Dianne Walls OBE
I have been retired seven years from my post as a head teacher of a nursery school and children’s centre and am now serving as a local councillor for Forest Gate South. My career as a teacher started in Newham, where I have lived since 1972. After teaching in secondary schools for twelve years, I retrained to work in nursery and primary education, while working part-time. Most of my career has been in East London. I have served as a local councillor for a total of sixteen years, most recently since 2014. From 2011-2014 I worked in the office of the MP for West Ham, as a volunteer dealing with casework and education issues. In 2015 I was awarded the OBE for services to education and the community. This reflected the excellent work done in the nursery school and children centre concerning child and staff development, in addition to parent and community involvement.
I have a wide range of experience in supporting children and families who are going through a similar range of difficulties to the Magpie families.
On a personal note, I have brought up a family in Newham and now have ten grandchildren most of whom live in East London and have attended school in Newham.
Dianne leads on early years for the trustee board.
Amy has worked in the charity sector for over 10 years, with various roles spanning fundraising, campaigning, project management, strategy and planning.
She is currently Director of Operations and Senior Consultant at Keystone Accountability, where she overseas the internal operations of the charity and helps social change organisations to improve their performance by harnessing feedback from their service users. After moving to Forest Gate in 2014, and after years of working in the international development sector, Amy felt driven to apply her experience and learning to a cause more local to home.
After hearing about the families that come to The Magpie Project, and with young children of her own, Amy was compelled to offer her support. She joined the Fundraising Committee in September 2017 and was appointed to the board of trustees in February 2018.
Amy takes a lead on fundraising on the board.