Diane Reeves has been appointed as Strategic Programme Manager in the diocesan office. Funded through a grant from the Archbishops’ Council, Diane will help manage our programme of projects in our four priority areas under the Kingdom People vision: children and young people; deepening discipleship, strengthening stewardship; and creating mission-focussed buildings.

Diane joins the diocesan office from the NHS. She has spent the last 17 years in NHS Management working in the Sandwell and Birmingham area, most recently as Chief Accountable Officer for a Clinical Commissioning Group. Before moving into Management she worked as a GP. She is also a lifelong member of the Church of England, currently worshipping at St. Peter’s Church in Harborne, Birmingham, where she leads intercessions, reads the lesson and enjoys helping with the coffee after the service!

Diane said: “I recently completed the Diocese of Birmingham’s 3D Course (similar to the Bishop’s Certificate) and had the opportunity to think about what I wanted to do in the future and whether God was calling me in a different direction. When I saw the advert, it seemed like a great match with my skillset and I’m really looking forward to using my experience to help bring God’s Kingdom closer.

“My role as an NHS Manager was all about encouraging people to achieve to their full potential. I’m planning to bring this management style to the role of Strategic Project Manager – I won’t be there to tell people what to do, but to help enable different groups to work together in delivering the Kingdom People vision. It’ll be a big change from the NHS and at the start I’ll be spending a lot of time listening, but I’m really excited about moving into this new role and working with a wide range of people.

Diocesan Secretary, Robert Higham, said: “This is a great appointment. Diane brings a wealth of project management experience and will really help us with the implementation of projects in our four priority areas. We’re very grateful to the Archbishops’ Council for the grant to fund this post.”

Diane is a single parent to four grown-up children and owns a dog and four rabbits. In her spare time she enjoys walking in the countryside, swimming and discovering history. She also attends classes to improve her French.