Debra first hit the headlines when she set out to row across the Atlantic with her husband. Unfortunately he had to be rescued so Debra, a novice rower, continued alone and rowed 3,000 miles from Tenerife to Barbados. It should have taken them six weeks but, to achieve her goal, Debra ended up spending 3 ½ months at sea alone, encountering 30 foot waves, sharks and force 8 squalls in her 23 foot plywood boat.
Debra’s story is captivating and she holds her audience from the moment that she walks on to the stage.
Not just a woman with an interesting story, Debra walks the talk in the business world having started her first company aged 24. On stage, Debra openly and honestly shares the highs and lows of her life in business: the fear of that ‘big pitch’, the disappointment when a project goes awry, and the exhilaration of a job well done.
Unlike many speakers on the circuit with a sports background, Debra connects with business people because she is one!
Debra sat on the board of trustees for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for over a decade, managing a portfolio of £10 million. She was also a founding member of the Women’s Business Network Forum, which meets out of Buckingham Palace quarterly as is chaired by Sophie, HRH The Countess of Wessex.
The Forum brings together leaders of some of the biggest women’s networks in the UK including BP, Ernest & Young, Merrill Lynch, HSBC and Google to share best practice and provide a platform for innovative debate.
With over 14 years of experience as a corporate speaker, you can trust Debra to deliver your key messages to your people.
She has tailored speeches for every business eventuality, including mergers, rapid growth, recession, team-building and inclusive leadership, and has addressed people from all walks of life, from members of the Royal Family, through Board Directors and CEOs to staff in branches and on the ground.