Debbie Akehurst

Chief Executive, Central District Alliance and Hatton Gardens BIDs


Debbie Akehurst is the Chief Executive for Central District Alliance and Hatton Garden BIDs, working across the public, private and third sectors. Debbie has years of experience of working in property, regeneration and economic development, including 7 years as Head of Economy at Landsec.

Developing partnerships and bringing people and sectors together to deliver better outcomes is invaluable to the businesses and stakeholders of both BIDs. Creating social value and enhancing the communities she serves sits at the heart of Debbie’s approach and she specialises in working with businesses to help them develop strategies to support the communities in which they operate.

Debbie is currently Chair of the London Skills Improvement Plan (LSIP) Board supporting the development of the LSIP, advising on strategy, priorities and approach. She is also an Ambassador the London Apprenticeship Ambassador Network. Debbie was a Commissioner for Business LDNs Place Commission Report. She has previously sat on the Mayor of London’s Skills Board and MOPAC Board. She was awarded an Outstanding Achievement of the Year Award by the UK Social Mobility Commission Awards for her work on Social Value and Justice.

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