Meet SA Woman Member, Dianna Dawson.

Business/Organisation: Life Without Barriers
Job Role: Director, Business Performance

Tell us a bit about you:

As a systems thinker, creator and executive leader of strategy, change, commercial performance, culture, CX and client outcomes across for purpose organisations, Dianna has delivered significant impact across a range of human services sector in the last 20+ years.

Currently, Dianna is the Director of Business Performance, Disability and Mental Health at Life Without Barriers. In this role, Dianna leads the development and delivery of strategic objectives including establishing a Business Performance Hub delivering an end-to-end CX, structural reviews and restructures, business process improvement, financial performance improvements, service quality and commercial outcomes in an ever-changing business and service delivery environment.

Dianna leads her team to maintain sustainable business operations across the service stream, including business strategy, revenue generation, expense management and cash flow. This work ensures that Life Without Barriers is in a strong position to continue providing essential support services into the future.

Dianna is passionate about combining the heart of not-for-profit with the mind of a commercial business to deliver for purpose, leaving the world a better place.

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Mob:  0416 208 745

Let’s get to know you a little more:

What has been a lesson you learnt in your career or business that has stayed with you?
That as a leader, people will do what you do, not what you say. The impact you have the opportunity to make as a leader is profound – this can be profoundly good or not. Your actions will always speak louder than your words.

What is your favourite place in South Australia to visit?

Why is being part of SA Woman important to you?
It provides a network of women who are driven and have goals to achieve whilst supporting each other through two way learning.

What is a quote or mantra you live by?
I have a few actually:

If it’s going to be – it’s up to me.

Everything will be ok in the end – if it’s not – then it isn’t the end.

This too shall pass.