Di Bligh

Senior Associate

Di has over 20 years’ experience working in local government including roles as Chief Executive and Director of Housing for a number of local authorities.

For the past eighteen years Di has worked as an independent consultant, facilitator, coach, mentor and trainer.  Di also provides facilitation for boards, top level mentoring, strategic planning and policy advice in the public and not-for-profit sector.

Action learning facilitation and training

A Senior Associate of ALA, Di facilitates cross-sector action learning sets which bring together chief executives and directors from the public, private and voluntary sectors. Di is an experienced trainer of action learning facilitators and is currently delivering a series of action learning facilitator training programmes for campaigning organisations through the New Economy Organisers Network (NEON).


Di applies her skills in whole organisation analysis, review and cultural change, performance management and business planning to public service sector delivery.  She is a specialist in developing stakeholder business plans and proposals with extensive experience of urban multicultural organisational and community environments both in the UK and South Africa.  Di has undertaken various interim and chief executive and director placements.  She works with senior management teams on business and organisational development and as a coach and mentor to chief executives and senior staff in local government, the arts and foundations. Di also facilitates executive and governance events and has taken an active part in a number of corporate governance inspections. Di is Chair of the charities PEP Charitable Trust and Mandala Trust.

Current and recent customers

Current and past action learning customers include: The African Prisons Project, Dance Digital, Overseas Development Institute, IDeA, Audiences North West, Rural Payments Agency, London Housing Foundation, RNIB, AbleChildAfrica, Thames Reach, Rethink, St Mungo’s and the Metropolitan Police. Consultancy and mentoring customers include Arts and Business, London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, Nottingham City Council, The Health Foundation, Association of Charitable Foundations, Futurebuilders England and the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.


  • Approved by ILM to deliver Endorsed Programme in Action Learning Facilitation  (2008)
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Assessor Step I, 2004, and Step II, 2005
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Cross Sector Partnership with the University of Cambridge Programme for Industry, 2003
  • MPhil, 1997
  • Professional Qualification, Institute of Housing, 1982
  • BA Hons (1st class), 1978
  • trained as a local government mentor for senior women managers
  • completed a wide range of professional, managerial, IT and personal development courses