a tears to triumph tale of one Moroccan woman’s fight against poverty and prejudice to legitimise her child
An experienced and award-winning documentary film maker who has worked as producer/director, series producer, executive producer, and development head in television, radio and online. Her documentaries “have always been of the highest standard, both intellectually and visually”, wrote Richard Klein, ITV Director of Factual and former Controller of BBC4.
She embraces the quick, the dead and the quirky, from criminal psychology on BBC1 in My Son the Killer, to archaeology on BBC2 in China’s Terracotta Army to pop music on BBC4 in Quincy Jones: The Many Lives of Q.
Deborah left the BBC after 15 years, to make Bastards, a feature length independent documentary for festivals and for broadcast. She and her collaborator Nora Fakim shared a room in a Casablanca slum for eight weeks, living amongst their film subjects – feisty single mothers fighting for justice for their outcast children, using Morocco’s radical new laws.
Alongside her professional life, she has always made time for voluntary work in education and equality, and has strong strategic, managerial and governance skills. She is a Governor of the University of South Wales, a fundraiser for The Prince’s Trust Fairbridge Programme, and co-creator of Mega Messiah, an annual mass choral concert in partnership with Wales Millennium Centre and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
Deborah is married to an NHS Intensive Care Consultant and has a son and a daughter, both at university. She lives in Cardiff and London.