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Deborah Benson

Board Member

Deborah is a fundraising and communications specialist. During an almost twenty year career in the non-profit sector, she has raised millions for arts, education and social justice causes, assisting organisations in the UK and internationally to engage support and generate vital new income. She is currently Head of Development for an arts education charity that supports aspiring young writers in under-resourced communities. 

Deborah is originally from Salford, via a decade in London. After visiting Brighton regularly over many years, she moved here permanently in 2015, drawn by the city’s unique character and vibrant culture. The Fringe has long been a highlight of her cultural year.  

On joining the board:

“I’ve always loved the buzz of Brighton during Fringe month. So many shows and events over the years have entertained, educated, challenged, surprised or moved me — often quite unexpectedly — and I’ve discovered talented artists and performers whose work I continued to seek out. Brighton Fringe is both a valuable platform for participants and an important contributor to the rich cultural offer of the city. I’m thrilled to become more involved as a trustee and I’m keen to help develop the Fringe and safeguard its long-term future.”

How do you hope to impact Brighton Fringe going forward?

“I hope by contributing my expertise in fundraising, communications and strategy, I can support the hardworking and dedicated Fringe team, alongside my fellow trustees, to deliver a rich, diverse and thriving annual festival with an exciting, sustainable future.“


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