Meet Debbie MilesRegional Director
Debbie is Regional Director for West Berkshire , and currently manages several groups in the area encompassing, Hungerford, Newbury and Thatcham. She discovered the power of networking in 2008 and was committed to helping others realise the benefits, from that moment on.
After qualifying as a Management Accountant while working for the John Lewis Partnership, Debbie worked in a variety of financial roles for companies such as Price Waterhouse , IBM and HP. While at IBM she qualified in Sales, and then moved into Marketing in Hewlett-Packard, where she worked in a variety of roles for over 17 years. While at HP Debbie focussed on the Financial Services Industry, in international marketing. Debbie left corporate life to focus on her Athena role, as she wanted to become more involved with supporting and working with women in small and medium sized businesses. Following her qualification as an NLP practitioner she developed further, her skills as a business coach, so in addition to her role as RD for West Berks Athena Network offers 1 to 1 coaching and business skills workshops to Athena members and visitors.
Debbie believes that Athena offers great inspiration and support to the women that join. The women have such courage, knowledge and experience, it would be such a waste if they weren’t to share and learn from each other. She has witnessed the camaraderie and cooperation that has developed between the women in the groups, and the improved confidence that members develop from this support and the opportunities to present and talk about their business.
Debbie has a daughter aged 24 working in Marketing in London and a son aged 18 who is studying Construction and Engineering. She loves to travel and in the past did voluntary work abroad, which inspired her to become a TEFL teacher in her spare time. Debbie also likes to play badminton, tennis, and dance Ceroc, also to sail off the South coast in Dorset.