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Meet the team

We come from all backgrounds and walks of life to make a difference. We are passionate about finding the cure for type 1 diabetes.

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.

Caroline Hellicar

Director of Fundraising - I have indignation that this condition still damages people's lives. The cure would mean an amazing feeling of having helped achieve something that changed people's lives for the better. I cycle to work every day on my beautiful old fashioned bike!

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.

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!

Jon Medcraft

Senior Challenge Events Fundraiser - The cure would mean peace of mind with the knowledge that millions of people across the world can live their lives free of type 1 diabetes and all the implications it brings. I consider myself to be a very active person who indulges in sport 24/7. I enjoy running and swimming, and spend most of my free time watching various sports.

Elizabeth Isle

Challenge Event Fundraiser  Since working at JDRF I have begun to understand the full implications of what having type 1 diabetes means for an individual and their family. It is wonderful working in such a passionate environment, dedicated to finding the cure. Finding the cure would mean that all our supporters would lead a life without worry, finger pricks and regular hospital appointments. Last year I spent six months living in a rural part of Bangladesh working on a water and sanitation project for the British Council.

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.

Sarah McCullough

Head of Corporate Development - The cure would mean an end to the fear that the parents we work with have to cope with every day. I have been known to warble in the office and will, for a hefty donation, recite my rendition of ‘How to be a good fundraiser’ to the tune of Roy Castle's Record Breakers...

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.

Ruth Caulfield

Corporate Development Fundraiser - Since working for JDRF I have seen the huge impact that type 1 diabetes has on people living with the condition and their families. Having a small part in finding a cure will be incredible! I have completed two marathons and I am deciding on my next challenge.  All I know is that it will not involve training in winter!

Helena Nelson

Donor Development Coordinator - 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.

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.

Helen Pegg

Helen Pegg, Head of Trusts and Major Gifts Fundraising - 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.      

Rob Grover

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.  

Sarah Tessier

Major Gifts Manager - I have several family members and friends who have been affected by type 1. I'm Canadian and have been living in the UK since 2010.

Louise Ingham

Regional Development Manager (South, East & 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 Gripton

Senior Fundraiser (East & London) - The cure would mean freedom for all those people with type 1 and their families that work so incredibly hard to stay healthy. I have a bit of an obsession with Alan Partridge and John Steinbeck!

Hannah Roberts

Fundraiser (London & 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!

Lee Newman

Development Manager (Midlands, West & 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.

Danielle Angell

Regional Fundraiser (South West & 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! 

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! 

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.    

Holly Davies

Senior Regional Fundraiser (Central Scotland) - I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1997. A cure would mean an end to the constant thinking, adjusting, calculating, measuring, worrying and stress that is a part of every type 1's life. I used to run my own chocolate making business. My Marmalade Sticks (homemade candid orange peel dipped in dark, dark chocolate) were my best sellers.

Catriona Morrice

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!

Julia Smith

Fundraising Administrator (Scotland) (maternity leave) - I have a family connection to type 1 diabetes and a cure would mean that we could live in a world without type 1.

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. 

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! 

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!

Helen Albert

Head of Research Communication (Interim) - I don’t have a personal connection to type 1 diabetes, but I know the cure would mean a lot to many people around the world. This is my first experience of working in the charity sector, but I’m enjoying using my communication skills gained as a journalist over the last six years and my science knowledge gained from a background in genetics and evolutionary biology for a good cause.

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!

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

Janet Byrne

Office Manager - I am new to JDRF and 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.