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Deborah McKenzie

Chief People Officer, NHS Blood and Transplant

My passion is people, understanding how we behave, and what enables us to adapt successfully to new or different circumstances. All of the roles I’ve had throughout my career have a strong people focus and have enabled me to gain extensive experience of organisational change and leadership development.

I’m also intrigued by how systems operate and their impact on culture. My interest began when I worked for an international company and spent 8 years travelling around the world. During this time I worked in 4 continents and over 20 countries, building my understanding of how good practice could be transferred from one culture to another.

In terms of career, I have worked in the Public Sector for over a decade and during this time have had roles at the Cabinet Office, Public Health England, Department of Health, and the NHS. Prior to this, I worked for Accenture as an Associate Partner, where I led a number of large scale change programmes.

I care deeply about education and supporting young people to determine how they can reach their potential. I have been a PTA chair; a school governor; chaired the wraparound care organisation for a primary school; and am a Trustee of a secondary school. I mentor people of all ages and backgrounds. I know that where we start in life does not automatically determine what we do and where we end up and I care deeply about supporting others to make break throughs.