• Di Burton FCIPR FCIPD


    Di Burton

    Now Director of Di Burton Limited, she is the former managing director of Cicada Communications Limited, which she founded in 1987. Di advises at board level on leadership issues, employee engagement and stakeholder management for a range of blue chip organisations, including JaguarLandRover. She is a Preferred Supplier to the European Commission and an External Examiner at Northumbria University. In 2014, Di acted as Interim Head of Communications for North Yorkshire Police. As an industry expert, Di has worked at 10 Downing Street and is a member of the Cabinet Office Communications Review team. For 16 years she directed the MA in Public Communication programme for the Government Communication Network (GCN) at Leeds Trinity University College. Di is a member of London’s Reform Club, a Freeman of the Guild of Public Relations Practitioners and is listed in Debrett’s People of Today. She is also a member of the Two Percent Club, and has been named as Ackrill Media Group Business Personality of the Year. She has appeared in PR Week’s Power List and named as one of Yorkshire’s Top 100 Entrepreneurs. A Harvard Business School alumni, she is also a Yorkshire Patron, a trustee of Harrogate Theatre and a board member of the Northern Aldborough Festival.


Qualifying Round: North Yorkshire 2015/16


Qualifying Round: North Yorkshire 2015/16

DEBATE: Doping in Sport

Regional Final: Yorkshire 2014/15

DEBATE: Space Exploration

Regional Final: Yorkshire 2014/15

DEBATE: Three Parent Babies

Qualifying Round: North Yorkshire 2012/13

DEBATE: Energy Futures


Thursday 27 June:
Oxfordshire Championship at Oxford Union, in partnership with Magdalen College School and Oxford Festival of Arts

Friday 5 July:
North East Championship at Durham Sixth Form Centre


Find a list of all our previous championship events here.


Bernie Whelan, our DM coordinator, is raising money for Debating Matters. To stage one of our Championships for six to 12 teams costs £6,000. Find out more on Bernie’s Wonderful fundraising page.


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