Diane is a successful entrepreneur and CEO with a diverse set of business skills earned over more than 25 years working with and for private companies, and economic development agencies. She spent the last 8 years building Xcell Partners, working with high potential startup companies that want to achieve accelerated global market growth.She is at the heart of the investment community on the island, and brings extensive knowledge and early stage investment expertise. Over the past five years she has developed a number of key enterprise development programmes for semi-state economic development agencies, and is known well for her work in the Propel programme, where since 2009 has seen over £10m investments made in its’ participants. She also leads the delivery of the first Seed Stage Start-up Accelerator (StartPlanet) in Northern Ireland.
In 2009 she established the Irish Halo Business Angel Network, where she was the National Director for 3 years, leading the development and establishment of an all-island umbrella group for business angel investing in Ireland. This lead to the creation of several Angel Investor syndicates, across Ireland, facilitating over €3m of angel investment into start-up companies
Immediately prior to establishing Xcell Partners, Diane spent 6 years as a Senior Vice President for Enterprise Ireland Silicon Valley and New York developing a strong network of contacts, and an up close understanding of some of the world’s leading technology companies, and in particular the approach of the world’s largest venture capital community. She has a wealth of experience, and an extensive contact base in the Irish and USA technology and digital sectors. She brings an in-depth and detailed understanding of the global technology market and its’ challenges and opportunities. She holds a BA (Hons) Business Studies from the University of East London and holds CISI UK Financial Regulation (Capital Markets Programme).