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 leader in the water industry in Victoria, currently serving as chair of both Goulburn-Murray Water and Southern Rural Water, and previously as a director of Barwon Water. In addition to her numerous appointments to state and national board roles, Diane has had a successful business career, establishing 2 start-up companies 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 helps businesses and industries in Geelong and the Western District relocate executives and their families to the region. 

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

Reviewed 17 June 2021

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