Director of Operations and Business Development
FitzRoy has a strong tradition of person-centred support and our values are evident in all that we do. I have spent my whole career in the public sector working to give a louder voice to those marginalised within society – it is my motivation and passion – fuelled by a belief that society is richer as a result. As a teenager I volunteered in a school for children with learning disabilities and I am thrilled to be working with and for people who remind me every day that challenges produce bravery and creativity.
With a first degree in psychology, Diane started her career working in homelessness and mental health as a residential support worker and referrals officer for supported housing. She then moved into a variety of local policy and commissioning roles based in Public Health – and gained a Master’s degree in Social Policy. Moving to a national role with the National Treatment Agency she was part of the team that developed improvement reviews with the then Healthcare Commission for roll out across the NHS. After a few years at the National Audit Office, challenging central Government performance measurement practice, she returned to health and social care as the Director of Performance and Quality for a national mental health charity, working with them in a number of roles and leaving over five years later as the Group Director of Operations. She improved many internal systems and saw the organisation grow and develop significantly.