Specialist Adviser to the International Development Committee, UK Parliament
Diana is now a specialist adviser to the International Development Committee in the UK Parliament. Their role is to scrutinise the policy and effectiveness of UK government aid spending (currently £12 billion per annum). This follows on from her work for the last four years as one of four Commissioners with the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI), the independent body which scrutinises and reports to Parliament on the effectiveness of the UK aid budget for intended beneficiaries and value for money for UK taxpayers. She was the Lead Commissioner on many of ICAI’s 46 reports to date including its report on Security and Justice. Her work in the international development sector has also included governance projects for Camfed which specialises in girls’ education in Sub-Saharan Africa, and membership of the advisory council of Advocates for International Aid.
She 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.
For the last 7 years she has been the Chair of the Mary Ward Settlement which runs both a free legal advice centre and an adult education centre. She was a part-time judge sitting in the criminal courts for 11 years and a founder trustee of the Access to Justice Foundation.
Diana is a member of the Consortium that organises the Seminar.