As managing director of GL Hearn, Deborah leads an enlarged real estate consultancy which better meets clients’ needs. Formerly Director of Housing at Manchester City Council, Deborah joined Capita in September 2016 from the Homes and Communities Agency (now Homes England) where she was an executive director. Initially head of housing delivery, she was subsequently appointed managing director of Capita’s real estate projects business. With over two decades’ experience in the sector, she is an influential and highly-regarded figure within the real estate industry and brings a new energy and perspective to the business.
Deborah was instrumental in the delivery of many successful investment schemes, including a substantial affordable housing programme, the rebirth of Ancoats in Manchester, working with partners to deliver the Preston and Lancashire City Deal and the rapid expansion of the Omega site near Warrington. During her time at the Homes and Communities Agency Deborah was seconded to Manchester City Council as Chief Executive of Manchester Place to successfully establish a ground-breaking partnership between Manchester City Council and the HCA to accelerate residential delivery. Deborah was also Director of Housing at Manchester City Council prior to joining HCA.