Diana has recently retired from Salford City Council where she led the Neighbourhood Management Service. Salford achieved national recognition for engaging residents and a wide range of service providers in decision making to improve their neighbourhoods.
Previously Diana has worked in regeneration programs in Salford and Rochdale, promoting partnership work with residents to improve their areas. She has almost 40 years' experience of community development work which started in Salford but took her to Burnley, and Manchester. Much of this work has been with women; as residents and activists, as parents, and those experiencing physical and emotional abuse. Her work has helped to empower women, provide services which better meet their needs and enable them to play an active role in decision-making.
In her personal life she has played an active role in community and voluntary organisations in her own community. She has worked with other parents to establish and run activities which her own children have benefited from. She is currently active in a local group developing an innovative cohousing project for older people.
Although born in Scotland and brought up in the south of England she has lived all her adult life in Manchester. In retirement she lives with her partner and enjoys the diverse and vibrant culture of her home city. She supports a neighbourhood in Trafford which has Lottery funds to allocate to make it an even better place to live. She enjoys travel with her partner, walking, music and her garden and allotment, and spending time with her grown up children. There never seems to be enough time for all the opportunities life now offers.