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Deborah works in the Innovation Lab and is responsible for the development, management and delivery of creative economy programmes.

She has launched and delivered a number of innovation programmes and currently leads on Amplified, a pilot programme supporting cultural and creative organisations developing digital ideas that generate social impact.

Deborah launched and developed Nesta’s Creative Business Mentor Network, a network of industry leading figures who mentored some of the UK’s most exciting creative businesses.  Previously Deborah has run a number of prototyping funds including Destination Local, a hyperlocal media programme aimed at better understanding and supporting the UK’s hyperlocal scene.  

Outside of the creative industries, she has worked with local authorities to help them make the most of open data and work in partnership with digital agencies to create useful web-based services. She also managed an early stage grant fund to help develop, test and roll out new intensive volunteering services that work alongside public services and offer short-term, high-impact volunteer opportunities.     

Prior to joining Nesta, Deborah worked at television network ITV, communications agency Hill & Knowlton and fashion brand Kickers.