Our Team

Social development specialists with decades of
International development sector experience

Our Team


Debbie Beadle

Senior Technical Specialist

Debbie Beadle joined SDDirect in Jan 2020 and as a senior technical specialist working on our safeguarding portfolio.  Debbie has over 20 years of experience working in child protection and safeguarding in the UK and Internationally and has received multiple awards for her work with children and youth. Debbie is a skilled leader and has experience in managing an organization and diverse projects and teams. An expert in child exploitation, Debbie has a wealth of experience working directly with children and young people, advocacy and case management. Debbie is a skilled trainer and has developed numerous safeguarding training programs including training of trainers and eLearning packages both in the UK and Internationally for front line practitioners, businesses and the travel and tourism sector.  Debbie has lead research and projects focused on modern slavery and migrant journeys to the UK. Debbie has led child protection audits of Local Authorities in the UK and served as an expert witness in court settings. She has an MA in Theatre and Media for International Development and a MA in Play Therapy. Debbie is a qualified child therapist.

In her spare time Debbie likes to take on extreme challenges. She gained two world record leading the first female team of five to row across the Atlantic to raise funds and awareness of human trafficking.