Debra has a BSc(Hons) in Materials Science and a PhD in Engineering. She is the Defence and Security Accelerator's (DASA) Innovation Partner in Scotland. Prior to joining DASA, she was employed by the Ministry of Defence (Stores and Clothing Research and Development Establishment), Imperial College (Department of Mechanical Engineering), The University of Otago (Clothing and Textile Sciences) and Cranfield University at the Defence Academy (Impact and Armour Group). Debra is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences. In 2012, she was a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellow in Forensic Textile Science. As a result of her Fellowship, Debra published 'Forensic Textile Science' in 2017 (https://www.sciencedirect.com/book/9780081018729/forensic-textile-science).