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Dianne Thompson

Dianne Thompson

Job

Chief executive

Company

Camelot UK Lotteries Limited

Work Telephone

01923 425000

Address

Tolpits Lane, , Watford, Hertfordshire, WD18 9RN

Work e-mail

dianne.thompson@camelotgroup.co.uk

Date of birth

31 December 1950

The best thing about my job is...

Coming to work every day to help make Britain a better place – by raising more than £30 million a week for Good Causes, and creating an average of four million winners each and every week, through National Lottery games.

The key thing I've learnt recently is...

You never know what’s round the corner. I was all set to retire after the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. But when Camelot was bought last year by the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan, we agreed a strategy to continue growing the core UK National Lottery business, while also introducing some new and diverse revenue streams into the overall business. It’s something I’ve long wanted for Camelot and agreed to stay on to 2015 to see through the changes. I’m delighted I

The best advice I've ever had is...

“Work hard and believe in yourself – and you’ll achieve whatever you want to in life.” Simple but incredibly effective advice from my parents, which inspired me from an early age and is the grounding for my hard work ethic.

If I was 21 again, I would...

Not change a thing. I don’t believe in regrets and everything I did led to where I am today – so I’d do the same all over again.

The thing that really inspires me is...

Visiting the beneficiaries of Good Cause funding and seeing the huge difference it can make to grass roots projects, communities and individuals up and down the country. More than half of all National Lottery grants are for £5,000 or less, which can mean the difference between success and failure for after school cookery clubs, cancer support groups, or renovations to local village halls. It’s what the National Lottery was created for.

The last time I was embarrassed was...

When I celebrated ten years in charge as CEO of Camelot and was presented with a beautiful gift by my chairman and lots of messages of congratulations from Camelot staff. I’m not good at being the centre of attention.

The last time I was excited was...

When I went shopping with my daughter for her wedding dress – she’s getting married next year and I can’t wait to see her walk down the aisle. She’s going to look beautiful.

I'd describe my personal style as...

Smart but feminine. It’s often said to still largely be a man’s world at the top in business – but it doesn’t mean you have to dress (or act) like one to succeed.

I really love...

Getting away from it all to a little holiday cottage I’ve just bought on the Isle of Wight.

I really wish I had...

Been successful in getting tickets through the public ballot for the London 2012 Olympic Games. The National Lottery is contributing £2.2 billion towards the infrastructure and legacy of the Games and I’m extremely proud of the hard work we’ve all been doing to make sure we deliver on our funding commitments. But I still wish I’d got tickets to the men’s 100-metre finals.

I really wish I hadn't...

Fallen down some stairs a few years ago and broken my back. Apart from being incredibly sore at the time, it means I can’t be as active as I used to be, so have to be even more controlled with my diet – which is a pain.

The worst thing about me is...

I’m still a marketer at heart, even though I’ve been CEO of Camelot for more than ten years now. So it means I can't but to keep a closer eye on our marketing activity than my marketing director perhaps might like.

You might not know this but I'm...

Incredibly good at playing card games on my iPad. I use them to relax and clear my mind after a busy day at the office and have discovered quite a talent.


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