Diane Aitchison

Occupational Psychologist


Why do teams matter to you?

As the environments we work in become increasingly complex and uncertain, we cannot do everything ourselves.  Being part of a great team has meant that I have delivered better quality and more effective results than I would have on my own. I’ve personally also found it much more fun.  I know, however, that it is not always like this, and so helping people to get the most from being part of a team is important to me.

From your experience what makes a team great?

Having a common purpose that people believe in helps them pull together to get great results. People often pull together wen there is a crisis or a problem, but it is as important when things are going well.


I am a Chartered and HCPC Registered Occupational Psychologist with 23 years’ experience of consultancy in assessment, development, coaching and training.  I have worked as an internal specialist and external consultant and have designed and delivered insightful selection and team development events, and thought-provoking and experiential leadership development programmes for a wide range of UK and international public and private sector clients. I was a Director for a psychology consultancy company before working freelance.  I have been working for the Centre for Team Excellence since 2007 on a wide variety of client projects. I am a highly experienced assessor, coach and facilitator.

Most enjoyable career moments (in no particular order)

I really enjoyed the camaraderie with both colleagues and delegates when delivering an international leadership development programme for the Top 200 procurement managers in a global pharma company. I loved helping people achieve their potential, and for me the most satisfying part is seeing delegates become passionate and enthusiastic about leading and developing their people, and taking away tangible tools to improve their capability in doing so.


  • BA (hons) in Psychology and Business Administration from the University of Strathclyde.
  • MSc in Occupational Psychology from University of Sheffield.
  • Chartered Occupational Psychologist, HCPC Registered Psychologist..
  • BPS Registered Qualified Test User for Ability and Personality.
  • Qualified to use a wide range of psychometric tools.