Diana joined the University of Southampton in 2003 to support research and innovation. She is responsible for the teams that support our business and industry collaboration; consultancy; IP management and commercialisation; business incubation and acceleration as well as a number of impact funding programmes. Diana started her career as a barrister with a civil practice before moving in-house to a high tech start-up. She has experience of a number of industry sectors including health and pharmaceutical, aerospace and defence, and IT. She has lead on a number of industry/university collaborative initiatives, has extensive experience of cross border and international collaborations including structuring for major programmes and for multi-party involvement, and considerable experience dealing with IP, high tech start-ups and investment deals. Diana is a director on Curve Therapeutics Ltd (a University spinout), Southampton Asset Management Ltd, Southampton Innovations Ltd, University of Southampton Holdings Limited, ECS Partners Limited, and SETsquared Limited. Diana, a keen sailor, is also a Trustee of Sail Training International a Portsmouth based charity which fosters international friendship and understanding, supporting the development and education of young people through the sail training experience.