Deborah has over twenty years’ experience across a diverse portfolio of hospitality and high-profile global events including 7 Olympic Games, 3 Commonwealth Games, Asian Games, University Games and European Championships.
Deborah commenced her career in the Forte Hotel Group after completing a BA Degree in Hospitality Management at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. She then moved into the Hilton Group before realizing her passion for the event industry during the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games where she worked for Compass Eurest.
More recently Deborah held the position of Food and Beverage Operations Manager for the Rio 2016 Games where she was responsible for the for the overall Food and Beverage operational planning for all Competition and Non-Competition Venues including the Athletes Village. Following this she returned to her home country of Scotland to take up the role of Catering, Cleaning and Waste Team Manager for the European Championships 2018 which included the strategic planning, procurement, contract management and event time operations for Championships.
Her most enjoyable and rewarding roles have been managing the Catering, Cleaning and Waste contracts and operations for the Athletes Village’s both at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and the Shooting Village in Surrey University, Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games.
The following reference is from the Director of the European Championships 2018.
‘Deborah was a truly valuable and crucial part of my team. She was dependable and incredibly hard-working and her industry knowledge and expertise in Catering, Cleaning and Waste was a huge advantage to the Championships. Deborah put her skillset to work throughout her time with us in order to deliver a world-class level of service to multiple client groups. Deborah was responsible for a large team and by all accounts was an excellent manager, mentor and support to all levels in her team.
Overall, Deborah is an exceptional individual who has an outstanding knowledge and awareness of how to deliver a successful Catering, Cleaning & Waste operation for major events. This knowledge, coupled with her excellent personal skills make her a very accomplished manager who can adapt to a variety of situations and roles which in turn would provide a vital asset to any organisation.’