Dianne was born in Cumbria and she spent her childhood in the north of England. Moving to Cardiff in 1985, she has spent most of her life living in Wales, is married to a Welshman and has two grown up Welsh children.
She worked as a solicitor for 20 years in local government, mostly in South Wales. After ten years as a director with South Glamorgan and Cardiff Councils, where alongside her duties as the Council’s senior lawyer, she also acted as returning officer for many elections, she was appointed as the Deputy Clerk of the then National Assembly for Wales, later becoming the Assembly’s Chief Operating Officer. In this role she worked with elected representatives from all parties to support the Assembly’s legislative work and its scrutiny of the Welsh Government.
Since her retirement from full time employment in 2012, Dianne has demonstrated her keen interest in representative democracy and local services, working with organisations including the Northern Ireland Assembly, the Hansard Society, the UK Honours Committee and Taff Housing Association. As an Associate with Global Partners Governance, which helps to develop effective democracies across the world, Dianne was part of a project which provided advice and training for the Parliament and Governorates of Jordan.
Her spare time is divided between travel, walking, rugby (supporting Cardiff and Wales), the family allotment and helping to care for her two grandsons.