Destined to be a successful entrepreneur, Deborah Meaden launched her first business straight out of college, before setting up one of the first ‘Stefanel’ fashion franchises in the UK. With several businesses in the leisure and retail sector under her belt she became Managing Director of Westar Holidays, overseeing its expansion from one to five holiday parks and leading a management buyout.
Deborah retained a 23% share of Westar Holidays when it was sold to Phoenix Equity Partners in 2005, before its eventual sale for £83 million in August 2007.
Perhaps best known for her appearances on the BBC2 series ‘Dragons Den’, Deborah joined the panel of investors for series three and has since invested in more than thirty businesses, ranging from market research to online antiques valuations and life-saving equipment for hospitals. Passionate about the environment in which we live, Deborah has judged the Observer Ethical Awards since 2008 and has invested in a number of ‘sustainable’ businesses and also supports a carefully selected group of environmental charities. In addition to becoming an Ocean Ambassador for MCS, Deborah is a Fellow of the WWF, the world’s leading environmental organisation, a Patron for Tusk Trust, and an Ambassador for Lend with Care, The Roundhouse and Medical Detection Dogs.
“I’m really concerned about the excessive packaging that you find in supermarkets and the way our seas are being overfished. MCS does a great job in finding solutions to both issues and I’m very proud to have been asked to become an Ocean Ambassador for the charity.” For further information about Deborah, visit: www.deborahmeaden.com
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