Deborah is a former headteacher and government advisor. She is founding Director of DLB Leadership Associates Ltd. She chaired the ministerial Independent State School Partnership Forum (ISSP) from 2013-2017, was previously a National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) National Associate, Chairman and Vice President of the Independent Schools Association (ISA), and a former board member of the Independent Schools Council (ISC) as well as the Bromley Safeguarding Children Board.

A journalist, researcher, key note speaker and adjudicator for the TES School Awards, Deborah has published work on outstanding leadership, bereavement, adoption and partnership engagement. She is a participant of many Think Tanks on leadership and community action and was awarded the lifetime Millennium Award for her work effecting positive global social change, in the areas of HIV and AIDS awareness, an OBE for services to education, and a London for Londoners Award.

Deborah served as a Trustee from 2013-2016. Through her involvement with multiple stakeholders and national work on social mobility and community engagement, Deborah is ideally placed to raise the profile of the needs of bereaved young people.

Read Deborah's article for ISA Magazine on how schools can help children develop resilience and coping skills here