Di Buchan has been a member of EIANZ since 2007. She served on the NZ Chapter Executive committee for five years and was a member of the EIANZ Council prior to the establishment of the Board. She is a Certified Environmental Practitioner (Impact Assessment specialist) and was appointed as a Fellow of the Institute in 2015.
For 20 years, Di was the Managing Director of Corydon Consultants Ltd, a Wellington-based company specialising in socio-environmental research, social impact assessment and community consultation. Di is now semi-retired spending much of her time working as a volunteer for EIANZ and other NGOs while supporting the next generation of environmental practitioners through training courses in SIA.
As an independent researcher for 25 years specialising in social impact assessment and community consultation, she has worked on a wide range of projects from major infrastructure projects to community-based environmental initiatives. Over that time she has been responsible for managing a variety of multidisciplinary teams working on projects throughout New Zealand and the Pacific.
In a private capacity, Di has established an Environmental Trust which works with landowners to develop new, less damaging land-use practices and with students from poorly resourced communities who might otherwise struggle to access the funding, knowledge and networks, to undertake projects aimed at environmental restoration.
Di has a Bachelor of Arts (Sociology) from the University of Auckland and a Master of Public Policy from Victoria University of Wellington.