Valerie Dias

I am passionate about wanting to help young people and adults alike get the opportunities they deserve to make a difference to themselves and to society through vocational education and technological initiatives. These initiatives will in turn, I believe, cause ripple effects in the way we address education that should create lasting changes to society.

Valerie is the Chief Risk Officer and a member of the Executive Team at Visa Europe. A fellow of the Chartered Institute of Certified Accountants, she previously held the position of Chief Financial Officer from 1999 to 2006 at Visa Europe. In March 2015, she was appointed Non-Executive Director on the Board of the Ipswich Building Society, and she chairs their Audit & Compliance Committee.  She is also a trustee on the Board of the Chartered Management Institute, UK and in June 2015, she stood down from being a trustee on the board of World Vision, a position she held since 2007. Valerie truly believes that with her finance and risk background, she is well placed to use her relevant experience to ensure that decisions are made on initiatives with full and comprehensive understanding of the value of the proposals.