Deborah launched her own glass and ceramics export company straight out of business college. With multiple successes within the leisure and retail sector, Deborah became MD of holiday park business Westar Holidays, becoming the major shareholder in a management buyout. Within two years, she was promoted to Managing Director and grew the company to provide high-quality UK family holidays for over 150,000 people annually. Since selling her stake, Deborah has become a serial entrepreneur.
She joined the panel of investors for series three of the BBC2 programme ‘Dragons’ Den’ becoming an integral member of the Dragons. Deborah’s portfolio of investments ranges from Dock and Bay, ultra-fast drying towels, to Hope and Ivy, gorgeous fashion inspired by nature.
Deborah actively supports several environmental charities and initiatives, including the annual Observer Ethical Awards, which she has judged since 2008. Deborah is a fellow of the WWF, the world’s leading environmental organisation, and she also acts as a Patron and Trustee for Tusk Trust. In addition, Deborah is an Ambassador for Lendwithcare, the Roundhouse, and Marine Conservation Society, a Fellow with the RSA and a Patron of the Microloan Foundation.
Today Deborah strives to achieve a balanced life between her business interests, the projects and causes she feels passionate about and spending time with her family, friends and animals.