Deborah became Chief Executive of the Birmingham City Council in June 2021, following over 30 years in public services.
Previous senior roles include Chief Executive of the WMCA, Head of Policy at Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council and Local Government Advisor to the Ministerial Team at the Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions.
Following roles as the Audit Commission's Best Value Service Lead Inspector for the London region and Chief Executive for St Edmundsbury Borough Council and the East of England Development Agency, Deborah was Chief Executive of Suffolk County Council from 2011 to 2017.
She was born and bred in Birmingham and attended the University Birmingham. Deborah has a degree in politics as well as a master’s degree in economics and a further masters degree in management practice.
Deborah received an OBE in 2006 for services to local government and is listed in Local Government Chronicle’s ‘100 Most Influential in the Sector’