Deborah is a British multi-millionairess and well-known dragon
Deborah moved into the leisure and retail industry after her franchisee experience, running several successful businesses before being appointed the Managing Director of Weststar Holidays, a holiday park owned by Deborah’s family.
During a management buyout, Deborah acquired a large shareholding which allowed her to later sell the company for £33 million with a retaining stake of 23%.
Deborah transformed business during her time at the helm, making the vacation experience in to high quality service catering for over 150,000 people a year.
Deborah Meaden’s innovation meant the business enjoyed further success and Deborah sold her remaining stake for an astonishing further £83 million. Deborah’s ability to turn a corporation around and create sustainable growth and success has led to Deborah gaining a reputation as one of the most reputable business speakers on the after dinner circuit.
After Weststar, Deborah became a corporate investor and became a household name as a judge on the hit BBC show Dragon’s Den. Since starting the show Deborah now has equity in sectors spanning baby products, antique valuation and even a recipe website. Deborah’s wide portfolio of businesses in a multitude of corporate sectors allows her to see consumer spending and behaviour for a number of differing stores, making her one of the most highly regarded retail speakers.
Deborah aims to inspire and motivate audiences to follow in her footsteps whilst interacting constantly with audience members, making her an ideal conference host. Deborah first hand experiences create an invaluable experience for all who are listening.
Deborah’s book ‘Common Sense Rules’ received wide acclaim, ‘a refreshingly sensible look at an area plagued by hype and mythology.’ Management Today.