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Sustainability Leadership for the Built Environment (IDBE)

Part-time Master's and Postgraduate Certificate courses from the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

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Deb Thomas

Deb Thomas

Industry Panel Member


Deb Thomas is a Director at Arup where she has worked since graduating in 1988 from the University of Sheffield with a degree in Civil and Structural Engineering. She is an Alumni of the IDBE course having been part of both Cohort 1 & 2.  She currently works part time to achieve a good balance between work and family life.

She has been involved with a wide range of projects, both in the UK and overseas, with a number of internationally respected architectural practices.  For the first 10 years of her career she worked predominantly on projects with Fosters including the ITN Headquarters in London,  Commerzbank in Frankfurt and Citibank at Canary Wharf. Her favourite project is the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas with Renzo Piano.  Two of her projects have featured in the Johnny English films: Citibank and the Walbrook.  She is currently working extensively on the award winning King’s Cross Central site where she has developed a particular interest in projects around the historic Gasworks Tunnels running out of King’s Cross Station.

Deb is interested in education at all stages (she has two sons currently aged 3 & 12) and has a track record in the delivery of buildings for the education sector including schools, colleges, universities and libraries, often working for contractors.  She has acted as a coach for a number of colleagues at Arup.  Outside work she is a Governor at the newly formed UCL Academy in London and is also on the Board of Camden Town Unlimited, the group that is working to support creative and other businesses in Camden Town.

CISL is monitoring the Covid-19 situation and responding accordingly to UK Government and WHO advice. We will deliver our 2021 Graduate workshops on the dates advertised, be that in-person, online or a combination of the two. We are well equipped to deliver dynamic and engaging workshops in all these formats, as the situation demands.


Becky Stanley, Senior Project Manager