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Debbie Francis
Business Woman of the Year Finalist

Debbie joined Direct Rail Services in July 2016 following a 3 ½ year term at Network Rail as the London North Western Route Finance and Commercial Director.

Debbie has 30 years of experience across a range of industries from IT to infrastructure maintenance to rail. She has also gained extensive experience throughout her career both in the UK and overseas in finance, systems, commercial, operations and business development.

Debbie has a 2:1 degree in Business Studies from Liverpool Polytechnic, an MBA from Manchester Business School, is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA) and has recently commenced a PhD with leadership and team performance at the heart of her research.

Debbie originally left school at the age of 16 with virtually no qualifications and took a rather circuitous route through education whilst continuing to build steadily on her business experience and career.

“I am passionate about business, diversity and equality, developing and promoting talent and all things ‘adventuring’,” says Debbie.

Debbie lives in Croft near Warrington; her business headquarters is in Carlisle and she has a large depot in Crewe and another in Motherwell.

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