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Debra Schaefer

Founding Director

Debra started her creative recruitment career via a global creative specialist in Washington DC back in 1999. Prior to recruitment, she satisfied her creative yearn treading the boards in Washington DC and New York and eventually theatre seemed a natural transition into creative recruitment...Debra soon fell in love with it!

Not long after, Debra returned to the UK and opened a new creative recruitment market in the Thames Valley, eventually deciding to open Profiles Creative in 2002. She aimed to offer a comprehensive recruitment experience, freelance and perm, across the full trilogy of creative recruitment - marketing, PR and design - and she’s been the heart and soul of the brand ever since.

Jen and Debra collaborated together for years at Profiles, and in 2013 Jen took over the day to day business of Profiles Creative, continuing to grow it from strength to strength. Whilst Debra might be busy at times playing with her own pooch, Lulla, she is always on hand in the wings and her personality still permeates throughout the business.

Since I took over the reigns as MD in 2012, Debra has been unwavering in offering me and my team the opportunity to drive the business to new heights of success. Board meeting, strategy session or celebratory dinner with the team - Debra's unquashable entrepreneurial zest resonates consistently through the brand. Wow, what a mentor!

Jen, MD, Profiles Creative
Debra Schaefer, Founding Director, Profiles Creative