Debbie Buffini chairs the Buffini Chao Foundation, a family philanthropic foundation which she and her husband Sir Damon established in 2005 to support education and opportunities for children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Debbie enjoys liaising closely with the chosen charities and enjoys visiting the projects in action. Charities supported include those which seek to raise aspiration in education and those that open the door to music, dance, theatre and sport.

Debbie is also on the Board of Eastside Young Leaders Academy, a charity based in Newham, East London, which nurtures and develops the leadership potential of BAME girls and boys including those at risk of exclusion from school.

Prior to this, Debbie practised as a solicitor in shipping finance, working in London and the US, having qualified both in England and at the New York State Bar.