After graduation Deborah spent thirty years as a civil servant, largely in the Home Office but also in the Ministry of Defence. She focussed initially on criminal justice but then moved into HR and corporate services and was HR Director in both Departments.
In 2008 she moved into senior recruitment at Saxton Bampfylde where she is a partner and where she headed the Government Practice and was a Director until 2016. She has wide experience of very senior Government and third sector appointments. In this role she acts as adviser on both top level executive and non-executive recruitment to a number of large third sector organisations.
She is married to the head of an Oxford University College and has two adult sons.