Deborah Jenkins is particularly interested in the development of partnerships to address complex problems. Over the last thirty years she has held leadership positions in organisations ranging from tiny third sector projects to major healthcare providers and provided consultancy to many companies in the UK and abroad. She was a founder of Common Purpose and a NED and Chair in the NHS for 24 years. She is strongly committed to the North East, where she has been based since the mid-eighties. In addition to running her own consultancy, Kindling Ltd, she is currently CEO of TDI, a charity working to reduce the risk of sexual offending, and chairs two new companies delivering children’s services, Together for Children in Sunderland, and Brighter Futures for Children in Reading. She also chairs NCFE, the UK’s third biggest qualifications awarding body; and the Northern Neonatal Clinical Network and is a trustee of The North of England Civic Trust. Deborah is honored to be a Deputy Lieutenant for Tyne and Wear.