Debra started her varied career in the hotel industry, before moving into Conference & Banqueting. In the years that followed, Debra moved to a corporate environment organising in-house events and activities before finally moving to work for event management agencies. In these roles, Debra was responsible for project managing multiple global conferences and events for clients within the pharmaceutical industry; working to tight deadlines, constantly changing logistics, client demands, budgets and environments.
After 10 years in the events industry and to achieve a more sustainable work life balance, Debra changed career direction transitioning to a PA role.
For the past 10 years, Debra has worked with senior HR leaders across a variety of industries including Financial Services, Insurance and Facilities Management. Debra has been at RBS for 7 years, working within Group HR Functions. Her current role is in Learning & Development.
Debra is both Founder & Chair of the PA Network at RBS. The aim of the network is to bring the PAs together from across the Bank; to learn from one another, to share experiences, information and best practice and offer career development and training. The network helps to reinforce the value of the PA role and will help support the banks with the ambition to be number one for customer service, trust and advocacy by 2020. From a standing start in January 2016 the network now has over 530 members from across the UK & Ireland.
Outside of work, Debra is a Trustee for Saving Macedonia Strays, an animal rescue charity based in Macedonia. Debra helps to raise awareness for the organisation and the work they do, as well as fundraise, run their social media outlets and support with the rehoming of the animals within Macedonia, the UK & across Europe.