Diane is a solicitor specialising in town planning and regulatory law. She was born and grew up close to the KCOM stadium and was educated at West Hull schools including the Paisley Primary School in the neighbourhood of the Tigers Trust Arena.

During her first career with the civil service she studied part time over 5 years for a law degree at the University of Hull.

She trained and qualified into planning law with Eversheds Sutherland and after several years in Leeds returned to the East Riding to practice in local government.

Her dad, a Hull trawler fisherman, couldn't get to many matches himself, so bought her a season ticket for the Tigers when she was 11 years old with strict instructions to shout loud for him at Boothferry Park. She has followed the team ever since.

Outside of the law, she enjoys walking everywhere but especially the Lake District and Scotland and skiing in the French Alps and the Italian Dolomites.

She became a Trustee because she believes in creating opportunities and well being for all through the power of sport and learning :-

"I love my hometown and have tons I feel I need to give back to it. I was fortunate to have a fantastic education in what was then a hard working but poor community facing many challenges. Today, new, and very different, educational, social and economic challenges are all around us in the city of Hull and its surrounding communities. If you can help to change one child's or one person's life , or expectations for the better, its a job well done . I see this all the time with our Trust's first class team of multi skilled super committed players. I was a `dragon' for the Dragons Den events on the 2019 NCS programme. I was blown away by the hard work and focus of our team and the sheer joy the programme gave to our NCS students. To watch those young people develop skills which will stay with them for life is hugely rewarding."