Debbie Horner – Programme Lead
Previously, Debbie developed and managed a number of Unlocking Potential programmes including our highly successful Gateway and Stand out from the Crowd events. She also worked as a Business Development Manager here, supporting SMEs across Cornwall. Prior to returning, Debbie worked within public sector HR, supporting departments with management and restructure issues. She also worked for 6 years managing large chain health clubs. When not at work, much of her time is spent with her family. She also loves the beach, keeping healthy, and finding great new restaurants to eat in.
Debs, tell us more about your role:
Essentially my role focuses on supporting our team of experienced and talented Business Development Managers to deliver exceptional business support to our clients. I love it because we have such a great team who are dedicated and passionate about working with their clients. My role is about people management and operations, and I also work with clients myself.
What experience have you had working with businesses, and what do you enjoy the most?
I have been with Unlocking Potential for over 10 years now. Previously I worked within the leisure industry as a Centre Manager for large health club chains. Since joining Unlocking Potential I have worked with a variety of new businesses through to established businesses as a Business Development Manager. I have also delivered our previously successful ‘Stand out from the Crowd’ programme, as well as designed and implemented a work experience programme called ‘Gateway’. The passion, creativity, courage, and drive you see every day in the people at the heart of those businesses, making something happen for themselves and others – is what I enjoy the most.
How do you stay inspired?
Reading stories of success that businesses achieve here in the county, and just working alongside truly brilliant people that care.
What is your favourite meal to cook?
I have to say I am lazy in the kitchen, but I do kick in when the weather kicks in, that’s heat not the Cornish mizzle! So when the sun shines, it’s my turn to shine at my BBQ. Or I have one of those outdoor paella kit tripod things, so on a non- windy evening they are pretty awesome.
Where would you like to be a fly on the wall?
About the 10th brick up on the left, just far enough above my paella dish, the smells are gorgeous!
If you could eliminate one thing from your daily routine, what would it be?
Two minutes on an electric toothbrush, it’s a necessary job, but pretty boring!