Diane Modahl // Commonwealth Games Gold medalist turned social entrepreneur

Diane is one of Britain’s most successful 800m runners. She won a Gold Medal in the 1990 Commonwealth Games, and followed this with a further Silver and Bronze medals. She has also competed in 4 Olympic Games, 1988 in Seoul, 1992 in Barcelona, 1996 in Atlanta and 2000 in Sydney. Unbeaten for six consecutive seasons over her specialist distance, Diane won six Amateur Athletic Association of England titles and is both the former British and Commonwealth Record Holder. 

Since retiring from athletics she has dedicated herself to a number of great causes;  Lay Adviser to the Central Manchester Clinical Commissioning Group 2014 – 2015, Non-Executive Director Primary Care Trust (PCT) NHS Manchester 2011-2014 and was previously the Chief Ambassador for the National Charity – Street Games. In 2010 Diane established the Diane Modahl Sports Foundation (DMSF) a registered charity. Their passion is to raise the aspirations of young people and give them resources, experience and knowledge that will help them develop into strong confident individuals. DMSF is committed in its mission to use sport as a catalyst for change and to give young people a sense of purpose through and beyond sport in education and employability. Qualified coaches, mentors and trainers work in Primary, Secondary, Academies and across the youth sector – delivering engaging sport and education programmes. 

DMSF rely on building partnerships with like-minded organisations who seek to make a positive impact on the community and contribute to local skills, training and education. This enables team DMSF to go out and do what they do best; turning barriers into an opportunity to cross the DMSF Blue Line. Fiona is a passionate innovator with 25 years’ experience in healthcare, biotechnology and venture capital. She is now at the helm of Absynth Biologics, an organisation that addresses people’s growing immunity to antibiotics.  

At the 2018 International Business Festival, we help people like Fiona make sense of international trade. No matter how big or small your business is, if you have international ambition, we will  provide the skills, knowledge and connections to enable you to take the next step. 

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