Deborah Rapkins: Director of People and Culture
Deborah joined the charity in June 2019, with over 25 years’ experience in senior Human Resources roles. She was previously an Independent HR Consultant and before that the Group Learning and Organisational Development Director with Costain Group plc.
Most of Deborah’s roles have been to support and implement change, both within the People team and the wider organisations. Her career has been notable for the number of different sectors that she has worked in; ranging from professional services and manufacturing, to engineering and retail. This has enabled her to bring that vast experience and network to her current role as Director of People and Culture at Woodgreen.
In her current role at Woodgreen, she is responsible for all people-centred matters and leads a directorate supporting 300 employees and nearly 1000 volunteers. She manages multiple areas including; Human Resources, Recruitment, Digital People Systems, Learning & Organisational Development, Wellbeing, Culture and the People Experience.
Deborah holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management, from the University of West London and is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), having previously studied at the Henley Business School.
Passionate about pets throughout her life, at home Deborah currently has four working Cockers (Cassie, Lou Lou, Skye and Prudence), two cats (Loki and Lily), chickens and a green tree python called Fluffy!