Head of Tendering and Service Development
Debbie joined Ascend Contract Management in March 2018 and is now leading our dedicated Tender team. Debbie formerly worked in the charity sector for a number of leading national charities in fundraising and latterly as a regional manager for a health charity managing large dispersed operational teams across the South West region. She worked with a variety of stakeholders including Strategic Clinical Networks and STPs. Part of her remit was to secure tenders with Clinical Commissioning Groups and Local Authorities for delivery of services and in this achieved a 95% success rate. Under her leadership the region increased its income by 500% and had the highest reach of the charity’s target group nationally. She was selected to lead a team of staff to India visiting a national charity there to run workshops on governance, fundraising and marketing which she did building valuable links with them. Debbie is also skilled in: strategic planning; performance and change management and people development.
Debbie has had commercial experience too, having worked in the field of coffee commodity trading working on an international trading floor in the City of London where her language skills, particularly Spanish, were of use. She was also part of a small team which set up and ran a highly successful Bicycle event, London Bikeathon in central London for Leukaemia Research Fund (now Bloodwise) as Director of Marketing and Administration before moving to the South West. This was a voluntary position.
In her spare time, Debbie has two Friesian horses, Geert and Troy and currently three rescue Greyhounds, Isla, Bobs and Lottie. She competes at dressage with her horses and is a keen cyclist.