Dr Diana Owen, Director-General of the Royal Over-Seas League, has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to culture and tourism. A huge congratulations from all of ROSL's members and staff.

Diana joined the Royal Over-Seas League in December 2017, continuing a career that has been devoted to culture and heritage throughout, first at the National Trust from 1988-2007, with responsibility for properties across South East England, followed by a decade spent as the Chief Executive Officer of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-upon-Avon, greatly increasing its profile and leading the organisation through the celebrations for the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 2016.

Speaking ahead of her investiture, Diana said, “I am delighted to receive this honour.  Throughout my career it has been a real privilege to work with fantastic colleagues and teams who do so much to conserve and develop our heritage and culture.  This award is as much for their efforts as for mine and I hope they will share my pleasure in it.”

Lord Luce, President of ROSL, said: “As members of the Royal Over-Seas League we are all delighted by the news that our new Director-General, Dr Diana Owen, has been awarded an OBE in The Queen’s Birthday Honours. I send her my warmest congratulations. All Diana’s past experience will bring great benefit to the Royal Over-Seas League as we develop further our cultural ambitions, not least in music and the Commonwealth.”

Read more about Diana's early life and career here.

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