Diane James AM

Coastal conservationist and leadership builder.


Member of the Order of Australia for service to conservation and the environment, particularly through the development of coastal planning and management in Victoria.

Diane James AM is a company director and business consultant. Her career includes establishing two start-up companies and numerous appointments to State and National board roles. She is currently chair of both Goulburn Murray Water and Southern Rural Water, chair of the Order of Australia Association in Victoria and was a founding director of GenU, a national disability, ageing and lifestyle services organisation.

In the private sector, Diane established an executive relocation company, Positive Move. The company provides guidance and assistance to relocating executives and their families to Geelong and the Western District.

Diane's interest in community affairs and public policy led to a long involvement in coastal and oceans planning. She served as chair of the Victorian Coastal Council for over a decade and held chairing roles with the National Oceans Office and Coastal CRC. Diane campaigned strongly for Victoria's first Marine Protected Areas which saw the world's largest system of marine national parks proclaimed in 2002.

Reviewed 01 October 2019

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