Creative Sheffield Talent makes Top 50 Future List

Creative Sheffield Talent makes Top 50 Future List

03 March 2016

Diana Buckley, Head of Economic Strategy at Creative Sheffield has been included in the prestigious Top 50 Future List by the Northern Power Women. Just one week before International Women’s Day, the Northern Power Women team are acknowledging the outstanding women working in both public and private sectors that are shaping the northern economy. 

Creative Sheffield is the economic development arm of Sheffield City Council. Leading the economic strategy team, Diana and her colleagues have been the catalysis for change in a series of high-impact economic development programmes in Sheffield, creating jobs, attracting inward investors and strengthening the city’s position as a global player in the national and international market place. 

Diana Buckley, Head of Economic Strategy at Creative Sheffield, the economic development arm of Sheffield City Council, said: “My passion is bringing people together around a new idea and seeing it take flight. Creative Sheffield is the interface between the public and private sector.  In conjunction with Political Leaders to the city we work closely with Universities, business leaders and international experts. These relationships have the power to really drive change, create jobs and growth.”

Of the Top 50 Future List Diana said: “I’m very excited about being included in the Top 50 Future List. Women play a crucial part in growing and shaping the economy and I know through my own experience the importance of supporting and celebrating each other’s achievements. We all have a part to play in the north punching its weight economically and I’m proud to be working with partners to secure Sheffield’s lead role in the Northern Powerhouse.”

Councillor Leigh Bramall, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Business, Skills and Development at Sheffield City Council, said: “Sheffield’s reputation as a progressive city, where the public and private sector work collaboratively has soared in recent years. Major initiatives like RISE (the talent retention scheme), the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District and The Outdoor City have all played a crucial part in this. People like Diana, and the wider Creative Sheffield team harness these relationships and drive forward the projects that grow our economy and create jobs. I’m extremely pleased that she is being recognised for the role she plays in Sheffield by the Northern Power Women today.”

Diana actively supports equality initiatives, by contributing to the SPRINT Women’s Development Programme, and as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Freedom Community project.  Diana has a passion for development and recently achieved a distinction in company direction through IoD.

To celebrate International Women’s Day and share the experiences of the women shaping Sheffield’s economy, Creative Sheffield will be sharing the individual stories of women in business throughout next week (7 March to 11 March). Follow their stories from Creative Sheffield.