Deptherapy welcomes new President

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Scuba diving rehabilitation charity, Deptherapy, is delighted to announce the appointment of its new President, Debra Lilley, from today, 1st April 2019.


Debra has over 30 years experience in the IT industry and is an Associate Director at Accenture, an Oracle ACE Director, Chartered Director and Fellow of the Institute of Directors. She has held several Non-Executive Director roles within the UK Oracle User Group including that of Chairman and President.

Debra is involved with a number of charities as a volunteer and is a long time supporter of the work of Deptherapy, having fundraised for the charity itself, as well as sponsoring individual Programme Members. 


A keen diver, Debra has achieved her Master Scuba Diver certification. She has a particular interest in UK citizen science initiatives with Seasearch and enjoys liveaboard diving. Having taken up the sport to celebrate her 50thbirthday, Debra now fits in diving as often as possible around her work commitments.

“I am honoured to accept the position of President for Deptherapy and Deptherapy Education. With a military family, I am also the proud mother of a serving Officer in the British Army. I came across Deptherapy a few years ago at a Dive Show and when listening to their story I was hooked. Although I’m relatively new to diving, the peace and tranquillity of being below the surface is priceless to me. I am hugely looking forward to being able to help facilitate that for our veterans who suffer physical and mental challenges.”

Debra Lilley

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Deptherapy and Deptherapy Education is an English charity since 2014 that aims to rehabilitate seriously injured UK Armed Services Personnel who have suffered life changing mental or physical injuries, through the medium of scuba diving. The charity also provides education in adaptive scuba diving techniques to dive professionals.

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