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Mrs Debbie Ironside-Smith

SSI Administrator

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+44 (0) 1392 72 480

 I am the Administrator and Executive Assistant for General (Retd) Professor Sir Paul Newton, Director of the Strategy and Security Institute (SSI), providing administrative support for the Director, academics and students, as well as being the first point of contact for Ministry of Defence (MOD) short course delegates.

My main focus is to assist the academic staff with the MStrat programme, organising and attending Field Trips in Brussels and Bosnia as well as two London Conferences.  I am responsible for the MOD short courses which are held on campus throughout the year, as well as the day to day running of the Knightley Conference venue.

I previously worked at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham and in 1991, worked on their inaugural opening and a variety of other conferences, exhibitions and concerts during my time there.  In 2002 I moved to Devon to support my husband's business and to bring up three energetic boys, I can safely say I've not been a 'Lady of Leisure'!

Somehow I still find time to enjoy shooting, cycle touring, attend festivals and go for a spin on my motorbike.