Diane Beresford

Deputy Chief Executive

Diane began her career with North Derbyshire Chamber in 1986 where she developed the East Midlands UK Online for Business service and set up the region's eBusiness Club, which offers a range of service to support businesses to use technology to improve business performance.

She left the Chamber in 2002 to set up her own company, DSA Ltd, which developed and managed a number of publicly-funded business support programmes across the region, working with organisations such as the East Midlands Development Agency (emda), Accelerate Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University.

Diane returned to the Chamber in 2012 and, in addition to her Deputy Chief Executive duties, she manages the Chamber's extensive publicly-funded business support portfolio including the D2N2 and Leicestershire Growth Hubs, Digital Growth Programme, UpScaler and the commercial business training offer.

Diane represents the Chamber on the following groups:

  • European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) Sub-Committees (for D2N2 and Leicestershire)

  • D2N2 LEP Growth Hub Board

  • Leicestershire Growth Hub Board

  • Leicestershire LEP People Board

  • D2 and N2 Skills and Employment Board

Diane lives in Holymoorside, Chesterfield, with her husband, son and two daughters.