As founder and CEO of Forensic Pathways, Deb Leary OBE is responsible for the strategic direction of FPL. She is the inventor of the transparent Anti-contamination Stepping Plate for the crime scene market for which she was awarded British Female Inventor of the Year. Leary is a global speaker and mentor on business build/start-ups, entrepreneurship, global trade, innovation, Personal Branding, Networking, CSR, and R&D. Involved at a strategic level in a multitude of organisations including Export Champion – Midlands Engine – Dept for International Trade, Executive Committee Member Greater Birmingham Commonwealth Chamber of Commerce, Director-United Nations UK Global Compact, and Member All Parliamentary Party Group on Women & Enterprise.
Leary’s achievements have not left her short of recognition for her work, including an Honorary Doctorate from Birmingham City University with the Birmingham City University creating the Deborah Leary Award for English in the Wider World. In recognition for her commitment to entrepreneurship Leary was awarded an O.B.E. in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2008. Other awards have included the Joyce Award 2009, for commitment to the British Association of Women Entrepreneurs, FCEM International Woman Entrepreneur of the Year 2007/8, European Woman of Achievement 2006 and British Female Inventor of the Year 2005.