Diane Dunlevey – Vice Chair
For the past 12 Diane has been employed by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service in the role of Equality and Diversity Manager. As well as being a member of the Prevent and Protect Team Diane develops and implements equality and diversity strategies, policies and procedures that impact on staff and service users. Diane has developed service level agreements with partners, in the voluntary sector, which support the implementation of appropriate initiatives to improve equality and diversity practices across the Service.
Diane led on benchmarking of E&D against the Fire and Rescue Service National Equality Framework, of which the Service achieved the Excellent Level in January 2013, one of only 6 Services in the UK at that time.
Diane was an adviser to the development of the ‘Chief Fire Officer Association National Older Persons Strategy’ as well as the Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service ‘Children and Young Peoples Strategy’ and ‘Older Persons Strategy’. Diane is an executive member of the Asian Fire Service Association and supports the membership.
Diane has a keen and active interest in social justice at a local, national and global level. Diane has published research in an exploration of the barriers into higher education, as influenced by ethnicity, on a European Social Fund Project. She is also published in relation to the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000.