March 2013
International Women’s Day keynote presentation for the launch of Sheffield Hallam women’s mentoring scheme led by SHU women professors. Also, presentation at London Metropolitan University Students’ Union to celebrate the achievement of women on IWD.

February 2013
OCAY – Older Citizens’ Advocacy York - designate Dianne as Patron to this significant service provider to the community of older people in York.

November 2012
Dianne thrilled to be awarded Honorary Doctorate by Sheffield Hallam University.

October 2012
Invitation from Bishop of Selby to chair St Helens “re-awakening“ group...a parish council project to bring a neglected York city centre church back into community service as sacred space for a secular age.

September 2012
Dianne joins the University of York Lifelong Learning Centre as Chair of the Advisory Group.

May 2012
Dianne secures a development project with the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education to explore the shifting agenda for University trustees in a climate of uncertainty.

March 2012
Keynote speech at the AHUA (Association of Heads of University Administrations Annual Meeting, U of York) addressing new challenges for University trustees.

February 2012
Dianne invited to join YOPA (York Older People’s Assembly) and designated Older People’s Champion.

January 2012
Keynote address to Institute of Education MBA postgraduates on Protecting University Reputation(s).

December 2012
Dianne appointed vice chair to Joseph Rowntree Foundation/Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust.

July 2011
Leadership Foundation for Higher Education appoints Dianne as Director to redesign and deliver their acclaimed Governor Development Programme.

July 2011
Leadership Foundation for Higher Education appoints Dianne as Director for Governor Development Programme.

June 2011
York 800 Chair – Dianne invited to lead diverse city leaders celebrating 800 years of the city’s Royal Charter.

September 2010
Dianne appointed Deputy Lieutenant for North Yorkshire – a role which supports the Lord Lieutenant, Lord Crathorne, as H.M. the Queen’s official representative in our County.

July 2010
New appointment for Dianne announced - to what is described as the renewal Governing Body at London Metropolitan University.

June 2010
Dianne elected Chair of York at Large – the cultural arm of Local Strategic Planning in the City of York.

April 2010
New appointment as Vice Chair of Rose Bruford College of Theatre and performance.

May 2010
Dianne starts a new role as Non Executive Director at York Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Welcome to the DW Leadership Consultancy website

Professor Dianne Willcocks, is an accomplished academic leader with a credible engagement portfolio in public services who has a first-class track record of successfully catalysing the growth and development of the modern university and shaping contemporary agenda in public life. 
Former Vice Chancellor at York St John University, she now provides advice and mentoring/coaching to assist other leaders towards excellence. Across the visual and performing arts, higher education and public policy arena, Dianne’s diverse and collaborative engagements have forged a distinctive reputation for leading change and modernisation in a climate of uncertainty.


Current engagements include:
Leadership Foundation for Higher Education
Director for Governor Development programmes
UK Resources Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology
Mentoring Senior Women Scientists for Public Body Trusteeship
York Older People’s Assembly
Patron OCAY: Older Citizens Advocacy York Dementia Action Alliance,
Yorkshire and the Humber
Museums Sheffield
Various Board positions

York Minster

Leadership Consultancy