Diana is ideally suited to run etiquette and international protocol programmes as she is descended from Edward Weissmuller von Wimmis, an envoy to the Court of St James in London in the 20th century. He escorted The Duke of Cumberland on the Garter Mission to Japan and arranged the itinerary for The Crown Prince of Siam on his visits to the Courts of Europe, Russia and Asia as well as organizing ‘The Grand Tour’ for many aristocratic families. As a result international protocol, etiquette, and good manners have been very much an integral part of life as she grew up. Early in 2005 she spotted a niche in the market and decided to re-invent the traditional British finishing school by founding The Finishing Academy. Diana devised all the courses, chose the tutors and was the mainstay of the training programmes.
Her media background has been an enormous advantage and she contacted BBC Northwest and BBC ‘Woman’s Hour’ to cover the launch. This led to enquiries from people from all over the globe and when she introduced the first finishing school for Gentlemen in Scotland the Academy gained attention from the world’s media.
She left The Finishing Academy in 2006 to concentrate on Public Image, as she wanted to broaden her range from purely etiquette tuition to include media and management training, as well as television presenting, thus making the best use of her experience and talents.
After spending a year at Central Television she joined the news team at BBC North where she stayed for ten years. For five years she presented 'The Executive Business Channel' for BBC Select, interviewing businessmen and women working in various companies and organisations all over Britain. Earlier this year she co-hosted a TV programme on manners in the US after beating competition from etiquette experts based all over Europe. She is also in negotiations to set up The Public Image School of Etiquette in Poland, Uganda, Japan and Kenya, where she is also due to host a television series. Diana places quality at the forefront of everything she does and hand picks the tutors who work with her for their talent, experience and presentation skills.
Diana is a regular contributor to television and radio programmes, giving advice on etiquette, image and style and writes a monthly column for a lifestyle magazine as well as being in increasing demand as a speaker. Her journalistic experience enables her to get to the crux of the subject when it comes to speech writing and she uses her drama training to help clients with their presentation techniques. She is a regular contributor to television and radio programmes and appeared recently on The Jeremy Kyle Show, (ITV) The Culture Show (BBC 2) Blue Peter (BBC1) Inside Out (BBC 1) BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Five Live, Radio Solent, Radio Leeds, Radio Manchester and Capital Radio, Kiss FM, Citizen Radio and NTV in Kenya.
She was a founder member of the consortium that launched Signal Radio and is the author of three books Surviving The Media; ImageWorks for Men and ImageWorks for Women, as well as two talking books for children Smugglers Moon and Bodie is Missing. She launched her clothing range ‘Or' Collection four years ago.