Head of Innovation, Bruntwood SciTech - Leeds
Associate - Leeds Beckett University
Co-Founder - WILD
Board - Leeds Digital Festival/ Leeds City Council Digital /Leeds.Tech
Steering group - Leeds BID / LEP Innovation team
Deb Hetherington is an award winning facilitator of business support and growth consultancy with over 10 years experience supporting startup and scaling businesses. As Head of Innovation for Bruntwood SciTech in Leeds she oversees the design and delivery of innovation services and business support to a wide range of disruptive digital and tech startups and scale ups at the city’s ‘home of tech’ Platform, including its dedicated Tech Hub.
Deb has a particular interest in Data & AI led innovation, and the potential implications these rapidly advancing technologies are likely to have on both business and society alike. She is an Associate at Leeds Beckett University and plays an integral role in connecting young businesses with knowledge transfer based innovation filtered through academic institutions. Deb is also one of the Directors of Leeds Digital Festival, an open platform tech event based in Leeds with thousands of attendees from across the globe both virtually and physically. The Festival is in its 7th year and is the largest tech event outside of London.
Deb’s passion for diversity within the digital space resulted in co-founding the community led organisation WILD, which aims to educate and encourage more diverse groups into digital roles to ensure the digital workforce is truly representative of society.