Dianne Thompson: The feisty Yorkshire lass who fought off Richard Branson

Dianne Thompson at the Olympic Park Run launch © Getty images
Dianne Thompson: defended the fort

If you want to infuriate a certain kind of modern businesswoman, the easiest way is to describe her as having ‘balls’. The correct, gender-neutral compliment is to reference her ‘guts’ instead.

Balls, guts... it couldn’t matter less to the redoubtable National Lottery chief Dianne Thompson, 63, who is retiring after 14 years of defending the fort against all-comers, including Sir Richard Branson.

When she saw off his challenge in [...]

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