Deborah joined Compass as its first group engagement director in August 2019, originally attracted by the strategic focus on performance, people and purpose, she has relished the chance to help Compass bring its commitment to 600,000 people to life every day.
Her remit has since been extended to include responsibilities for people and organisation effectiveness, diversity & inclusion, policy, HRIS Transformation and strategic business partnering
As chief people officer at Yoox Net-A-Porter (YNAP) she led a globally-diverse team to leverage the energy and talents of the predominantly-female Millennial workforce and built the global platform and policy for HR solutions. She led the people integration with Richemont post-merger, developed the executive and talent remuneration strategies and was involved in the due diligence work for the JV with Alibaba in China.
She joined YNAP from BT where she held the roles of chief HR officer for global services, chief learning officer, and HR director for BT Retail. During her time at BT she created the global performance policy; built its Academy and digital portal for learning, collaboration and knowledge management for 97,000 people; rolled out BT’s flagship leadership training to 9,000 people; launched BT’s Tech Literacy campaign to 400,000 children via 15,000 teachers; led the initial people and cultural integration stream for the £12.5 billion acquisition of EE; and was part of the executive team to acquire Tikit and launch BT Sport in 2013 to air from London’s Olympic Park.