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Diane Slade

General Secretary & Vice President, Education

Diane Slade has a dual role at the IAA: she has been the IAA’s VP of Education since 2008 and in 2016 was also appointed as the IAA’s General Secretary.

Diane is a Senior Lecturer and Head of the Advertising & Creative Services Course at Edith Cowan University’s School of Arts & Humanities in the world’s most isolated city, Perth (Western Australia).

Prior to joining ECU in 2004, Diane held senior executive positions in London, Singapore, Hong Kong and Perth at BBDO, Y&R, FCB, Lintas/Hakuhodo, ACP Publishing and Batey Ads working with global clients including Singapore Airlines, Hennessy, TAG Heuer, Standard Chartered Bank, Japan Airlines, Sarah Lee, Shangri La Hotel Group, FedEx, Visa, Singapore Tourism Board, Asia Pacific Breweries and Mercedes Benz.

Diane has been a Member of the IAA since 1976 serving previously as the youngest elected member of the IAA UK Chapter Committee (Board) to now as World Secretary and Vice President Education/Learning on the organization’s global Executive. Her IAA Education/Learning portfolio includes compliance assessment for institutional accreditations for the organization and is the founder of the highly successful annual IAA Apprentice Global Conference held in Dubai. Describing herself as an ‘accidental academic’, Diane’s passion and focus at ECU is in developing her students into sought after future talent and in internationalising the course curriculum. This focus has seen ECU’s Advertising course delivering unique focused academic programs with significant industry engagement for Advertising students and has grown to include course content developed and delivered by respected leaders such as WPP’s Jon Steel.

Diane holds postgraduate qualifications in Tertiary Teaching and Museum Studies and is the recipient of major academic, industry and government awards including the 2007 Vice Chancellors Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2008 Vice Chancellors Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, 2009 Australian Learning & Teaching Council Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, 2010 IAA Medal for Merit, 2013 Vice Chancellors Award for a Program that Enhances Learning, 2013 IAA Champion Award and the 2013 International Association of University Presidents Education Achievement Award.

Diane is the pathetically proud parent of daughter Annabel, and in her spare time, has a research focus in 19th Century Museum Pioneers of British Malaya, is pursuing a Master of Design and (still) learning how to knit.