Who Leads the Digital Skills Authority?


Digital Skills Authority was founded by British educational and business leader Deborah Collier in 2016, rebranding from The Certificate in Online Business (our first series of programs), to Digital Skills Authority in 2020. Deborah who is President & Chief Marketing Information Officer, established and expanded this suite of certifications over a 12-year period, gaining testimonials from leaders and teams at well-known global organisations and brands, as well as government organisations around the globe. In 2015, she built a pilot online educational membership network of over 100,000 business leaders, department heads, teams and professionals.  She had also built a 200K newsletter following during to 2007 - 2016, featuring her articles about digital business, e-government, commerce and marketing.


In 2016 she developed a global network of partners, and led the production of over 30-hours of digital interactive educational content, transforming from the premium classroom consultative certification programs. This event was closely followed by Michel Koch joining as VP Europe & Latin America (previously Chief Marketing Officer and E-Commerce Director at Time Inc., as well as several senior executive positions with international B2C and B2B multichannel companies including Bertelsmann, Manutan, Quelle, Conrad, Camaïeu, Marks & Spencer, and Maplin).

Deborah Collier M.Sc. FRSA
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President & Founder, Chief Information & Marketing Officer, Deborah Collier is a high-impacting business and educational leader with over 20-years experience.

Globally renowned for strategy, digital business, innovation and skills education, Deborah's early career started in the 90's at the UK Ministry of Defence, as one of the first women in IT.  Her combined analytic and creative acumen, later led her toward Web, Commerce and Marketing, which resulted in a consultative management role at PriceWaterhouseCoopers 2002-2004. She then commenced developing and selling digital and physical products and services online, using cutting-edge technologies such as early mobile commerce. As a strategic leader and creator, she has found her vocation working across media (TV / Film / Publishing) and education. A published author, Listed 2016 in Richtopia's 'Top 100 Most Influential Chief Marketing Officers in the World' and a member of Mensa, she has trained and advised start-ups, as well as leaders and teams from government ministries and organisations, and well-known blue-chip companies around the globe on e-government, business strategy, digital business, e-commerce and marketing.

Deborah has 18-years company Director experience to group CEO level, and she is currently on the board of directors of a leading UK government-funded apprenticeships organisation, where she advises on strategy & policy-making, provides scrutiny on executive decision-making and supports good governance. She is also an Executive Producer TV / Film, working on a small selection of high-end productions, and is an invited Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

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New Board and Transformation

In 2020, as part of our global transformation we have:

  • Relaunched under our new name 'Digital Skills Authority'

  • Expanded our range of programs

  • Commenced planning of new suites of programs to support future jobs

  • Commenced development of an industry global board of blend leaders from the Tech Giants, Media, Government, Education and Industry, attracting applicants for (part-time Executive & Non-Executive Directors positions) from boards at organisations such as Amazon, Deloitte, Sony and more.


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