Wishing Debi Hanson a very happy retirement!


Debi Hanson, Performance Manager for Hair and Barbering is retiring this week after 20 years working with Realise. We couldn’t let her go without taking a look back at her incredible journey and all of her achievements over the last two decades.

The noughties

Debi first joined the team in January 2001. She started on a temporary contract with the aim of completing an Assessor qualification, which in those days was known as a D32/D34. But it wasn’t long, June 2001 to be exact, before Debi was offered a full time position as an Assessor covering South Yorkshire. 

In 2003, Debi went on to do further training and gain a higher level assessor qualification (known as a D34). Which she then followed up with a V1 qualification in 2004, where she was one of the first in the country to pass!

2005 saw Debi being promoted to team leader. In this role she was responsible for managing six assessors across three offices in Sheffield, Rotherham and Chesterfield. The role included delivering qualifications in Retail, Customer Service, Business Admin, Warehousing and Key Skills.

It wasn’t long before Debi was promoted again in 2006. This time Debi took up a home based role as a Customer Service Quality Co-ordinator. Although the role was primarily home based, there was plenty of travel involved which saw Debi travelling from South Devon all the way up to the Scottish Borders!

2008 saw Debi return to office life, as she became Deputy Head of Sector based in Meadowhall, Sheffield. In this job, Debi was responsible for staff performance and target setting.

The twenty-ten’s 

But Debi didn’t stop there – in 2010 she began overseeing quality and HR, moving to the Europa View office, which remains the Realise head office to this day. 2010 was a busy year as the company underwent a major rebrand becoming ESG.

Debi see’s 2011 as a standout year where she “moved to the greatest sector of all” – hairdressing and barbering. Here she worked closely with the team to build a successful, profit making sector, covering Yorkshire, Humber, Derbyshire, East Midlands, West Midlands and at times, Debi also covered the South, North West and North East – all whilst having line management responsibility for a team of hair assessors.

In 2014, the company rebranded again following an acquisition by Interserve. At this point, Debi stepped in to the role of a Head of Sector for Hair and Barbering, a temporary position to cover maternity leave.

When this role finished, Debi moved into leading the beauty team. But soon returned to her beloved Hair, Barbering and Beauty team in 2018, becoming a Performance Manager, a role that she has held ever since.

Notable achievements

Throughout the past twenty years, Debi has so many achievements to celebrate, but she counts the following as her top achievements:

  • Developing and growing
  • Gaining motivation and support
  • Becoming a team player for the greater good
  • Devotion, loyalty and trust
  • Belief and faith

Debi believes that her lasting legacy is “the growth and development of those I’ve touched and the work family I’ve been part of.”

Amber Massey, Head of Sector and Debi’s Manager, said: “Debi has been a massive part of the team over the last 10 years. 

“She is really reliable, trustworthy and passionate. I have learnt a lot from Debi over the years and would never hesitate if I had to ask for help or support.

“Debi I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you have done, you will missed more than you will ever know and team won’t be the same without you.”


We’d like to wish you a very happy retirement Debi, from all your colleagues at Realise.

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