Deborah Sawyerr is the Deputy Executive Director at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester. Previously I was the Executive Director at the Theatre Royal Stratford East, General Manager at the Bush Theatre and Executive Director at Talawa Theatre Company. Prior to Talawa, she was the Production Manager at Nottingham Playhouse and Palace Theatre Watford.


As a Talent Planning and Resourcing consultant, Deborah provides a bespoke recruitment experience for clients and candidates. Deborah has worked with a range of clients placing Trustees, Artistic and Executive Directors as well as members of Senior Management Teams.

Deborah has a range of experience in leading organisational change, developing processes and procedures, and HR management. She is an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). Deborah is also a Director of the Museum of Colour.

"I am delighted to be a trustee of PiPA as I am also passionate about ensuring parents in the arts are able to continue to build and maintain their careers in the sector."