Diane Lawson, Chief Executive Officer

Diane has over 25 years’ experience as an executive in the non-profit, health and social care sectors in Australia, England and the Middle East. With qualifications at degree and masters level in nursing, women’s studies and human resource development, Diane has led the development of an extensive range of highly credible evidence-based policies, products and services to build workforce capacity.

Diane was CEO of the Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council for 7 years, gaining stakeholder buy-in and forging agreements that were intrinsic to establishing training qualifications for children’s services and other sectors.

For the past six years Diane has been working overseas, including in England, where she led a review of solicitor education and training, and developed and implemented a national leadership framework for the adult social care sector. In the Middle East, Diane managed the development of nursery care occupational standards for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and developed a standards framework to underpin the regulation of the social care sector in Dubai.
Email: dianelawson@cela.org.au


Our Team

Collectively, our staff have countless years of diverse experience, including as directors, consultants, teachers, tertiary educators – even as nannies, bus drivers and cafe owners! Away from work, we’re just as diverse. In our spare time, you might catch us Irish flute playing, knitting, swing dancing, cooking, delving into sustainability and design, or tinkering with kombi vans.

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