Deborah McKenzie, Chief People Officer, Public Health England.
My passion is people, understanding how we behave, and what enables us to adapt successfully to new or different circumstances. All of the roles I’ve had throughout my career have a strong people focus and have enabled me to gain extensive experience of organisational change and leadership development.
I’m also intrigued by how systems operate and their impact on culture. My interest began when I worked for an international company and spent 8 years travelling around the world. During this time I worked in 4 continents and over 20 countries, building my understanding of how good practice could be transferred from one culture to another.
In terms of career, I have worked in the Public Sector for over a decade and during this time have had roles at the Cabinet Office, Public Health England, Department of Health, an acute trust, an SHA and in local government.
Prior to this, I worked for Accenture as an Associate Partner, where I led a number of large scale change programmes.
After University I spent a few years in the fast moving consumer goods industry, holding roles as varied as Market Research Manager; Space Planning Manager; National Sales Account Manager; and Trade Marketing Manager.