Dr Isabel DiVanna
Commercial Director of the General Council of the Bar
Former Commercial Director – Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists
Isabel is a Director-level strategist and business development professional. She is currently the Commercial Director of the General Council of the Bar, having previously held the post of Commercial Director at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. She has worked as a director of corporate partnerships and business development in London and in Cambridge, and she spent many years working on professional development, continuing training and executive education, following a career as a lecturer in History in Cambridge. She has experience working in the professional services (consulting, research and advisory) and not-for-profit sectors (education, charities, Royal Charter and local authority) seeking to grow their revenues through partnerships, sales, commercial activities and fundraising.
Isabel is experienced in change-management projects aiming to make the organisation more nimble to explore new opportunities while improving costs. She has worked internationally and trans-nationally, her remit extending into policy-making as well as external affairs and communications. She has a keen eye for marketing intangibles and managing relationships effectively. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, of the Chartered Management Institute, of the Institute for Leadership and Management, and a Member of the Institute of Fundraising and of the Business Continuity Institute. Isabel has two PhDs in history and moral & political philosophy, a PCGE and an MBA, various professional certificates, and she enjoys languages and travelling (especially to warm, sunny and sandy places). Outside of work, she is a Trustee of the British Lung Foundation, Governor at Parkside Federation Academies, and advisor to the Board of Trustees of the Cambridge Technology Museum.