Deborah Ashby

Deborah Ashby

Microsoft MVP and Trainer

  • Awards & achievements:

    • Microsoft MVP
    • TAP Accredited: Delivery Skills
    • TAP Accredited: Facilitation Skills
    • TAP Accredited: Coaching
    • TAP Accredited: Blended Learning
    • TAP Accredited: E-Learning Design
    • COLF Accredited: Online Learning and Facilitation
    • Member of the British Institute of Learning and Development


Deborah is a Microsoft MVP and TAP Accredited Microsoft Instructor and Content Creator specializing in the design and development of online training courses and video content.

Since the mid-1990s, she has been involved in the IT industry starting her career on an IT Helpdesk for an airline at the tender age of 16. This sparked a passion for travel and in 1997, she left the U.K. and moved to Melbourne, Australia where she furthered her career as an Operations Analyst and programmer. 

Deborah returned to the U.K. in 2006 to work in the legal sector in London providing high-level, Microsoft, and bespoke legal application support to fee earners, partners, and paralegals. Since then, Deborah has worked as an IT Trainer at Norton Rose Fulbright, a global law firm based in London, and as a contractor for Microsoft administering Office 365 courses to clients such as U.K. Parliament, the Cabinet Office, The Metropolitan Police, HMRC, and SKY. 

In 2016, she joined a young tech startup in Shoreditch, East London. Her role was to create video-led Microsoft training content to be delivered to B2C and B2B customers through a new learning recommendations system. This allowed Deborah to broaden her skillset and learn the art of video production and video editing. 

In 2019, Deborah went freelance and started her own company, Train I.T Now Limited. She focuses on creating video-led, Microsoft training courses for clients. She also hosts webinars and live events and produces blog posts. In 2022, Deborah launched her brand ‘CellMates Training’ and has been providing free training content on platforms such as TikTok and Instagram, amassing a following of over 150,000 people.

Deborah’s mantra is ‘making the complicated, simple for all’ and her driving motivation is to help people all over the world gain the skills they need to progress in their career, get that promotion, or pass that exam. 

In her free time, Deborah is an avid runner taking part in running events across London. She also loves to weight-train at the gym, swim and travel to unconventional places, most recently to Chernobyl, Jordan, and Myanmar. She resides in London U.K. with her boyfriend and Italian Greyhound, Tilly.