Debbie Hewitt is the Non-Executive Chairman of Visa Europe Limited, The Football Association, ComparetheMarket.com, and fashion retailer White Stuff Limited.
She has, in the past, also been a Non-Executive Chairman of Private Equity owned Evander Group and HPI Limited and listed businesses The Restaurant Group plc, Moss Bros Group plc and HR Owen plc. She has also held a number of Non-Executive Director roles across a variety of different sectors.
In her executive career, Debbie started as a management trainee with retailer Marks and Spencer plc and after working in a variety of different roles in the Motor Industry for Lex plc, she ultimately became the MD of RAC plc, a role that concluded in 2008, after the acquisition of RAC by Aviva. Debbie holds an MBA (distinction) from Bath University. She was awarded an MBE for services to Business and the Public Sector in the New Year Honours List in 2011 and in September 2021, was awarded Chartered Companion of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (Chartered CCIPD), recognising outstanding and distinguished service to the people profession. In July 2022 she was awarded the Honorary Degree Doctor of Business Administration by Nottingham Trent University, in recognition of her significant contribution to Business and the Public Sector.
She was the first female MD of RAC plc in its 125 year history and is the first female Chair of the Football Association in its 157 year history. In 2021, she was included in the Vogue 25 – British Vogue’s annual list of the UK’s most influential women.
She is married to Paul and has 13 year old twins, Eleanor and William.