Diana has extensive breadth and depth of experience across the Agriculture, Environment, Finance, and Health sectors from her career in the Australian Public Service, with 25 years’ experience as a Senior Executive.
Diana has successfully developed, implemented, managed and evaluated major government policy and programs in the areas of resource development, climate change and energy, hazardous substances, waste, the environment and science.
Diana’s has particular expertise in the delivery of major reforms through the establishment of strategic frameworks comprising legal, governance and policy instruments. This has been demonstrated in areas ranging from marine parks and waste management, to international treaties on hazardous substances. Diana led the major review of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975 and implemented all the reviews recommendations. She delivered the National Waste Policy endorsed by COAG, and the National Product Stewardship legislation that provided the legal underpinning for industry funded schemes.
Diana has a comprehensive understanding of international agreements. She has been responsible for ensuring Australia meets its obligations under international treaties on chemicals, hazardous substances and ozone depleting compounds through domestic legislation and actions. This included gaining agreement to Australia becoming a signatory to the Minamata Convention on Mercury.
She also has considerable base of scientific knowledge and expertise having been responsible for the implementation delivery and review of major science, research and grant programs on national environmental science, bioregional assessment of resource development, uranium mining and climate change.
Diana has a PhD in Applied Science from London University and is a Fellow Certified Practising Accountant.