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Deborah Lincoln

Deborah Lincoln is a Communications  and Public Affairs Consultant specialising in the creative industries. Until October 2020, she was Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications & Public Affairs, International for Warner Bros. Entertainment, responsible for corporate communications strategy, internal and external communications, corporate responsibility and public affairs across Warner Bros.’ international businesses. Previously, Deborah led Corporate Communications and Public Affairs for Pearson PLC, responsible for corporate and financial media relations and government relations.  Between 2001 and 2004, she was Special Advisor to Patricia Hewitt, Secretary of State for Trade & Industry, acting as a political and policy expert on employment and work policy, industrial relations, diversity and corporate responsibility. Previous roles include Director of Communications for Macmillan Cancer Relief, several communications positions with The Prince’s Trust and The Prince’s Foundation, and posts with the UK Labour Party, including National Women’s Officer and Head of Membership. Deborah has been Chair of Watford Palace Theatre since February 2015 and chairs the Guildhall School Trust. She holds a master’s degree in European Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

What motivated you to join the Oxford School of Drama Board of Trustees?

I’ve been lucky enough to work in media and entertainment for the past 15 years, and both my adult children have chosen careers in the creative arts, so I’ve seen first hand the importance of inclusive and rigorous training to the future chances of talented young people. I feel privileged to have a part to play in helping the next generation of actors and creatives to fulfil their potential and tell their stories.

What would you like to contribute or achieve as part of your role?

I believe my deep industry knowledge and background in driving corporate responsibility and diversity and inclusion, will be helpful as the Board, together with the leadership and teaching team, navigate a pathway to the future direction of the School, as a diverse and excellent training institution prepared for the future.