Deborah Meaden


Business speaker, Deborah Meaden spent time on the popular British TV show Dragons Den. She is possibly one of the most well-known British entrepreneurs, a perfect choice for business conferences, and after dinner speeches.

Deborah started her journey into the world of business like most entrepreneurs, at a young age. Her first venture was a simple export company which eventually became large enough for her to start up a fashion franchise.

After working in the fashion industry for several years and getting her bearings in the world of business, she moved into the leisure industry to pursue the retail industry. She spent several years running successful companies before eventually being appointed the Managing Director of Weststar Holidays, a holiday park owned by Deborah’s family.

Her successes are in the shadow of one of her biggest career decisions. As a leading shareholder in the company, she was able to sell her shares for an incredible £33 million. During her time at the helm, she transformed the company into a money-making machine which boasted a high-quality vacation for consumers. After selling her shares in the company, she still retained 23% ownership.

For a period of time after this incredible buyout, she continued to innovate and develop the company. Eventually selling her remaining shares for £83 million, essentially making £116 million while running the company.

Deborah’s ability to turn a corporation around and create sustainable growth and success has led to Deborah gaining a reputation as one of the most reputable business speakers on the after dinner circuit.

After Weststar, Deborah became a corporate investor and became a household name as a judge on the hit BBC show Dragon’s Den. Since starting the show Deborah now has equity in sectors spanning baby products, antique valuation and even a recipe website. Deborah’s wide portfolio of businesses in a multitude of corporate sectors allows her to see consumer spending and behaviour for a number of differing stores, making her one of the most highly regarded retail speakers.

Alongside business Deborah plays an active role in major charity organisations, becoming an ambassador for WWF in 2009 and a patron of Tusk Trust, who strive to alleviate poverty and promote education across Africa. As a retail speaker, Deborah aims to inspire and motivate audiences to follow in her footsteps whilst interacting constantly with audience members, making her an ideal conference host. Deborah first-hand experiences create an invaluable experience for all who are listening.

To book business speaker, Deborah Meaden to make a personal appearance at your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.

When at corporate events, Deborah is known to cover the following topics:

  • Retail & Business
  • Investment
  • Managerial Tactics
  • Corporate Turnaround
  • Entrepreneurial
  • Event & Conference Host

Get a taste for what Deborah is like at corporate events by listening to her speech for the Oxford Union, here: