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Meet the team

Karen Addington

Chief Executive - The cure would mean a world without type 1 diabetes for future generations. It would be the most amazing gift JDRF could deliver to the 400,000 people living with type 1 in the UK. I am dedicated to finding the cure.

Sarah Johnson

Director of Policy and Communications - Finding the cure would mean changing the lives of all my JDRF friends who live with type 1. My next holiday is to be a cowgirl in Wyoming!

Dean Benton

Director of Fundraising - I had been waiting for some time for an opportunity to work for an organisation whose purpose and commitment was to bring about a transformation to someone's quality of life. JDRF is that charity. The motivation in being a part of a team driven to finding a cure for so many people managing their type 1 is immense, and everything we do is focused on taking us a step closer to our goal. When I'm not working you might find me at a racecourse. I'm a big supporter of National Hunt racing and have a very poor share of an even poorer racehorse!

Jonathan Taylor

Director of Finance and Resources - To me the cure for type 1 diabetes would mean that nobody would have to endure the shock of such a life-altering diagnosis. I’ve had 25 years experience in the voluntary sector, with a particular interest in charities growing rapidly, and planning for and sustaining that growth.

Helen Pegg

Head of Governance Portfolio - A good friend at school had type 1 plus JDRF colleagues and supporters. Finding the cure would be great to know that we've helped make people's lives better and enabled researchers to carry out some amazing work. I love a good cookery programme and am planning to do an advanced driving course.

Hayley Anderson

Head of HR - I have friends and colleagues who have type 1. I can't find the words to express what it would mean for friends and supporters when a cure is found. It would simply mean everything. I am equally obsessed with dogs and Marks and Spencer's. If only M&S sold dogs...

Daniel Newman

HR Officer - I was diagnosed with type 1 when I was 10 years old. A cure would completely change my life and many others, it would put to an end to the daily worries that a person with type 1 goes through. I am an avid Arsenal fan and have played on the Emirates pitch.

Clare McVicker

Director of Research Advocacy - I am new to JDRF, but I am extremely excited to be part of this fantastic organisation. Being part of the world's leading charity for type 1 diabetes research, I hope to play a small part in finding the cure. We know that the cure for type 1 diabetes will be found, it is just a question of time, money and great research. My desire is to help JDRF expand its funded research programme and support our outstanding researchers.

Lydia Warrilow

Head of Regional Fundraising - When a cure is found I will be thrilled to know that families in the future would be spared the heartache experienced when a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes is made.  Even more thrilled if the hundreds of thousands of people living with the condition at the time the cure is found could benefit too. I support Birmingham City Football Club and have two sons and one 12 year old grandson.

Louise Ingham

Regional Development Manager (South, East and London) - Finding a cure for type 1 diabetes would mean so much to so many people and would be an end to all the worry and heartache endured by so many families.  I recently drove all the way from the UK to South Africa!

Hannah Roberts

Senior Fundraiser (London and East) - A cure would mean that all of our lovely supporters will have a better quality of life and will not have to worry about daily injections. I have taken part in many adrenalin filled activities to raise money for charity, from bungee jumping to training and taking part in a charity boxing match!

Elizabeth Rowley

Regional Fundraiser (London and East) - Having lived with type 1 diabetes for 22 years and being married to a person with type 1, a cure would be life-changing on so many levels. The day that all people living with diabetes finally get a 'break' from the constant monitoring, worry, and possible complications would be a dream come true.

Lee Newman

Development Manager (Midlands, West and Wales) - To find a cure for type 1 would make such a difference to so many people - I would be very proud to have played some part in making that happen. When I'm not entertaining my two sons playing with trains, dinosaurs or being a superhero I enjoy listening to electronic music and visiting art galleries.

Cara Rowbotham

Regional Fundraiser (Midlands) - Since joining JDRF I have met so many inspirational families that battle with type 1 on a daily basis. A cure would mean that these people would be able to live a life free of having to manage the condition 24/7 and the fear of potentially life threatening complications. Being a part of making that happen would be fantastic! In my spare time I love watching cookery programmes and experimenting with new recipes - Jamie Oliver is my favourite! 

Danielle Angell

Regional Fundraiser (South West and Wales) - A cure would mean everything to me, after meeting so many wonderful people who are so dedicated and commited to helping us find the cure,  being a part of finding that cure for all 400,000 people having to live with type 1 diabetes through no fault of their own would just be fantastic. I am a Welsh speaker and in my spare time I enjoy running! 

Nicki Gerrard

Senior Fundraiser (South) - Until you know what type 1 is and how affects the person with it I don't think you can really understand what a cure would mean. When you do know more about the condition you know the cure would mean everything. I love painting in oil colours, fancy dress, dancing like there is no tomorrow and taking my dog for a walk on the beach.

Sue Perrin

Regional Fundraising Co-ordinator (South) - I see or speak to families affected by type 1 diabetes on a daily basis and hear the good and the bad – they include me in their celebrations when they get an insulin pump and let me know when they have spent the night awake battling their child’s hypos.   But, when a child lists the possible complications that may be part of their future, I become more determined that JDRF should raise the funds to find the cure – no child should even have to think about such things. I’m a local lass, born and bred in Winchester, happily married to Clint (who regularly appears at JDRF events as a volunteer).  I love spending the weekends walking in the New Forest, over Dartmoor or along the South West Coast Path.  If it’s wet and wintry though, I’d rather curl up in front of the fire with a good book or making plans for a holiday (which vary dramatically depending on whether I anticipate winning the lottery).  I enjoy getting together with family and friends, particularly when food is involved!

Chris Normington

Development Manager (North) - The cure for type 1 diabetes would mean more people having the opportunity to do all the things they want in life and that's a good world to live in! I love raising money and take on at least one fundraising challenge a year. In my spare time I go mountain biking, watch live music, Sunday drive my VW camper and volunteer!

Sadie Munro

Regional Fundraising Co-ordinator (North) - Since working with JDRF I have begun to understand and appreciate the challenges faced by people and their families who live with type 1. Finding a cure would be amazing, it would mean that people with type 1 would no longer have to worry everyday about the complications of the condition. I feel very pleased to be a part of such a great charity who really care about improving peoples lives. I love animals and I especially love riding my horse Pinto who I have had since I was 10! 

Alastair Brookes

Development Manager (Scotland) - A cure for type 1 diabetes would mean the families I come into contact with would not have to face the worry about what the future will hold for their children. Their children would be able to realise all their dreams with no restrictions. It would be a fantastic achievement. I live in Dundee with my wife and young son, he is a keen golfer playing off an 8 handicap at Murrayshall Golf Club in Perth. Alastair is also a season ticket holder at Falkirk FC.    

Catriona Morrice

Senior Regional Fundraiser (Scotland) - The cure to type 1 diabetes would be phenomenal!  It would mean the end of countless finger prick tests, injections and constant worrying about future complications.  It would mean the world to me to be a part of making this happen. To help all those living with type 1 to throw away their insulin pens and glucose monitors, to forget about carb counting and never look back! I am a qualified gymnastics coaching assistant and did gymnastics for 18 years!

Claire Douglas

Regional Fundraiser (Scotland) - I have several family members affected by type 1 diabetes so I am really excited to be part of a team that is working hard towards finding a cure. A cure for type 1 will make a huge difference to so many people and their families as it will allow them the freedom to live their lives free of worry and daily injections. I am a bit of a crazy cat lady and enjoy spending time looking after the cats at a local animal shelter.

Adele Claase

Head of Events - I have been involved with JDRF for many years and am very proud of being part of such a fantastic charity. I am inspired and humbled by the many friends I have made whilst being here. And to me, quite simply, the cure would mean the world. I am soon to start a BSc in Social Science - very excited!

Jennifer Hughes

National Events Manager - Before working at JDRF I didn't have a personal connection to type 1, but since joining the charity I see the effects of type 1 on a daily basis through the meetings and conversations I have with our supporters.The cure would be amazing.  It would mean that our families would no longer have a life filled with anxiety and that the devastating complications of type 1 would be eliminated. My sister and I just returned from a two week activity holiday to Thailand which we won through the Zest magazine activity race - finally having a Hughes competitive streak pays off!

Marie Greenham

Event Project Manager - Having been given the opportunity to work with JDRF on their mission to find a cure for type 1 diabetes I have learned just how much this condition effects the lives of thousands of families and individuals in the UK but of course internationally, yet also just how many people are unaware of the impact that type 1 diabetes has on day to day life, and how it differs to type 2. To help on the journey to find a cure, raise awareness and improve the lives of those effected by type 1 means the world to me. I have a friend who was diagnosed with type 1 when she was in her 50's who has to inject, measure etc on a daily basis and who could only dream for a cure. I have a background in international sports events, hospitality, brand activation, I am half German and relatively active when I get the chance.

Luan Roberts

Challenge Events Fundraiser - Before joining JDRF, I didn't have a direct connection with anyone who has type 1 diabetes. JDRF is a wonderful charity to work for and I feel privileged to be a part of a fantastic team that are working tirelessly to find a cure. It would mean changing the lives of so many people and if I can help in any way by raising money through the running events I manage, then this would make me very happy.

Sue O'Lone

Senior Manager – Corporate and Trusts - I've been working in the charity sector for over 10 years and am deeply passionate about health causes. I'm really excited to be able to play my part in JDRF, funding life-changing research to improve the lives of millions of people affected by type 1. The hard-working team here are an inspiration to me and I'm sure that the dedication of our incredible supporters will bring the day when a cure is found that little bit closer.

Rob Grover

Senior Trusts Fundraiser - I do not have a family connection to type 1, but I have had several work colleagues with the condition and know the constant attention they have to give to looking after themselves. A cure would transform their lives and their families lives.

Eleanor Kelpie

Senior Corporate Development Fundraiser - Having grown up around type 1 diabetes in my family, it means a lot to me to be working within a charity that is doing such great research into the condition. JDRF does such fantastic work and I’m proud to be part of a charity that is working so tirelessly to improve the lives of people living with type 1.

Simon Mitchell

Diabetes Community Relationship Manager - The cure would mean a better life for millions of people around the world, but right now, JDRF's research programme provides hope to everyone with type 1 diabetes. True fact: I learned to juggle clubs at the latest JDRF T1 Youth Ambassador Action Day! 

Helena Nelson

Community Outreach Officer - Having spoken to so many adults and children affected by type 1, I feel passionately about helping JDRF to find the cure, it would mean an end to all the injections, finger prick tests and hospital appointments and no one else would have to go through the daily worry that having type 1 brings. I once performed in a play at Edinburgh Festival.

Lisa Williams

Head of Donor Marketing - Before joining JDRF, I didn't have many close connections to type 1, but working with colleagues affected by the condition has really demonstrated to me the importance of finding a cure. Anything I can do as a fundraiser to make that day closer is extremely motivating to me. I have two young sons and a husband who have made me a mine of information on Welsh rugby and Lego Chima.

Kris Wood

Donor Development Officer - I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in March 2012 at the age of 25. Since then, I have been actively involved in the diabetes community and relocated to London to work for JDRF. A cure would mean the world to me, even one day off would be nice! Prior to working for JDRF I was self-employed, living in the North East, running businesses in hospitality, marketing and recruitment. 

Celia Armand Smith

Fundraising Administrator - A cure would mean a life free from worry for all those living with type 1.  I can bind a book and I collect pencils. 

Kolpona Begum

Fundraising Administrator - I want to be a part of something big and I want to contribute to something life changing for so many people. I want to see a day where type 1 diabetes is a thing of the past and then be able to say “yes, I was a part of that!” With dedicated and vital research, I’m optimistic that day is going to be soon.

Rachel Connor

Head of Research Communication - When a cure is found I will have the amazing privilege of being able to tell people about it, how it works and what it means for them. I'm a biochemistry graduate, but left the lab behind because I found I preferred talking about other people's research to doing my own! Specialising in science communication has allowed me to find out about lots of different fields of scientific research - and, most importantly, show people how that research can and will change their lives for the better.

Conor McKeever

Research Communication Officer - Although I don't have a personal connection to type 1, finding the cure would make such a big difference to so many people that even playing a small part in it would be amazing. I love finding out about all aspects of science, which is why I left chemistry and moved into science communication. I even met Sir Patrick Moore at an astronomy club!

Ben Moody

Senior Public Affairs Manager - I was diagnosed with type 1 when I was 26. A cure would have a transformational effect on me and millions of other people worldwide. I've had a varied career - I taught swimming in the US; was a Management Consultant; ran an ice cream stall on Broadway Market; sold popcorn on a Bon Jovi tour and perhaps more relevant to my day job spent three years working in the House of Commons.

Katy Ingleby

Public Affairs Coordinator - Having a good friend with type 1 diabetes, I was keen to work for an organisation with the ambition to truly and radically change people's lives for the better.  At JDRF, I have found that the staff and supporters live this ambition every single day.  On a personal note, I'm a public affairs coordinator by day, by night I'm a travel nut and uber foodie!

Michael Connellan

Senior Media Manager - I am inspired to help find the cure for type 1 diabetes by the great breakthroughs of medical history - such as the discovery of insulin. I'm a former journalist, a Twitter addict and a long-suffering Cambridge United FC fan.

Alice Gray

Press Coordinator - Those who are not affected by type 1 diabetes are oblivious to the extent to which it engulfs people's daily lives. To find a cure and continue to support those with the condition in the meantime would mean the world to me. My favourite food is lentil dahl, and in my spare time I enjoy restoring furniture and cycling my new bike!

Alana Blair

Marketing Manager - As my first step into the world of charities, I'm proud to be part of an organisation that can make difference to thousands of people. I don't have a personal connection, but the day a cure is found, I will be a very happy person. I’ve started planning 10 challenges to take part in by the end of the year... wish me luck!

Will Prior

Marketing and Communications Coordinator - I was diagnosed with type 1 when I was 17. Finding the cure would change my life and the lives of millions of others, and I’d love to be able to play even a small part in that.

Janet Sarll

Head of Finance - I know a cure would mean a great deal to those living with type 1 and their families. Knowing that I had helped play a part would give me fantastic job satisfaction. I’ve spent the last twenty years working for charities.

Hakeem Danmole

Finance Manager - A cure would mean relief for thousands of people and their families. I am a closet foodie.

Snjezana Raic

Finance Officer - Having family connections to chronic autoimmune disorders help me understand the implications that type 1 has on people living with the condition as well as their families. Finding a cure would mean the world to millions of people!

Michael Hall

Database and Information Manager - Working at JDRF has made it very clear to me just how big of an impact type 1 diabetes has on the lives of not just those suffering with the condition but on their families and loved ones as well. A cure would mean so much to all involved and to be helping work towards that is a lovely feeling. I love technology and dabble in programming in my spare time. 

Janet Byrne

Office Manager - I have come from a corporate background. I love the atmosphere, camaraderie and overall feeling of a team trying their hardest to raise funds to support research into and education of type 1 diabetes.

Ann Ramsdale

Head of Volunteer Development - I can't really put it into words what a cure would mean, but there would be a big party! I like big parties!

Angela Walcott

PA to Chief Executive and Senior Management Team - Until I started to work for JDRF I didn't have a personal connection to type 1 diabetes, however growing up in Barbados I have seen first hand what lack of knowledge of diabetes can do to a family and a society as a whole. It's nice to be working for such an amazing charity whose prime focus is to find a cure. And I didn't like cricket... I love it.