Diane Foster - Senior Contracts Manager

Diane holds an LLB (Hons) and LLM and has extensive experience working within and for the University sector.  She has over 14 years’ experience in drafting, reviewing and negotiating agreements between University and commercial partners, including agreements for the supply of research, service, consultancy, confidentiality, secondments, collaborations and has practical experience of state aid issues and UK / EU export controls.  Diane has an excellent understanding of the challenges faced by public and private sectors and adopts a pragmatic approach.  Diane is an active participant in a Scottish University’s contracts working group, a forum which has been set up to try and simplify contracts, to share best practice and find ways of reducing transactional costs across various activities / various sectors.

Prior to this, Diane worked for a micro SME which custom-designed and built compressor packages for CHP plants where she gained experience in costings, engineering sales, procurement and project management.  Subsequently, after the company was acquired by a large engineering and manufacturing organisation, Diane assumed responsibility for the aftersales market including preparing quotations, managing and scheduling commissioning and maintenance activities, sourcing repairs and replacements, procurement through to packaging, customs clearance, delivery and final invoicing.

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