Hello, welcome to my official website.
Since the launch of my book, ForeWarned, I have been a proud advocate as well as critic of the great British institution that is Defence.
As author, speaker, transformational consultant and analyst.
I hope this site will offer you a range of insights and resources - for those interested in UK Defence.
My aims are to de-mystify defence, to re-connect citizens with the business of defence, and explain why defence is everyone's business. And everyone's responsibility.
I am an advocate of a meritocracy - for defence leadership, for attracting thought-leaders and for retaining the best people for defence. I believe that diversity strengthens UK defence. That we should declare & adapt to what skills we need and then let competition (not which public school was attended), be the selector!
to media channels, my book, ForeWarned, has been one of the catalysts for defence cultural change this year. My story created an outpouring of voices, both veterans and serving, demanding change in how UK personnel are managed and represented. It highlighted the need for a #MilitaryMeToo moment.
Many women and men stepped forward and shared their stories. Including why many are leaving early, due to poor senior leadership and a cohort of 'privileged white men' at the top.
My anonymised research report, shared with appropriate consents, is now feeding into the next steps:
Sarah Atherton MP and the Defence Select Committee have heard that call and announced an inquiry.
ForeWarned, launched in May 2020
Sarah Atherton MP announces the Defence Select Committee inquiry.
My military journey, told in Forewarned, my first book (a story of joy, loss, grieving, fighting, winning and losing within the military) is about military injustice and pockets of toxic bigotry, still happening today. And it has touched a nerve. I am just one of many voices asking to be heard.
Our Service Chiefs did respond - to say that they accepted the need for change and called it a 'NO MISSION FAIL' requirement to modernise. But so far, there has only been words by MOD. No real action. Just promises and further reviews. I have now reached out as a voice of many of those who approached me - and with their permissions, will be submitting a report of the findings, to the parliamentary inquiry.
Cock Ups ? Conspiracies ? Inappropriate Behaviours?
The #MilitaryMeToo is about all who serve or work in the MOD. It is about the bigotry some face daily - and the unwillingness of too many of our service leadership to face up to the toxic pockets of bad behaviours. Many good people are trying to support a fair approach, but are constrained by the damage to their careers by speaking up.
I am now supporting defence reform and, with consents, sharing the anonymised research.
To support all the good people serving and retired.
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About the Author
Educated at Pates Grammar School in Cheltenham and then the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst and various post-graduate institutions, Diane Allen is a former officer in the British Army, serving in communications and intelligence.
Given the choice to stand up against poor behaviour or toe the military line, she stood up. Only to find herself (as many had warned), suddenly frozen out of future promotions. She resigned in January 2020.
She continues to work in wider defence and industry, now as a contractor.
Get In Touch
For all publishing & press enquiries:
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If you would like to take part and submit your experiences of serving with or alongside the armed forces (RN, RAF, Army, Civil Service, women & men), you can share your stories confidentially, via the Inquiries submission page. Deadline is 28th Feb 2021.
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Thank-you to everyone who has shared their stories so far. I believe I have now contacted everyone from the initial research, but if you haven't heard back, please contact me below. No information will be shared unless you have been contacted directly for your permission.
NO INFORMATION WILL BE INCLUDED IN OUR RESEARCH WITHOUT WRITTEN CONSENT.
SOME INDIVIDUALS HAVE ALSO ASKED THAT I CONNECT THEM TO TRAINED PROFESSIONALS, OR APPROPRIATE ORGANISATIONS. WE NOW HAVE A SYSTEM TO DO THIS SAFELY & APPROPRIATELY.