Deborah grew up in Workington and attended local schools. On completing a degree in English Literature, she went on to a take a post graduate Diploma course in Careers Guidance before returning to West Cumbria.

She joined Cumbria Careers Service as a Careers Adviser and gained experience working in virtually every school in Allerdale. She particularly enjoyed working with young people with learning difficulties and disabilities and was successful in her application to become a specialist Careers Adviser working across schools in West Cumbria and Carlisle.

Deborah went on to be a Team leader and Area Manager in Cumbria Careers Service. She has also worked in a variety of roles within Inspira Cumbria before starting her current role as Area Operations Manager based in West Cumbria.

She is passionate about Cumbria and is committed to improving the life chances of young Cumbrians through careers guidance and personal development activities such as National Citizen Service.

Outside of work she is a governor at a secondary school and a Trustee with a local Youth Project.