"We were so grateful to have Deborah’s guiding hand and wisdom in recruiting a new CEO for YATI. Deborah’s deep knowledge of the industry enabled her to access excellent candidates and build a high calibre, well briefed and varied short list. She also gave us important guidance at key points in the process towards a successful outcome."
- Paul Cartwright, Chair of Trustees, Young Actors Theatre, Islington (YATI)."
"Working with Deborah was incredibly positive. Her insight and experience were really key in Wac Arts securing a wide range of excellent candidates for Director of Programmes."
- Karen Napier, Chief Executive, WAC Arts
"Deborah Sawyerr has offered me invaluable advice and support to help me reflect on what I have achieved in my career so far, how best to communicate this to others, and where I might go next on this journey. She has an astute understanding of the theatrical landscape which, when paired with her unbounded generosity, makes her a vital resource within this industry."
- Lizzie Vogler, Executive Producer ETT
"Working with Deborah was an absolute joy. She led two significant executive searches, one for the AD at Theatre Peckham and the other for the Director of Programmes at Wac Arts. In addition, she helped recruit six new board members. A priority in all our recruitment was to be wide reaching and inclusive, networking into and beyond our own communities and those already known to us. Deborah’s methodology delivered strong, dynamic candidates from different experiences and backgrounds and in both cases led to an excellent appointment. Throughout the process, she was professional, flexible and open, excellent at listening and, at the same time, encouraging us to challenge our assumptions. She went way beyond the spec in helping us to think about the right questions to ask, drafting job descriptions and ensuring the interviews themselves included opportunities for young people, parents, and staff to be involved.
I have no hesitation in recommending her and, in fact, do so all the time. "
- Siobhan Whitney Low,
Chair of Trustees, Theatre Peckham