Diane Fisher-Naylor


Di is Director of Programmes at CCE taking overall responsibility for design, implementation and quality assurance. Di travels extensively developing and supporting a wide range of creative education programmes in countries across the globe including Lithuania, Pakistan, South Korea and Norway to name but a few. Di is also responsible for designing and delivering a range of professional development programmes for teachers and creative professionals. She was previously Director of Schools for Creative Partnerships in England.

Di has worked in the arts for over 20 years including working at Arts Council England as National Director of Grants for the Arts. She took on the daunting task when the Regional Arts Board were merged into Arts Council England of streamlining the grants system, turning over 100 funding programmes across the country into just four for the national organisation. Before that Di worked for Northern Arts (the regional arts board for Northern England) specialising in capital development projects and national lottery funds.

Other positions held previously include Corporate Projects Manager at Business & Enterprise North East, who operated a major contract on behalf of the regional development agency for the North East delivering business support service. Before that Di spent two years as Chief Executive of the North East Enterprise Bond, an organisation dedicated to supporting individuals and companies to set up new businesses.