Diane joined OpenSpace in 2008 and is a Senior Ecologist and the consultancy co-ordinator. She has a BSc. (Hons) in Botany from Durham University and a MSc. in Ecology from the University College of North Wales, Bangor. She is a full member of CIEEM. Diane is an experienced and well respected botanist/ecologist who has undertaken botanical survey work since 1993 in a wide range of habitats. Diane has extensive knowledge of plant species in the UK.  She also has several years experience of European Protected Species and other species of conservation interest having undertaken scoping and protected species specific surveys since 2003.

Diane loves living in Cumbria and enjoys exploring the county, particularly the Lake District National Park. She has an extensive interest in Natural History and continues to improve her knowledge, for example by attending Botanical Society of the British Isles (BSBI), British Bryological Society (BBS) and Carlisle Natural History Society field meetings. She is currently the BBS regional recorder for Vice County 70 (Cumberland). She is a member of the BSBI, the BBS, the Cumberland Bat Group, the Cumbria Amphibian and Reptile Group, Cumbria Wildlife Trust, Carlisle Natural History Society, Butterfly Conservation and Buglife. She is a volunteer surveyor/recorder for most of these organisations. She is also involved with the North Pennines AONB, undertaking water vole monitoring, with the Eden Rivers Trust, helping with white-clawed crayfish monitoring and recording moth species for the local moth group.