Debra is an experienced creative producer and arts director with a wide-ranging knowledge of music, the arts, education, culture and community participation at a local, national and international level.
Debra is currently the Director of Brighter Sound a cultural producer of music programmes, pioneering new ways to explore creative music with musicians, music creators, artists and young people. Brighter Sound regularly commissions and produces work and provides a platform for artists’ development.
The company is the sector lead for Manchester Music City and is a member of the international Music Cities Network. Brighter Sound contributes to research and strategic development concerning music and its impact and role across learning and education on a regional and national scale.
Brighter Sound believes in a more equal and diverse music industry, and its Both Sides Now programme is working to affect positive change around the roles, representation and recognition of women in music, from the classroom – to the boardroom – to the stage.
Debra's previous roles include- Director of Women in Music; ACE North West Music Officer: Co-artistic director of the Commonwealth Games Cultural Programme; Manager of the Australian Contemporary Arts programme across the UK and Europe; Co-director of Fkuk an international producing company; Co-producer for the Nitin Sawhney project, Aftershock.