Debra Searle MVO, MBE is a truly inspirational woman. A pro adventurer, author, BBC presenter and gender equality advocate. Debra first hit the headlines when she set out to row across the Atlantic with her husband. Although he had to be rescued; so Debra, a novice rower, continued alone and rowed 3000 miles from Tenerife to Barbados. It should have taken them six weeks but, to achieve her goal, Debra ended up spending 3½ months at sea, alone. Encountering 30 foot waves, sharks and force 8 squalls; in her 23 foot ply wood boat.
Yet Debra Searle is more than your usual sports speaker. Despite poor grades at school, Debra found a way to tap into her potential; founding her first company a ‘dot com’, at the age of 23 and second at 27. More recently Debra founded a diversity consultancy and training company, which specialise in innovative corporate programmes. In 2015, Debra combined her two passions for adventure and gender balance, by leading a team of 12 ordinary business women; on an expedition in the Arctic Circle, as part of a wider corporate diversity programme.
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Debra Searle is a regular presenter for the BBC, with credits including: ‘Grandstand’, ‘Extreme Lives’, and ‘Builders, Sweat and Tears’. Her spirit for adventure, gained Debra an MBE from Her Majesty the Queen and she was delighted to be made a trustee of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme in 2003; the youngest and only female trustee at the time, working besides His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh and His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex. She was heavily involved in the form of the Women’s Business Network Forum; based out of Buckingham Palace and chaired by HRH The Countess of Wessex.
Debra’s over whelming positivity and ‘go for it’ attitude is contagious; whilst her modesty is endearing. Debra Searle uses her Atlantic story and experience as an entrepreneur, to powerfully but subtly draw out key business and personal lessons. She illustrates with slides and stunning video footage; leaving her audience in no doubt of their own ability to achieve the extraordinary.
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Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
Some reviews of Debra Searle
Alan Farnsworth, President, Bausch & Lomb EMEA
I have never heard a better speech, anywhere, in any context.
Kate Cook, Nestlé UK
You’ve clearly had a massive impact on our Division as nearly a week later and people are still talking about it! ‘One of the best speakers we’ve ever had’, ‘I can’t stop telling people about Debra Searle and how inspirational she is’, ‘The best thing about the event? Two words: Debra Searle’. We’ve never had feedback like it for a guest speaker!
Client Director, IBM (IBM have booked Debra a further 8 times)
Debra’s presentation was perfectly aligned to our event objectives. Clearly Debra’s achievements are amazing and interesting in themselves. More importantly, Debra has the ‘human touch’ and connected well with everyone in the audience. She held the audience from start to finish and balanced humour with more serious messages. She scored 5 out of 5 from every one of the 170 delegates. This is unheard of!