• Sarah Hanratty

    Deputy Chief Executive

    Portman Group

    Sarah is Deputy Chief Executive & Head of Corporate Affairs for the Portman Group which leads responsible alcohol standards for the UK. She is responsible for policy & strategy development, corporate communications & external affairs to promote social responsibility and leadership on CSR. She joined the Portman Group from leading the communications for the National Lottery Commission and international licence competition overseeing strategy, corporate communications, media and stakeholder relations. Sarah has worked at the heart of Government as Press Secretary to the Leader of the House of Lords and Strategic Communications Manager in the Cabinet Office. She is a member of the Guild of PR and Chartered Institute of Public Affairs and has recently been appointed as a Non Exec Director with the Royal Yachting Association. She describes herself as a sailor, bonne viveuse and gastro explorer and is delighted to announce she has recently mastered the art of dim sum which don’t fall apart.


Qualifying Round: Harrow 2015/16

DEBATE: Gentrification

Qualifying Round: Harrow 2015/16

DEBATE: Compulsory Vaccinations

Regional Final: London South 2014/15

DEBATE: Drugs Policy


Thursday 27 June:
Oxfordshire Championship at Oxford Union, in partnership with Magdalen College School and Oxford Festival of Arts

Friday 5 July:
North East Championship at Durham Sixth Form Centre


Find a list of all our previous championship events here.


Bernie Whelan, our DM coordinator, is raising money for Debating Matters. To stage one of our Championships for six to 12 teams costs £6,000. Find out more on Bernie’s Wonderful fundraising page.


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