Deborah, until quite recently coordinator for the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape WHS has been awarded an MBE in the first King’s Birthday Honours. Deborah has been honoured for services to Heritage, with an MBE (Member of the British Empire).
Now a consultant advising on protected landscape management and investment for environmental growth, a Trustee of the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Trust, and chair of the World Heritage UK Climate Emergency group, Deborah oversaw the management of the largest industrial landscape WHS in the UK for 18 years.
Deborah steered the team that achieved the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site’s inscription on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2006.
Over the years, Deborah’s work ensured that WHS status delivered a range of social and economic benefits, including attracting over £90m in capital investment for the sensitive management of this internationally important historic environment.
Originally from Chesterfield, Deborah studied history at University of Wales College, Cardiff and Museums Studies at the University of Leicester. Prior to her move to Cornwall, she worked in the museums sector, leading cultural development organisations in Leicestershire and Essex before taking on leadership of Museums and Art Galleries, including the archaeology service and Bristol and Region Environmental Record Centre for Bristol City Council.