Debbie Forster MBE is a recognised figure in the areas of diversity, tech, innovation and education. She currently works as a portfolio consultant and freelancer and serves as Co-Founder and CEO for the Tech Talent Charter, an industry collective which aims to deliver greater gender diversity in the UK tech workforce.
She frequently lectures at the School for Social Entrepreneurs and offers both coaching and mentoring, particularly for women entrepreneurs or those working in the “for good” space. She has found that for most of these women, a blended approach of standard business mentoring as well as personal coaching to develop confidence and resilience has the most effect, growing both the women and their business.
Debbie was awarded an MBE in January 2017 for “Services to Digital Technology and Tech Development” and Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) named her Woman of the Year for 2016. Her work for the TTC was recognised by Women in IT awards 2018 for Diversity Initiative of the Year. She was awarded Women in IT Awards Diversity Leader of the Year 2018, and Computer Weekly named her Most Influential Woman in UK IT for 2019, the We are Tech Women Editor’s Choice Award for 2019. Debbie is a trustee for the British Council, serves on the Institute of Coding’s Diversity Board and on the government’s Digital Economy Council and its Money and Pensions Service advisory board.
Debbie has deep experience in taking a start up through scaling. Prior to the TTC, Debbie was the Co CEO of Apps for Good, an award-winning education charity. Debbie took the organisation through a period of exponential growth, from 2 centres in London to almost 1000 schools around the world; reaching 75,000 young people in just 5 years.