December 2021

Trustee YOPA: York Older People’s Assembly

Spring 2021

Invited to join York Herstory website: describes 100 women who have shaped social and cultural life in the city across the 20th and 21st centuries

December 2019

Received Honorary Doctorate, London Metropolitan University

December 2018

Appointed to Board of Wilf Ward Family Trust serving adults with learning disability across Yorkshire – appointed Chair, April 2019

November 2018

Received Honorary Doctorate, York St John University

October 2018

Appointed to York Museums Trust Board; subsequently appointed Vice Chair, September 2019

July 2017

CoY invitation to oversee development of the inaugural York Mediale Festival – York’s expression of UNESCO designated status: City of Media Arts

May 2016

Invitation to join the Board of DCMS-sponsored Great Exhibition of the North – delivered in Newcastle, Summer 2018

November 2014

Received Honorary Doctorate, Sheffield Hallem University

May 2013

Dianne is founding member of York Dementia Action Alliance

March 2012

Keynote speech at the AHUA (Association of Heads of University Administrations Annual Meeting, U of York) addressing new challenges for University trustees

February 2012

Dianne invited to join YOPA (York Older People’s Assembly) and designated Older People’s Champion

December 2012

Dianne appointed vice chair to Joseph Rowntree Foundation/Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust

June 2011

York 800 Chair – Dianne invited to lead diverse city leaders celebrating 800 years of the city’s Royal Charter

September 2010

Dianne appointed Deputy Lieutenant for North Yorkshire – a role which supports the Lord Lieutenant, currently, Jo Ropner, as H.M. the Queen’s official representative in our County.

July 2010

New appointment for Dianne announced - to what is described as the renewal Governing Body at London Metropolitan University

June 2010

Dianne elected Chair of York at Large – the cultural arm of Local Strategic Planning in the City of York

April 2010

New appointment as Vice Chair of Rose Bruford College of Theatre and performance

May 2010

Dianne starts a new role as Non Executive Director at York Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Professor Willcocks was a founder member of Yorkshire’s first and continuing Lifelong Learning Network, Higher York.