Emeritus Professor and former Vice Chancellor at York St John University, Dianne served for 9 years as Vice Chair of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. In the City of York, she has chaired the York Theatre Royal Trust and is a champion for the arts and the creative-digital sector through York Museums Trust and York Mediale. Professor Willcocks is Chair of the Yorkshire charity, Wilf Ward Family Trust.
An arch-networker, 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.
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. She links to the care of elders with learning disability through the Wilf Ward Family Trust and is a patron for OCAY which provides advocacy for elders. The York Older People’s Assembly designated Dianne “Older People’s Champion.”
Professor Willcocks is a champion for the arts and creative-digital sector through York Museums Trust and York Mediale