Deborah Williams OBE

Deborah Williams (1)

Chief Executive, Creative Diversity Network 

Deborah has 30 years of experience in television, film and theatre and policy development across the wider creative and cultural industries. In 2022 she was awarded an OBE for services to Diversity in the Arts and Creative Industries. In 2023 she received the ‘Behind The Scenes Impact’ award from Diversify TV Awards at MIPCOM and she is a three-time power lister of The Shaw Trust Disability Power 100. 

Since joining Creative Diversity Network (CDN) in 2016, Deborah Williams has led the UK broadcasting industry charge to bring disability to the diversity conversation. She has introduced greater accountability by developing Diamond, CDN’s world-leading diversity data monitoring which reports annually on the diversity picture in the broadcasting industry. In 2019 she introduced CDN’s ‘Doubling Disability’ programme which is inspiring change not just in the UK but in Hollywood, Germany and Australia.