Diana was lucky enough to attend a girl’s grammar school where they were encouraged to study traditionally male subjects and to apply to university.
At the time the North Sea oil reserves were being developed and legislation had recently been enacted ensuring workplace equality for women. So, it’s probably no surprise that Diana decided to study Geology at university with the aim of becoming an oil field sedimentologist. However, by the time she graduated there were no jobs for graduate geologists. Instead, she plumped for a career surveying the built environment instead of pursuing a career involving surveying the natural environment. The rest, as they say, is history – sketched out below.