Diane has taken a leading role in developing a successful social care research programme and has an excellent record of accomplishment, attracting research grants totalling over £7 million. Diane has led a successful carer research programme and has an established reputation for completing policy relevant research that has impact. She has led reviews of national policy implementation, including evaluations of the National Carers Strategies in England for the Department of Health and in Wales for the Welsh Government.
Diane is a member of the Welsh Government Ministerial Advisory Group on Carers. She has acted as a Specialist Advisor on Domiciliary Care to the Welsh Affairs Select Committee, House of Commons.
Diane contributes to the development and delivery of the Welsh Government’s Research Infrastructure Support System. As Co-Investigator and Social Care Research Lead for the Wales Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research, she leads initiatives to better integrate research, policy and practice. Working collaboratively with the Alternative Futures Organisation, Diane is the Lead Academic taking forward a Social Care Research Innovations Lab, to provide virtual and pop-up spaces that support research development and knowledge exchange. She is an Advisory Group Member, Wales School for Social Care Research, advising on the strategic direction of the School, and member of the School’s PhD Fellowship Committee. Diane is a panel member for the Welsh Government’s Social Care Research Grants and Fellowship Committees. She has been actively involved in developing opportunities for social care managers and practitioners to undertake applied social care research and recruiting doctoral students to Wales.