Meet our team

Senior Management Team

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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.

Dean Benton - Director of Fundraising
Being a part of a team driven to finding a cure is immensely motivating, and everything we do is taking us 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!

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Sarah Johnson - Director of Mission
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!

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Rachel Connor - Director of Research Partnerships
I knew more about the molecules involved in type 1 than its day-to-day impact when I joined JDRF. That quickly changed (although I still know quite a lot about molecules), and the cure would mean more to me than any other scientific advance could. I use a scooter to get to work!

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Jonathan Taylor - Director of Finance and Resources
To me the cure for type 1 diabetes would mean among other things 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.

HR, Volunteering and Outreach

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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.

Lyndon Hoare - Interim Head of People and Organisational Development
I have a first cousin and a nephew who were diagnosed with type 1 as children, and managing the condition is life changing for the whole family. A cure would mean such freedom from continuous worry for all who have to live with it. I love travel, good food and wine, DIY and music.

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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.

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Dan Farrow - Community Engagement Manager
I was diagnosed with type 1 when I was 19 years old. The cure would completely change the life for so many people affected, freeing us from the constant planning and worry. I'm an Instagram-addict and I've previously skydived for charity... I'm not sure whether I liked it or not!

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Helena Nelson - Community Engagement Officer
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.

Abi Clarke - Community Engagement Coordinator (Midlands)
My uncle had type 1 but was initially misdiagnosed. The frustration of people not understanding the differences between type 1 and 2 had a big impact on my family. I’m proud to work to find a cure. Away from work I spend my time trying to keep my hair extra soft and playing football.

Emily Barran - Community Engagement Coordinator (North)
Being diagnosed with type 1 at the age of nine was a life-changing moment for me. Working at JDRF means the world to me, as I want to be part of finding the cure. I am a big fan of theatre and used to perform at City Varieties in Leeds – where Charlie Chaplin once performed!

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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!

Fundraising

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Lydia Warrilow - Head of Regional Fundraising
I will be thrilled when a cure is found for type 1 diabetes knowing that in the future many would be spared the heartache experienced when a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes is made. Our work will be done! I support Birmingham City Football Club and have a fear of birds!!

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Susannah Collier - Development Manager (South, East and London)
I am incredibly motivated to help cure type 1. 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 my dog on Wimbledon Common.

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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!

Ilsen Cafer - Regional Fundraiser (London)
Making a difference has always been important to me, and I'm honoured to be part of a cause that strives to find the cure, fund significant research and improve the lives of people with type 1. I love working with our wonderful supporters and am inspired by their dedication.

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Celia Joseph - Regional Fundraiser (East of England)
It is fantastic to be part of an organisation who are seeking a cure for type 1 – 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.

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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.

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Jayme Balossino - Regional Fundraiser (Midlands)
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 the organisation seeking to make this happen. I'm originally from Italy, I love food, and, in my spare time, I'm captain of Birmingham's National Volleyball League team.

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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. I am proud to work for JDRF who are dedicated to finding a cure. I spend weekends watching my husband and son play in a Green Day Tribute band.

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Nicki Gerrard - Senior Fundraiser (South)
Finding the cure for type 1 would simply mean everything. I’m really proud to work for JDRF knowing that I’m part of a global team working towards the cure every day. In my spare time you’ll find me running after my non-stop toddler!

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Sue Perrin - Regional Fundraising Coordinator (South)
JDRF's fabulous supporters are a dedicated bunch, and I love hearing about some of the completely crazy things they do to raise funds because finding the cure is the most important thing to them. I’m looking forward to joining in their celebrations one day.

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

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Jude Sutton - Regional Fundraiser (North West)
Following the diagnosis of my twins Amelie and Albie with type 1, I have been passionate about fundraising and finding a cure. They are so happy I am now working for JDRF as they think I will be the one finding the cure! I have recently taken up triathlons, and love a challenge.

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Sadie Munro - Regional Fundraiser (Yorkshire, Humber and Anglia, and North East)
One of my favourite parts of this job is meeting lots of lovely people who are also so dedicated to finding a cure for type 1 and making people's lives better. I absolutely love animals and in my spare time I volunteer at a rescue and rehabilitation centre for horses.

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Catriona Morrice - Senior Regional Fundraiser (Scotland)
My partner was diagnosed nearly 10 years ago with type 1 and a cure would mean everything to us. I can’t wait for the day when everyone living with type 1 can throw away their insulin pumps/pens and forget about carb counting and never look back! I’m a qualified gymnastics coaching assistant.

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Holly Davies - Senior Regional Fundraiser (Central Scotland)
I have type 1, diagnosed in 1997. A cure would mean an end to the constant thinking, adjusting, calculating, measuring, worrying stress that is a part of every person with type 1's life. My blood glucose control was never so good as when I was pregnant with my son.

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Claire Douglas - Regional Fundraiser (Scotland)
I have several family members affected by type 1 so I am really excited to be part of a team that is working hard towards finding a cure. A world without type 1 would be amazing. I am a crazy cat lady and volunteer at a local animal shelter.

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Carol Kennedy - Fundraising Coordinator (Scotland)
Having been a volunteer for 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.

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Marie Greenham - National Events Manager
I have a friend who was diagnosed with type 1 when she was in her 50s, and to help on the journey to find a cure means the world to me. I have a background in international sports events, hospitality and brand activation, and am half German.

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

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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.

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Luan Roberts - Senior Challenge Events Fundraiser
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 I want to help in any way by raising money through the running events I manage.

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Alice Smith - Challenge Events Fundraiser
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. JDRF is a fantastic charity with fantastic supporters and it’s with thanks to you that we can continue to fund research into type 1 diabetes.

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Eleanor Kelpie - Senior Corporate, Trusts and Major Donors Manager
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. I'm proud to be part of a charity that is working so tirelessly to improve the lives of people with type 1.

Duncan Grant - Corporate Account Manager
Growing up with my mum as a doctor, from a young age I have always been inspired by advances in medical research. Seeking for a cure for type 1 is a goal that I feel privileged to be able to contribute towards. I used to be a professional bagpipe player, and am a DJ and music producer.

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Helen Mannion - Philanthropic Partnerships Manager
I am delighted to work with a truly passionate and dedicated team that care deeply about people affected by type 1 diabetes. I want to do everything I can to help bring the cure closer. When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my three daughters.

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Rob Grover - Senior Trusts Fundraiser
I know the constant attention people with type 1 have to give to looking after themselves. A cure would transform their lives and their family's lives. I am hugely impressed with the ground breaking work of our researchers. I started skiing again five years ago after a 40 year gap.

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Kris Wood - Senior Corporate Fundraiser
I was diagnosed with type 1 in 2012 at the age of 25 and started working for JDRF shortly after. Seeing first hand all the research developments gives me huge optimism about the future and meeting so many inspirational people and families motivates me to help create a world without type 1.

Patrick High - Corporate, Trusts and Major Donor Fundraiser
I am honoured that I have the opportunity to make a difference to the lives of people and their families by helping to find a cure. I am a keen sportsman and own a speedboat!

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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 shown me the importance of finding a cure. Anything I can do to make that day closer is an extremely motivating reason to come to work every day.

Hayley Perez - Senior Direct Marketing Officer
I’ve seen first-hand the impact type 1 diabetes can have and I know the best way to help is through research. It’s great to be part of the JDRF team, working together to find the cure that will change so many lives.

Ruthie Whiter - Direct Marketing Officer
I have a couple of family friends who have type 1 and I know how much a cure would change their lives. I love being able to help this research progress in a small way.

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Kolpona Begum - Donor Development Coordinator
I want to be a part of something big and contribute to something life changing. I want to see a day where type 1 diabetes is a thing of the past and then be able to say I was a part of it. I'm optimistic that day is going to be soon.

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Katharine Salmons - Fundraising Administrator
Although I don't have a personal connection to type 1, I understand 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 fund research. I'm a recent psychology graduate who loves baking, going to gigs and playing flute and saxophone!

Communications

Jennifer Burton - Research Communication Officer
I've had type 1 since I was 11, and I know that myself and everyone with the condition would love to experience life without the constant blood monitoring and worry. I love watching musicals, going to pub quizzes and trying new things. I'm also currently attempting to learn Spanish.

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Michael Connellan - Acting Head of Media and Public Affairs
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.

Eavan Mckay - Senior Policy and Public Affairs Officer
Since working at JDRF I have learnt so much about the impact of type 1, and it would be brilliant to see a cure. I have a background in politics, and in my spare time I'm involved in political campaigning, enjoy cooking, drinking (and making) a good negroni, and travelling the world.

Callum Sanderson - Social Media Officer
A cure would fantastic for all the amazing people who live with type 1 diabetes for a multitude of reasons. It would be fantastic to play any part, no matter how small, in finding the cure. I am a massive sports fan, especially football. The team I support is Liverpool.

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George Emery - Media Coordinator
I joined the JDRF team 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. I am originally from Southampton and am a massive Saints fan and TV boxset addict.

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Alana Blair - Marketing Manager
I'm proud to be part of an organisation that can make a 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!

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Linh Lieu - Digital Marketing Manager
Finding the cure would make such a difference to the lives of so many living with and affected by type 1. I am honoured to be working for such a dedicated and committed charity. In my spare time I enjoy visiting new places and spending time with my little one.

Jade Murphy - Senior Marketing Officer
Working for JDRF means a lot to me, it sits well with my own personal values. Coming into work each day to help find a cure for type 1 diabetes is incredibly rewarding and we can only keep improving lives until we find the cure!

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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.

Finance and Resources

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Janet Sarll - Head of Finance
A cure would mean everything to those living with type 1 and their families. Knowing that I am working towards that cure gives me fantastic job satisfaction. Outside work I enjoy spending time with my three children and working on our allotment.

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

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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!

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Mike Hall - Database and Information Manager
Working at JDRF has shown me the impact type 1 has on both the lives of those living with the condition, and their families and loved ones as well - working towards a world without it is a wonderful feeling. I enjoy baking and programming in my spare time.

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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.

Evan Jones - Office Administrator
Finding the cure, or even new treatments for living with type 1, would make a huge difference to my friends whose lives are affected every day by the condition. Away from work, I have performed several times at the Edinburgh Fringe.