Deborah is an expert in nursing and healthcare delivery in the NHS. She qualified as an orthopaedic nurse in 1986 and has served in various NHS Trusts where she worked her way up to the very top of the nursing profession. In 1989, Deborah took a senior nurse position at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and nine years later was appointed as the Chief Nurse and Acting Chief Executive. Since then, Deborah has held top nursing positions at a variety of Trusts, as well as director roles at NHS England and UCL Partners.
After retiring in 2019 as Executive Director of Nursing & Midwifery from North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust, Deborah was recalled by the Trust to be part of the senior nursing team during the COVID-19 pandemic. She is also a NED and Vice Chair (Bedfordshire & Luton) for East London NHS Foundation Trust.