Debra Coady
Debra Coady
Legal Director & General Counsel
Softcat

Debra joined Softcat in the summer of 2018 to head up the legal team and was promoted to Legal Director in August 2020. She is passionate about ensuring that Softcat Legal is not seen as a sale prevention function but instead has an excellent reputation for providing pragmatic and commercial legal advice to support the growth and development of the business.

Debra has spent the majority of her legal career working in the IT sector, having previously worked in private practice firms and other in-house roles (The Co-operative Bank plc and The Co-operative Group). She also has a particular interest in data protection law.

She is a firm believer in the benefits of better diversity and inclusion within both the legal profession and the IT sector and is involved in a number of Softcat’s D&I networks, including Softcat’s Women in Business mentoring scheme. Debra enjoys helping people with their personal and career development and is also a mentor outside of work.

Additionally, she is a parent governor at her son’s school. She has a keen interest in education and politics and relies on podcasts, pilates and walking (and her son’s Lego!) for distraction and relaxation.