Di Smith is an Independent Consultant in Education and Children’s Services. Her recent projects include developing a proposal for an alternative provision Free School, value for money review of education services, safeguarding inspection preparation for a local authority, Executive Coaching for newly promoted leaders and managers and Educational consultancy. This has included leading education policy discussions with senior school leaders, Ofsted and the DfE.
She was Interim Executive Director of Children, Young People and Learners (CYPL) for the London Borough of Croydon. She worked as Director of Children’s Services Brighton and Hove.
She has regularly chaired meetings internal to the Council and external partnerships and is a former Chair and Vice Chair of a school governing body. In addition, she is Chair of Standards Committee for a national children’s charity. She is a trained Executive coach and NLP practitioner.