New Chief Executive for Scottish Women’s Institutes

Scotland’s national membership organisation for women and girls has appointed a new chief executive.

Diane Cooper will lead the Scottish Women's Institutes (SWI) from early December 2021 after the charity’s current chief executive Raymond Pratt retires.

Diane joins SWI from The Open University (OU), where she had a successful term as Partnerships Manager in Scotland.

 Prior to working at the OU, Diane held senior leadership positions in membership organisations at Associations of Chief Officers of Voluntary Organisations (ACOSVO) and Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA).

 Diane Cooper said:

 “I am delighted to take up the CEO role for this national membership organisation later this year.

 “SWI is the largest individual women membership body in Scotland. It represents and captures the power of women together and will play a vital role as we start to recover from the pandemic. I am proud to be joining the SWI at this pivotal time, as we look to grow, innovate and develop the organisation for existing members and future generations.”

 SWI President Anne Kerr added:

 “We are delighted to announce Diane Cooper as the new chief executive. The appointment has been made following a robust recruitment process carried out by the board and an external advisor.

 “Diane has demonstrated the leadership vision that’s needed to drive forward a strong sustainable organisation which embraces equalitydiversity and inclusion for all women and girls in Scotland. I look forward to working closely with her in the months and years ahead.”