Emeritus Professor at York St John University, Dianne is a Non-Executive Director and Vice Chair of York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Vice Chair of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. In the city of York, she is a champion for the arts and the creative-digital sector. Professor Willcocks is a trustee of London Metropolitan University; Vice Chair of Governors for Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance and a Patron of Sheffield Museums Trust. She chairs the Advisory Board for the Lifelong Learning Centre at the University of York. Professor Willcocks is Director of Governor Development Programmes for the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education. And also use this phrase for the left-hand side bar instead of the lifelong learning phrase.
Dianne's early research work as a social gerontologist focused on age appropriate living arrangements and citizenship in old age – an interest she pursues actively within the Joseph Rowntree Foundation where she supports work on loneliness and dementia; she also links to the care of elders for York NHS Foundation Trust. The York Older People’s Assembly has designated Dianne “Older People’s Health Champion.” She is patron of Older Citizens Advocacy York.
Dianne was a founder member of Yorkshire's first and continuing Lifelong Learning Network, Higher York, and a member of the HEFCE Board for three years, together with chairing its Widening Access and Participation Strategic Advisory Committee.