Dr Debra Williams was born and bred in Neath and returned there, having lived and worked at senior level in numerous countries across the world, some 15 years ago. Debra lives there with her partner and family. Her interests are horse riding and she is a passionate rugby supporter being a shareholder of Ospreys Rugby and having sat on the board. Debra is in demand as public speaker, talking about creating and building a distributive business model to being the first female appointed to a professional rugby board.
Debra is a leading businesswomen and consults with companies both in the UK, Europe and the US. She has held a number of senior roles and has worked at management level at some the UK’s best-known businesses including Confused.com and Tesco Compare. She was Welsh Woman of the Year for Innovation in 2006, and was recognised as one of the UK’s top 200 business women by the Queen in February 2007. She is a sponsor and mentor for the young entrepreneur academy at Swansea University. In April 2016 she was appointed chair of Careers Wales for three years and is a trustee of the Alacrity Foundation, working closely with Professor Simon Gibson and Sir Terry Matthews.