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Diana Barran

Diana Barran is the founder and Chief Executive of the charity CAADA, Co-ordinated Action Against Domestic Abuse. Since CAADA began work in 2005, it has supported a transformation in the way domestic abuse is addressed in the UK: promoting a new focus on high risk victims through access to highly trained specialists, improved co-ordination between multiple frontline agencies and stronger risk assessment. As a result of CAADA’s work, over 50,000 victims received this specialist support in 2009.

Diana was previously a Donor Adviser and Head of Grant Development for New Philanthropy Capital and co-authored a guide for donors and philanthropists about the Domestic Violence sector called “Charity Begins at Home.” She recently co-authored the largest research study carried out in the UK on high risk victims of abuse, ‘Safety in Numbers’.

After graduating from King’s College, Cambridge in 1980, Diana went into the City as an investment banker. She founded one of the first European Hedge Funds in 1993.

Diana is a trustee and Chair of the UK Grants Committee of Comic Relief and a trustee of the Henry Smith Charity, two leading grant making trusts.

She was awarded the Beacon Prize for England in November 2007 for her work addressing domestic violence.


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