Diane is the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and has held this post for the past 15 years.
Diane’s role is to advise and support the whole Service at a strategic level in promoting and raising awareness around Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. A significant amount of Diane’s work is delivered through research, development and production of relevant policies and procedures, partnership building all of which aim to delivery positive outcomes for staff and services users. As well as being a member of the Prevent and Protect management team, supporting all elements of the prevention agenda, Diane works to ensure that EDI is translated into a positive culture and not separate from any aspect of the Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s values and purpose.
Diane is the co-author of Smoke and Mirrors, she was awarded, ‘Most Influential Woman in Fire 2018’, held the position of AFSA Chair 2016-17, led on benchmarking of Equality and Diversity against the Fire and Rescue Service National Equality Framework, was an advisor to the development of the ‘Chief Fire Officer Association National Older Persons Strategy, advised CFOA on the impact of age, ethnicity and gender of the national firefighter fitness requirements, published ‘Findings of the Race for Education Project’ May 2001 – April 2002 and FACE – Forum for the Advancement of Continuing Education –organisation of lifelong learning – 2002 in relation to the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000.
Diane has an interest in international news and politics and therefore likes to keep well informed on world affairs. She has a particular interest in the way the world feeds itself around the production, distribution and consumption of food and an active curiosity about ‘world systems’ and social justice.