Dianne Ritson is the Chief Executive Officer of the Lishman Health Foundation. With a health science, medical education and management background, Dianne Ritson has held leadership roles in health and disability across government and non- government sectors. As a graduate of the Institute of Company Directors she recognises the principles of good governance and strategy leadership in guiding the direction of the Foundation. As a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy of the United Kingdom, she is keenly interested in the significance of research in developing evidence-based policy and practice in health care. Having grown up in a rural area, she has recently moved to the South West, and welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the Foundation’s focus of improving health outcomes for people living in rural areas.