Debbie-Edgar-DyslexiaDebbie Edgar is Managing Director of a multi-million dollar energy consultancy company, Dragon.

“I was diagnosed when I was 15. It was a new thing and schools were only just learning about it. Up until then teachers just thought you were a bit thick. I think I’m quite lucky in that I had a father and a mother who pushed me and believed in me. They told me not to listen to anyone who says you can’t do it. Every time someone told me I couldn’t do something I had to prove them wrong.

For me, dyslexia is a gift because you see things differently. We look at a lot of drawings and I never realised how difficult it can be for other people to understand them. I see things in a very visual way so it’s easy for me to spot anomalies. Life is about learning to play to your strengths…

I actually started as a graphic designer and web developer. I have dyslexia so it was the perfect job for me: you can see anomalies in code very easily. I was sharing an office with my dad and brother, so I started taking a few calls and doing some admin. Men can be very clever at passing that stuff over! But I liked knowing the details and understanding how everything works. I gradually took on more and more and then I became a part of the company. I’m good with running things..I had to learn a lot, but my tip is to bring in experts to fill the gaps in your knowledge…

What advice would you give to other women with dyslexia?

My main advice would be to use it as a gift. For example, I never have to write long sentences. I stick to bullet points to make my life easier, but it’s also clearer for everyone else.”

Read more: I was diagnosed with dyslexia and it’s a gift, not a curse.