Diana Noble


Advisor To The Board

Diana Noble’s background is in private equity, venture capital and international development.

Currently, she is the Deputy Chair of the Bank of England’s Court (the Bank’s governing Board) and chaired the 2021 Court Review into Ethnic Diversity and Inclusion at the Bank. Her advisory firm, Kirkos Partners, is an adviser to leaders across PE & VC firms on matters of strategic importance such as leadership transition. She is chair to The Children’s Society and the Investment Committee of MedAccess, which accelerates access to healthcare products for patients across Africa and South Asia through innovative structures such as volume guarantees for manufacturers.

In private equity, Diana was a partner of Schroder Ventures, (later Permira), for 10 years. She was the Founder CEO of eVentures and Reed Elsevier Ventures. Between 2011-17, she was the CEO of British International Investment, the British Government’s development finance institution, investing solely in Africa and South Asia, with a dual mission of financial return and development impact.

Recently, she published research on "When to Go and How to Go" - Founder and Leader Transition in Private Equity with Professor Josh Lerner of Harvard Business School.