My Work

Dianne successfully championed the development of York St John University from a modest two-site traditional teacher-education college, to become by 2010 a thriving University with a turnover of £40M and a student population of 6K. Working with Governors, staff and students she led a modernisation agenda which involved sound judgement in the shift to one campus in York; mobilising collective will and activity towards achieving university status; and a re-invention of estate through new-build and refurbishment, giving visibility to a new and distinctive identity – building partnerships and relocating traditional strengths within inspirational new learning spaces and new learning programmes.


At the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education from 2011 to 2014 Dianne revitalised the Governor Development Programme to strengthen partnerships with the Chairs of University Councils and with NUS; and to address contemporary challenges in university governance.


A particularly rewarding part of Dianne’s current agenda is successfully advising and mentoring junior and mid-career women (and men) to raise levels of ambition and achieve their potential.

Internationally she has fostered engagement with developing countries; she continues to observe cross cultural responses to an ageing society; and she has developed rich links with Japanese universities and communities.