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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.

Susannah Collier

Development Manager (South, East and London) - Before joining the team at JDRF I didn't have any close connections to type 1 diabetes, however as I continue my education about the reality of living with type 1 I feel more and more motivated to help JDRF find a cure, treat and prevent it. I am addicted to a variety of different types of tea (my current favourite is a toss-up between liquorice allsorts flavoured Earl Grey and popcorn green tea) and I love walking and running with my dog on Wimbledon Common.

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.

Celia Joseph

Regional Fundraiser (East of England) - It is fantastic to be part of an organisation who are seeking a cure for type 1 – if on the journey JDRF can find ways to help make a difference to the lives of those living with the condition and their families it makes my job worthwhile. When not working I enjoy life in the countryside with a menagerie of animals and watching my daughters compete in showjumping.

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.

Jayme Balossino

Regional Fundraiser (Midlands) - Finding a cure for type 1 would mean everything to me as it would be life-changing to so many people and their families. I feel inspired by all the amazing people who are so devoted to helping us find the cure and I'm honoured to be part of an organisation seeking to make this happen. I’m originally from Italy – you could have guessed that from my unusual surname. I love food big time. And, in my spare time, I’m captain of Birmingham’s National Volleyball League team.

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! 

Ally Colton

Regional Fundraiser (South West) - Watching a friend's child grow up with type 1 has shown me the impact a diagnosis has on the whole family. How amazing to now work for an organisation dedicated to finding a cure and in the meantime helping people to manage their condition. As well as being a passionate fundraiser, I am an enthusiastic groupie for my husband and son who play in a Green Day tribute band and we're all busy helping my daughter and her fiancé with the plans for their forthcoming summer 2016 wedding.

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 Coordinator (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 Fundraiser (Yorkshire, Humber & Anglia and North East) - 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! 

Jude Sutton

Regional Fundraiser (North West) - Following the diagnosis of both my twins Amelie and Albie with type 1, I have been passionate about fundraising and finding a cure. It is a life-changing condition, meaning a cure would be positively life-changing for my family. Amelie and Albie are so happy I am now working for JDRF as they think I will be the one finding the cure.

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.

Carol Kennedy

Fundraising Coordinator (Scotland) - I am excited to be part of the JDRF team. Having been a volunteer for the last five years I understand and respect what JDRF are doing to find a cure for type 1 diabetes. I feel very lucky to have two beautiful daughters who do not have type 1. This is my chance to help others less fortunate. I love walking, my husband is trying to encourage me to climb some Munros – watch this space.

Adele Claase

Head of Philanthropic Partnerships and 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 currently studying part time for a BSc in Social Science.

Helen Mannion

Philanthropic Partnerships Manager - I am delighted to work with a truly passionate, determined and dedicated team that care deeply about people affected by type 1 diabetes. I have tremendous admiration for the children, young people, adults and their families, who are faced with making life saving decisions everyday of their lives and I want to do everything I can to help bring the day closer to finding a cure for type 1. When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my three daughters.

Marie Greenham

National Events 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.

Esi Christopher

Special Events Coordinator - Spurred by my family connection to diabetes, I enjoy my role helping to produce events that help raise vital funds to support research into a cure for type 1 diabetes. Since working for JDRF I have been touched by the passion, determination and generosity of JDRF’s supporters. Outside of work I can normally be found at my local Gymbox dance class.

Rebecca Tomlinson

Senior Challenge and Sports Fundraising Manager - It's an exciting time in the Challenge Events team at JDRF. We have lots of plans for the future – so watch this space. My love for sports also tends to take up my free time and I regularly take part in crazy running and cycling events, the next one being an Ultra-marathon.

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.

Alice Smith

Challenge Events Fundraiser - I joined JDRF in October 2014, and I look after all our major cycling and trekking events as well as any other crazy challenges you choose to put your name down for. I've thoroughly enjoyed my time here so far. JDRF is a fantastic charity with fantastic supporters and it’s with thanks to you that we can continue to fund research to cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes.

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.

Kris Wood

Corporate and Trusts Fundraiser - 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. 

Dan Farrow

Type 1 Diabetes Relationship Manager - I was diagnosed with type 1 when I was 19 years old. The cure for type 1 would completely change the life for so many people affected, but also that of their friends and family from the the constant planning and worry. Playing just a small part in that is my motivation for working with this amazing charity. I'm an Instagram-addict and I've previously skydived for charity... I'm not sure whether I liked it or not!

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.

Kolpona Begum

Donor Development Coordinator - 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.

Katharine Salmons

Fundraising Administrator - Although I don't personally have a connection to type 1, I can understand how difficult it can be to live with, and what a cure would mean for all those who are affected by it. It's wonderful to be a part of a team that helps towards finding treatments and a cure. I'm a recent psychology graduate who loves baking, going to gigs and playing flute and saxophone!

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.

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.

George Emery

Media Coordinator - I joined the JDRF team as the new Media Coordinator without a personal connection to type 1 diabetes but very quickly came to see how much a cure could change the lives of those living with the condition. It is great to be part of a passionate team working towards a truly important and life-changing goal – to find the cure for type 1. Any part I can play, however small, in this would mean a lot to me after speaking with, and working alongside, people living with the condition. I am originally from Southampton and am a massive Saints fan, film enthusiast and wannabe blogger!

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!

Linh Lieu

Digital Marketing Manager - I don't have a personal connection to type 1 diabetes but having worked here for so long I really appreciate what people with the condition and their family go through. Finding the cure for type 1 diabetes would mean that my job here is done. I have been at JDRF for about six years now. My friend who was working in the Resources team at the time, introduced me to the charity. I started out volunteering for the fundraising department and ended up applying for a full time role in the Communications team. In my spare time I enjoy travelling and visiting new places. I spent two years in Japan teaching English and travelling round Asia. This year I plan to try and visit as many national trust places as possible.

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.