Currently Diane is a regular face on Songs of Praise (one of the BBC’s longest running programmes). At the start of her television career, Diane initially challenged boundaries by becoming the first black presenter on Blue Peter. Such was her popularity that when, six years later, Diane decided it was time to move on, the programme’s editor dedicated two complete shows to her departure – a first in the programme’s history and nearly a million people telephoned over two days voting for their favourite moments of Diane.
Diane’s other TV credits include Out & About, Bright Sparks, Grandstand (all BBC), Animal Tales and Dream Ticket (LWT). Her love of people and ability to think on her feet are qualities that have made her the right choice for ‘live’, high profile events such as the BBC’s Millennium Extravaganza, Music Live and Children in Need as well as hosting a number of live radio shows.
However, one soon begins to realise that ‘Presenter’ tells only a small part of the story. Diane is an accomplished speaker, often invited to speak at corporate conferences, workshops and high profile charity events. Such is her success that she has launched her own motivational company, Chronicle21, offering bespoke talks and training packages. Diane is able to bring innovative and thought provoking ideas that make a real difference both in the lives of individuals and companies. Diane is able to challenge and inspire audiences from every walk of life regardless of life experience or social background.
She has just finished writing a book entitled “How to Succeed as a Single Parent” due to be published later this year. As a seasoned actor, Diane has performed the length and breadth of the country and has graced both the small and big screen with appearances in Coronation Street and Mike Leigh’s High Hopes.
Diane devotes many tireless hours to her charities, all of which reflect issues close to her heart. She is a Vice President of NCH and Patron of many other organisations including The Oasis Trust, The Mildmay Aids Hospital and GOSH Jeans for Genes. Her wide reaching appeal was a deciding factor in Chancellor Gordon Brown’s invitation for her to sit on the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Committee - the only TV celebrity asked to do so. She is also very proud to be one of the trustees for the BBC’s long running and hugely successful Children In Need Appeal.
Diane’s underlying passion to encourage, motivate and inspire all people to “be the best they can possibly be” means that she seizes every opportunity to engage with all, young and old alike.
"Diane was a delight to work with. She was both engaging and interesting. We would definitly recommend her to other schools." Charlotte Saldanha, Woldingham School