Diana is a trained journalist who has brought her enthusiasm, charisma and knowledge of her given passion ‘Motor Racing’ to her current position of presenting the ‘British Formula 3 and GT Championship’ in conjunction with Channel 4 and Hay Fisher Productions. She is also the face of ...
Diana is a trained journalist who has brought her enthusiasm, charisma and knowledge of her given passion ‘Motor Racing’ to her current position of presenting the ‘British Formula 3 and GT Championship’ in conjunction with Channel 4 and Hay Fisher Productions. She is also the face of ‘Motorsport UK’ for ITV1 and currently fronts the ‘Late Night Sport’ for Channel 5.
Diana started her broadcasting career behinds the scenes at Planet 24 Ltd. Working on such programmes as ‘The Big Breakfast’ before moving in front of the microphone at BBC Radio – ‘AA Roadwatch’. She followed this with a period at ‘Live TV’ presenting for Weekend Sport. Granada Sky – and as a reporter on the ‘Vinney Jones Football show’. She then started her ‘live television training on Challenge TV. Two pilots for the midweek lottery Programme on behalf of the BBC followed, before Sky Sports beckoned and offered her the chance to present the ‘Audi Motor Racing Championship’ which she finally did for three seasons. She was also part of the team of presenters that covered the ‘USA IRL Motor Racing Programme’.
Diana’s love of Motorsport started, when as a teenager she used to go along watch a friends rally driving brother. Attending as many rallies that she could get to, spending hours taking the opportunity to learn as much as possible about the workings of such high powered vehicles and eventually she could be found in the pits helping to repair the cars and generally helping out. This certainly helped spawn her passion for all matters mechanical.
She also has a great love of life and travel and is never happier then packing her suitcase to set off to pastures new. A keen sportswomen her favorites being Skiing and Hockey.
Diana also brings that energy and enthusiasm to her off screen work to a growing list of corporate clients. From Award Ceremonies to Live Presentations and Product Launches she has covered them all. Diana is always looking for new challenges and happy to develop her broadcasting career in different directions.
Faraz was among the short listed candidates which I as Director Marketing & Communication Division of HBL - the largest commercial bank of Pakistan was to interview for the post of number two of the Division. It did not take much time of discourse with him to ascertain that in having Faraz on board, the bank would be acquiring a human asset of brilliant new paradigm built on seminal ideas on how to make challenges more surmountable. This was the year 2002. From then on till 2006 when I parted ways with HBL, his prolific mind continued to churn out marketing and communication ideas for the bank's products and services which in its own area of responsibility helped the bank wake up from the 27 years lethargic hybernation of a nationalized atmosphere to a vibrant competitive commercial bank.
It did not come as a surprise to me when I first learned of Faraz's wading away from a career which, in a very short span of time would have taken him to the top. But then he is not the one to be satisfied with monotony of the routine. At present he has his interests in several entrepreneurial entities in various countries (Stimulus being one the few) and each with diverse constellation of commercial and CSR activities. These entities have become commercially and productively viable fairly early, primarily because Faraz has been able to identify fundamental detriments of economic performance and how merits and demerits can be synergised to work as a system so that the home market of these entities can influence innovation to sustain superior performance.
In ending I must though admit that more than Faraz the entrepreneur it is the human being in him that has impressed me the most. He is a person who is always ready to reach out, with all the ingredient of sincerity, to help and support those around him - however faint or muffled the call for help may be. This for him is the art of all art.
"It was a pleasure to meet, and work with, Diana. The awards presentation and dinner had exactly the right balance of being formal but fun, and this is thanks to Diana's professional approach and her ...
"It was a pleasure to meet, and work with, Diana. The awards presentation and dinner had exactly the right balance of being formal but fun, and this is thanks to Diana's professional approach and her ability to connect with the audience - which really came across to our guests on the night."