After eight years working in the third sector, Di created EmployabilityUK – an education charity. EmployabilityUK has an impressive track record with nine years of delivering first class employability skills to young people from all backgrounds. As a volunteer-led charity, EmployabilityUK was honoured to receive the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2021.

In her previous role, Di was responsible for developing Career Academies UK’s strategy and delivering the national programme. After building a team of regional managers and taking the programme to all parts of the UK she then went on to become Director of Business Development.

Di Vernon

Di has more than 25 years of corporate business experience from BT and O2, including delivering BT’s education and community programmes. Di has held several volunteering roles including 6 years as a Special Constable with West Midlands Police. She has served on a number of boards and committees including EBP’s, University Business Schools, GBCCC and a multi-academy trust. Until recently Di was an independent Parish Councillor. Di’s commitment to advancing the opportunities for young people was recognised in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Honours, when she was awarded an MBE.