"She seems to have the uncanny knack of being able to anticipate problems before they happen and devise innovative solutions before the problems become a serious impediment.", Noel McCarthy, the Editor-in-Chief PriceWaterhouseCoopers
Deborah Collier M.Sc. FRSA is an influential strategic, foresight and futurist leader in business, digital, education and media working on boards in the UK and North America. Described by academics and leaders as an 'original thinker', 'thought-leader' and 'economic force', she is a digital, media and technology entrepreneur, author and professional keynote speaker with a global audience, major brand following, network and readership of C-Suite leaders and professionals in business, academia, government, media and entertainment. Achieving global impact, she developed and implemented a three-pillared model, plan and solution for sustainability (Economy, Social and Environment), a digital governance framework, scalable brands, methodologies for strategic planning and leadership and management programs used by blue-chip organisations around the globe. A media group CEO, Chair and Non-Executive Director she is a digital education pioneer, founder and president of industry's global awarding body Digital Skills Authority. A fellow of the Royal Society for Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, she is also a member of the Media Society and Mensa (which"aims to identify and foster human intelligence for the benefit of humanity").
Futurists explore trends, patterns, history, logic and strategic knowledge to predict what the future may hold. As an impact and journey driven strategic leader, Déborah is interested in the cutting-edge and in predicting what opportunities, risks and trends will occur in both the near-term and long-term future. Futurist Leader Déborah seeks out the cutting-edge, and armed with a broad spectrum of knowledge, she deciphers how technologies and practices can either be innovated or leveraged in intelligent ways right now, or in the future. Déborah blends research with her own knowledge and new information to predict trends, before considering strategy for the future. She has a particular ability to see most scenarios like a map, either looking down at an overall view, or as a tree branching out with different scenarios, options, risks, benefits and solutions. She then finds an optimal pathway to a goal or solution, using a blend of logic and creativity. She has the ability see patterns and make interesting connections, which helps when formulating a roadmap with creative and logical actions and ideas, but also for disaster prevention.
2009 - Present - Developed and implemented a Three-Pillared Model, Plan and Solution for Sustainability - Social, Economic and Environment Global Impact
2017-2022 Non-Executive, Executive Director and Chair on boards in Education and Media.
Industry Awards - Global Top 10 Thought-Leader and Top 100 Most Influential Read more
2019- Devised educational format and brand 'Toward Utopia'
2020-2021 - Led growth and digital transformation of education and publishing organisation to a net value of c $7-million to include production of over 45-hrs of interactive, audio, video, and animation content in just 7-months during the Pandemic
14-years experience developing and delivering an industry skills education framework, professional skills programs and certifications
2015 - 2016 - Architected and led production of a pilot online network acquiring over 100,000 global business leaders, department heads and professionals
2007-2016 - Built a newsletter subscriber readership of 200,000+ global business and organisational leaders. Insights
2007 - 2016 - Built and led companies, steered training teams, trained and delivered strategic advice to leaders at international government ministries, large well-kown organisations, blue-chip companies and SMEs around the globe
2005 - 2007 - Built a business and it's music portal using cutting-edge technologies such as mobile commerce, a clothing range and interviews with music icons, launched a record label with an artist's single winning representation by the British Phonographic Industry at Midem.
"Digital diva, an intelligent articulator, who makes the complex simple",
Steve Hyde, Executive Recruiter and Chairman.
QUOTES FROM Déborah
"Education is a human-right that helps us to fulfill our individual potential and together enable the world progress".
"Reputation is vital, but integrity is everything."
"The only credible opponent of information warfare is truth."
"Education is a vaccine for acts of ignorance."
"One of the greatest achievements from 'Conscious Business' is the joy and motivation it inspires in a workforce."
"Both media and technology platforms have a responsibility to the public to ensure that fake news is not spread" on Channel 4 News 8th August 2018
"Crisis often presents the greatest test of integrity."
"Educational concepts and content must be relevant to learners, evolve with changing times, look forward and prepare for the future".
"Music is a soul assembling energy that helps us through our journey now and into the future".
"Futurism and futurology are about learning from the past, understanding our people, planet and universe, addressing today's challenges, analysing future opportunites, and sharing knowledge among thinkers and innovators".
Born 1973 into an academic family in London, Déborah moved to Kent at 18-months old to be raised by her mother Audrey, a department head in the civil service. Of an English mother and Greek descent on her businessman father's side, one of her grandfathers was a school deputy headmaster, the other a surveyor who had served as a local Chief Medical Officer in World War II.
Déborah experienced a happy childhood in the borough of Bexley, winning a place at Bexley Grammar School at 11-years old. She enjoyed a mix of sciences, humanities and the arts to GCSE and A-level, as well as hockey, greek evening lessons and modern dance classes.
In her mid-twenties, further to the loss of her grandfather and mother, she moved to Berkshire and was motivated to make her life as meaningful as possible. She chose to fill it with happy and enriching experiences through travel, innovation and education. Life for Déborah is about the journey, personal growth, memories, impact and legacy. It may have also been a key factor in the magazine TV Series concept she devised 'Toward Utopia', of which she has been described by industry as the 'heart beat'.
Déborah has spent the majority of her life in Windsor. Fuelling her love of languages and exploration, she also spent a number of years globetrotting living between Montreal and Kensington, as well as short periods in Buenos Aires, where she taught online classes to a global audience, and the Philippines where she learned to dive between growing her music portal at a rented space at a local tech company.
Déborah is a strong, reflective, compassionate and deep free-thinker who enjoys learning, philosophy, writing, poetry, music, dancing, comedy, science andfuture tech, art and design, architecture, fashion, backgammon, languages, travel, scuba diving, hiking and good food.