Diane Lightfoot

Chief Executive Officer

Diane will took up the post of Chief Executive Officer at Business Disability Forum after moving from her role as Director of Policy and Communications for United Response, a leading national charity that works with disabled people.

During her 13 years at United Response, Diane greatly expanded the activities of her team beyond fundraising and communications to include campaigning, public affairs and lobbying, with a particular focus on promoting employment for disabled people.

Diane regularly attends events at the Department of Work and Pensions to help shape disability employment policy and is also co-chair of Learning Disability Voices, a coalition of not-for-profit and private providers, where her role involves lobbying government for the proper funding of social care.

Previously Diane has held responsibility for marketing and membership for the National Council of Voluntary Organisations and at the Pre-School Learning Alliance.