Debra is an Entrepreneurial Leadership & Business Coach with over 10 years experience in coaching & mentoring for The Icehouse, Lightning Lab, 0.Ventures, Business Mentors, a leading Executive Leadership Coaching firm & for her own business, Ventell. She has worked with the leadership teams some of the top companies in Australia & NZ as well as working with business owners around the world. Debra has worked with over 500 business owners.

She has a unique mixture of curiosity, experience & stories that she shares.

Her first book entitled “OWN IT – 25 ways of honouring your brilliance.” is due for release at the end of 2019.

Our Founder, Debra Chantry, talks about why she set up The Common & what it offers Entrepreneurs & Business Owners

From Business Coaching to support to networking & having fun!

Debra’s origins were in elite business & mind-set coaching. After 7 years at The Icehouse (ranked by Forbes in the top 10 Business Incubators globally) & 8 years of running Ventell, with a group of coaches working with business owners, she needed a more meaningful way to help entrepreneurs & a system to in fact help 10,000 entrepreneurs every year, which is her stated objective.