Dianne Thompson CBE,
Chief Executive of Camelot Group Plc, operator of The UK National
Lottery, has recently taken on an additional role as Chairwoman of the
Advisory Board at Aston Business School in Birmingham.
Named the “first lady of marketing" when she topped Marketing
magazine's Power 100 list two years running in 2006 and 2007,Dianne is
no stranger to Birmingham or to Aston Business School. The Business
School has been on her radar since providing a venue during her time as
a business studies lecturer in the early 1980s.
Dianne brings wide-ranging commercial experience to the role and
aims to use the new position to foster the development of even stronger
links between the Business School and businesses.
“I have always felt that business education should be geared to the
needs of business, not just to a criteria set by academia. It’s clear
that Aston Business School works hard to deliver courses and programmes
that are relevant – and long may that continue. Experience of real work
is essential in the education of business students. It not only adds
value for their subsequent employers, but it gives them a great boost
at the start of their career. It is clear from the make up of the
Advisory Board that the school takes its responsibility to businesses
seriously, and I hope that I am able to use my expertise and experience
to help drive business relationships forward.”
Commenting on the development of Birmingham over the years she said:
“Birmingham is a fantastic, vibrant city with a great history as well
as exciting future prospects. It’s changed a huge amount in recent
years, with considerable investment and development driving
opportunities – something that is clearly in evidence on the campus at
Aston with the state of the art Business School Building.”
Other members of the Advisory Board include business leaders from the healthcare, electrical, IT and legal sectors.
Dianne sits on the Press Complaints Commission. She is a Fellow of
the Royal Society of Arts, the Marketing Society, and the Chartered
Institute of Marketing. Dianne is also a Companion of the Chartered
Management Institute and a liveryman of the Worshipful Company of
Marketors. Dianne has previously been awarded the titles of both Veuve
Clicquot Business Woman of the Year 2000 and Marketer of the Year by
the Marketing Society in 2001.
More recently, Dianne successfully led Camelot’s bid for a third National Lottery licence.
Executive Dean Professor Michael West said: “We feel privileged that
Dianne has taken up this role and we are confident that she will be a
major contributor to the work of the board alongside its other members.
An Advisory Board of this quality is a great asset to the Business