Di is an expert strategic leader and change manager with 40 years experience in the public service sector. She had an outstanding career as a school head before joining the Training and Development Agency to implement key national reforms across the South East of England.

As Founder Head at the Admiral Lord Nelson School in Portsmouth, she created an award winning, dynamic ICT rich learning environment which was used as a blueprint for new schools. She is an outstanding leader (OFSTED) with an excellent track record of raising standards, coaching and mentoring aspiring new headteachers and those in schools facing challenging circumstances. Dianne has advised and supported Government at national, regional and local level on workforce reform to tackle standards and raise achievement focusing on professional development, performance management and the Change for Children agenda particularly in the delivery of Extended Services in and around schools.

Dianne also works as a senior education advisor for a number of organisations, including the Virtual Staff College as  project manager for the Succession Planning and Leadership Development Program and training and developing over 200 public service senior officers from Children’s Services, Health and the Voluntary sector for 19 Local Authorities.