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!!
Susannah Collier - Development Manager (South, East & 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 & 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 & 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. I adore trees and everything they represent.
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 - Senior Fundraiser (South West)
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. 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.
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!
Sue Perrin - Regional Fundraising Coordinator (South)
JDRF 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 and dancing the happy dance.
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!
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! I have recently taken up triathlons, and love a challenge! My next one being the Manchester Marathon for JDRF.
Sadie Munro - Regional Fundraiser (Yorkshire, Humber & Anglia and North East)
Finding a cure for type 1 would really be amazing! 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 peoples lives better! I absolutely love animals and in some of my spare time I volunteer at a rescue and rehabilitation centre for horses.
Alistair 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.
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.
Holly Davies - Senior Regional Fundraiser (Central Scotland)
I have type 1, diagnosed in 1997. A cure would mean nn end to the constant thinking, adjusting, calculating, measuring, worrying stress that is a part of every person with 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.
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 & 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 Geenham - 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
t'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 & Trusts
I've been in the charity sector for over 10 years and am passionate about health causes. The fantastic team here and our incredible supporters inspire me every day to find funding for life-changing research. Outside of work I love volunteering with kids and I recently completed my second degree and became a full-qualified youth worker.
Rob Grover - Senior Trusts Fundraiser
I have had several work colleagues with type 1 and know the constant attention they 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.
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 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 do what I can to help create a world without type 1 diabetes.
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 an extremely motivating reason to come to work every day.
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!