Debra Searle

Business Founder, Professional Adventurer, TV Presenter & World Championship Gold Medallist

  • Founder of MIX Diversity Developers, Shoal Projects Ltd, Your Speaking Career, The Well Hung Art Company & Brave Girl Media
  • Trustee of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
  • TV Presenter for the BBC
  • Claimed gold, silver and bronze in the Dragon Boat Racing World Championships
  • Competed in the 2001-02 Ward Evans Atlantic Rowing Challenge- reaching Barbados after 111 days at sea

Discover [post:title]’s biography of published work below.

Rowing it Alone Debra Searle
Rowing it Alone
The Journey Debra Searle
The Journey: How to Achieve Against the Odds

When [post:title] is booked for events, they are known to discuss the following speaking topics:

Choose Your Attitude!
Strategies for Not Just Coping but Excelling During Periods of Change
Personal Motivation & Productivity
Teamwork & Positive Relationships
Achieving Seemingly Impossible Goals
Personal Performance When Under Pressure

Debra Searle is widely known as an adventurer, businesswoman and TV presenter, who competed in the Ward Evans Atlantic Rowing Challenge– sailing from Tenerife to Barbados across the Atlantic Ocean alone after her husband was rescued, spending over 3 months at sea. Also a founding member of The Business Women’s Network Forum, Debra is now booked as a female motivational speaker to share stories of her solo adventure along with topics of excelling during periods of change, positive relationships, personal performance and choosing your attitude.

A successful businesswoman, Debra is the founder of Brave Girl Media, Shoal Projects Ltd, The Well Hung Art Company, Your Speaking Career and MIX Diversity Developers. Currently, Debra is working as the Head of Consultancy for MIX Diversity Developers, challenging organisations to take on new approaches to workplace diversity and inclusion. Focussing on unconscious bias, diversity, cultural change and inclusion, Debra also led the LeasePlan Women’s Atlantic Arctic Challenge. Also the CEO of Shoal Projects Ltd, Debra created this company to support her passion for adventure.

Other prominent roles of Debra’s include being a Trustee of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and a TV presenter for the BBC. She has formerly presented the likes of Grandstand and Big Strong Boys and Builders, Swear and Tears- amongst 40 other programmes. Debra has also claimed gold, silver and bronze in the Dragon Boat Racing World Championships and been recognised by the Queen with the appointment of MBE and MVO. She has also been nominated for the European Inspirational Role Model and Diversity Champion of the Year Award 2015 and the National Positive Role Model of the Year.

Now booked as a female motivational speaker, Debra shares her expertise as an adventurer and businesswoman, empowering other women to follow in her footsteps. Passionate about abolishing gender stereotypes, Debra encourages women in top positions to advocate gender balance in the workplace and regularly speaks at International Women’s Day events. Also passionate about provoking conversations that challenge unconscious bias, Debra Searle is a fantastic female motivational speaker guaranteed to empower women and break stereotypes.

Official Testimonials

Debra Searle is regularly booked to engage audiences at events, read their latest feedback below:

“Debra clearly had a massive impact as people are still talking about it! The best thing about the event? Two words: Debra Searle. We’ve never had feedback like it for a speaker”


“I work with a very multi-cultural group (26 nationalities), this story resonates whatever your background. Debra was an inspirational story and a great role model particularly for women in our team”

Johnson & Johnson

“Debra spoke to the audience in a way that captivated them, relating her journey to our business. Absolutely everyone was energised and enthusiastic about what they had heard and what this can mean for them”


“What an outstanding job! The feedback on your session has been incredible. I think the note sent to me by our Global Head of Customer Success sums it up best… ‘She is amazing and this is so the most unbelievably timely presentation ever!!!!’.”

Seth, Global Head of Sales Enablement, Data & Analytics, London Stock Exchange Group

To enquire about Debra Searle for your event or corporate function, simply contact us via or call a booking agent on 0203 9158 282.