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Dianne Thompson



Current Position

Chief Executive, Camelot

Career Brief

1997: Commercial operations director, Camelot
1994: UK marketing director, Signet Group
1992: Director of marketing, Woolworths
1988: Managing director, Sandvik Saws and Tools
1986: Marketing director, Sterling Roncraft 1979: Lecturer, Manchester Polytechnic


Received an Honorary Doctorate In Marketing
Numerous Accolades In Marketing


United Kingdom
Social Network




Ten questions for ....
DIANNE THOMPSON, Chief Executive Officer, Camelot Group.
Q: What was your first job?
A: Product & Group Product Manager Co-Operative Wholesale Society

Q: Name a business leader you admire.
A: Jack Welch, Chairman and CEO of General Electric between 1981 and 2001. During his tenure, the Company's value rose 4000%. His mantra was "Face reality as it is, not as it was, or as you wish it to be".

Q: What's the secret to business success?
A: Hard work, self-belief, honesty and a passion for the business that you work for.

Q: What's the best piece of advice you have ever received?
A: My parents. They taught me that you had to work hard to succeed and to believe that I could achieve whatever I wanted to in life. This is something my mum and dad instilled in me from a very early age and it's the philosophy that's got me to where I am today.

Q: What is your greatest regret in business?
A: Delaying the launch of the National Lottery online. I was concerned about online security. In fact our security firewalls were more than up to the job, so we should have gone interactive sooner.

Q: What skills or qualities do you wish you had?
A: More patience with our UK political and regulatory environment.

Q: What are you reading?
A: Julian Barnes, "The Sense of The Ending".

Q: What are the highs of your current job?
A: All of it! I come to work every day to create millionaires and to raise millions each week for National Lottery Good Causes. And I work with an incredible team to do it.

Q: And the lows?
A: The time it takes for political and regulatory decisions to be made.

Q: How do you achieve work life balance?
A: Prioritising. When I first started out I did not get the balance right, but over the years I have learnt to prioritise my work life and my family life. My daughter is the most important thing in the world to me and I will always make time for her no matter what is happening at work.


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May 9, 2012 Lottery Operator Camelot Flies the Flag for London Olympics 2012
March 26, 2012 Interview: Dianne Thompson
Sept 26, 2011 Lottery Boss Visits Charity
July 20, 2011 National Lottery Chief is New Chancellor of Manchester Metropolitan University
June 3, 2011 Camelot Sets New National Lottery Sales Record
March 5, 2011 Dianne Thompson’s Recollection of What Ten Years as CEO of Camelot Have Taught Me
November 10, 2008 Camelot Boss to Receive Huge Bonus After Winning Lottery Contract Renewal Bid
November 2 2008 Camelot Chief Takes Top Slot at Radio Body
September 12, 2006 Dianne Thompson Awarded Gold Medal For Outstanding Strategic Vision And Leadership
January 1, 2006 Camelot Chief Executive Receives CBE on Her Birthday
November 30, 2005 London Looking to Camelot for First Chief Executive
August 3, 2005 Lottery Chief Joins Wyevale Board as Non-Executive Director
August 3, 2005 Talk Time with Dianne Thompson, Chief Executive of Camelot Interviewed By: Hamish Mackintosh

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