About Me

You know my name, so we’ve covered that – but will also respond to Deb, Debs and Debbie.

At the time of writing, I’m 46 years old. I have various jobs, one marriage, one divorce, a couple of house moves and zero children under my belt.  I also have well-earned DebbieFord - face July17wrinkles in a few places. I grew up in Hampshire on the south coast, daughter of a naval officer, then moved to Brighton to be even closer to the sea.  In fact, Chichester is the farthest I’ve lived from the sea! Interests include photography and indie cinema. I’ve volunteered at Chichester Cinema at New Park for over 10 years now – started off behind the bar, then a lead role in the Sports & Social Committee, I was then invited to join the cinema Board of Trustees in 2011. I was chair from 2012 to 2015 and I am now the Company Secretary. I could wax lyrical all day long about why you should never visit Cineworld!

You might want to grab a big mug of tea for this next bit and make yourself comfortable, as I do go on a bit. It’s the career path potted history, the “how on earth did I get here?” bit! Or, if you’ve heard enough, you can just get in touch – I’d love to hear from you.

I studied marketing and communications and had ambitions of becoming a journalist -teacher-radio production editor. What I actually ended up doing is working for the Rank Organisation for 4 years as a cinema manager at the Odeon in Brighton, and as a trainer working with their new managers. After dabbling in the training sector for a bit, I went back to a marketing role with the excellent Jobsite when they were really just a startup operating from above what used to be MVC on South Street (now a Wahaca).

The terrible tragedy that was 9/11 had a massive impact on IT recruitment and I was made redundant from Jobsite, so I took a short-term contract role in the IT department at West Sussex County Council. I ended up being there for 11 years (!) specialising in Change Management on major IT projects. The thought of still being there when I retired scared the bejeezus out of me, so I joined D3R – a digital agency with their HQ here in Chichester.

I was with D3R for almost 3 years in a project/client management role working with prestigious clients across a number of sectors, including:

  • Dualit – creator of the iconic toaster
  • Corbin & King – they run some of London’s (and the world’s) best-known restaurants, including The Wolseley
  • Monica Vinader – much sought after jewellery brand
  • Loaf – masters in making your home beautiful

I finally took the plunge to go it alone, after helping a number of friends – personally and professionally – get to grips with the wonderful world of social media. And it is wonderful and it will be rewarding for you too.

To find out more about my professional background, please do have a look at my LinkedIn profile. My personal Twitter account is also open.  Please be aware that it is a personal not a business account – so there may be the odd colourful word or opinions that you don’t agree with, in the main it is chitter chatter with friends and people or organisations of interest – it’s all about engagement and getting a conversation started.  You can see more of my photography on Instagram.  I also set up an informal networking group – Last Friday Club – Chichester, learn more here. 

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” ~ Mary Oliver