Dating Agency Association Officers

Eddy Ankrett

Edward G Ankrett

Independent Chairman

Meet 'Mr Dating' Eddy Ankrett, who was appointed as the Independent Chairman of the Dating Agency Association on 27th March 2017 after a long career within the industry and many successes. His involvement has been with the company he founded in the 1990's Elite Introductions, Dateline, Dateline Holdings, Global Personals, The Dating Factory and Match Me Now. He brings with him a wealth of experience from within the industry and externally, where he is one of the best known and best connected business men in the the Midlands, with experience as a business owner, entrepreneur, Director and Chairman of PLC and private companies. Eddy is famous for his belief in the '3 p's - passion, people, and profit and his infectious positivity and natural enthusiasm for dating, especially dating safely, will take the Association on to new heights, he succeeds Tony Bateson as Chairman, after 3 great years and some tremendous energy and leadership, which we truly appreciate. Eddy has long been an advocate of personal matchmaking and indeed formed his own first venture into dating around this traditional face to face concept. He is committed to the promotion of traditional face to face personal introductions and particularly the safety aspects of dating. He will be a significant force behind our dating safely campaign.

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Diane Hudson

Chief Executive Officer

Diane was appointed as the CEO of the Dating Agency Association in January of 2018 to work alongside Eddy Ankrett, the Independent Chairman. Diane comes from a background of administration and management, but was initially in teaching. She has recently worked in conferencing and events management at the Park Regis Hotel Group.

Based in Birmingham, Diane is excited by this new opportunity with the Dating Agency Association and plans to utilise her own experience of the dating marketplace to good effect. She is very much a champion of face to face Personal Matchmaking and feels that the extra levels of confidentiality and privacy offered, along with the vetting of members that the DAA recommends, supports the Association’s Dating Safely Guidelines superbly and that makes a world of difference in keeping people safe and free of the risks of violent crime and fraud that have become far too prevalent in the world of online dating and meeting potential partners directly from the internet.

Say’s Diane “I wholeheartedly believe in the principles of keeping dating as safe and as risk free as possible. I have been impressed with the Dating Safely Campaign and very much want to champion this amongst the public at large. Online Dating crime is one of the UK’s fastest growing categories, particularly violent crime and to see fraud levels now breaching the £100,000,000 barrier is horrific. I want to very much bring this to the public’s attention and promote dating safely passionately, all across the UK”

We wish her well in this high profile new role.

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