Deborah has been steeped in civil society for over twenty years, as a leader, campaigner, and writer, working across human rights, development, environment and economic justice issues. She currently works in a portfolio capacity, on strategy and analysis with a range of clients in civil society and philanthropy; and is a partner of RightsCoLab a think tank where she works on the future of civil society.
Her most recent role was as Director of the Funders’ Initiative for Civil Society (FICS), a private philanthropic collaborative working to create a more enabling environment for civil society and democracy. Previous roles have included Director of the World Development Movement, where she helped to achieve curbs to speculation in food commodities; and founder/Director of the Corporate Responsibility Coalition (CORE) of 120 NGOs in the UK that achieved ground-breaking changes to UK Company law, to embed social and environmental accountability.
She has been a trustee of numerous organisations, including the Fairtrade Foundation, and is currently on the Board of Finance Uncovered. She has appeared as a spokesperson across radio and television, and blogs for the Guardian on international civil society issues.