Debra, whose company Novacroft builds and develops the technology behind ticketing systems such as London’s Oyster cards, is one of the finalists of this year's NatWest everywoman awards.
The awards, which are in their tenth year and are supported by Financial Mail, champion women entrepreneurs who have overcome personal difficulties to achieve success.
Finalist Debra Charles, 50, was diagnosed with dyslexia as a child and starting a technology company was not the direction she expected to take in life.
But after her parents died in 1997, Debra set up Northampton-based Novacroft, which builds and develops the technology behind smart ticketing systems and ‘remote loading train tickets’ such as London’s Oyster cards.
She says: ‘After my parents died I realised life was too short not to just go for it and set up my own business. I now work with Transport For London and local authorities to deliver the online infrastructure for projects they are working on.’
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