A former senior litigation partner with Linklaters LLP global law firm, Diana has spent the last ten years working in international development, access to justice and access to education. Diana has had a significant role in scrutinising the effectiveness of aid and development programming. She was one of the four founding Commissioners with the UK aid watchdog, the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI), the independent body which reports to Parliament. She was the Lead Commissioner on many of ICAI’s 46 reports published between 2011 and 2015. Between 2015 and 2017, she has been a Specialist Adviser to the International Development Committee in the UK Parliament which holds government to account for UK development expenditure.
She is also a trustee of Conciliation Resources (which focuses on peace building and conflict resolution); a member of the advisory board of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust; and a consultant on governance projects for Camfed International (which specialises in girls’ education in Sub-Saharan Africa).
Diana retired as a senior partner of Linklaters LLP in 2008 after 30 years as a litigator and regulatory investigations lawyer. She was Global Head of Regulatory Investigations and was the lead partner in many high profile investigations into fraud and corruption for multinational companies in the banking, financial services and industrial sectors. She was also a part-time judge sitting in the criminal courts for 11 years.
She was Chair of the Mary Ward Settlement which provides access to justice and education to Londoners through its free legal advice centre and adult education centre. She was a founder trustee of the Access to Justice Foundation.