Meet our team

Senior Management 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.

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.

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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.

Dan Farrow - Senior Manager, Community Engagement and Volunteering
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!

Helena Nelson - Senior 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 Officer (Midlands, South West and Wales)
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 Officer (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!

Sophie Corck - Community Engagement Officer (South, East and London)
I was diagnosed with type 1 aged 26 after my sister was diagnosed 16 years ago. Being part of the team helping to find a cure makes me excited to come to work. A cure would change our lives! I love to ski and my annual ski trip is a must.

Louise Preedy - Volunteer Officer
I am proud to be working with such a driven team who are all working towards the goal of finding a cure and helping the quality of life for those living with type 1. When I'm not at work I'm usually found in a fitness studio, in a gym or taking part in adventurous activities.


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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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Hannah Roberts - Development Manager (South, East and London)
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.

Miranda Burdett - Regional Fundraiser (Wales)
I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2013, and am delighted to be working for JDRF as a fundraiser. I am in awe of the innovative research that is currently being funded by our fabulous supporters. My two guinea pigs, Pecan and Pepper, keep me company in work as I am home-based!

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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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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.

Claire Henderson - 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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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.

Tom Borrett - Challenge and Sports Events Coordinator
I help to organise and deliver challenge and sports events. Through my sporting career I have met athletes who consistently deal with the challenges of type 1 diabetes while competing at a high level. This inspires to aid with the eradication of type 1 diabetes by working with and for this incredible cause.

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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Rob Grover - Trusts Manager
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.

Katie Hepworth - Head of Individual Giving
Finding a cure would be life-changing for so many people. I'm motivated by being part of that life changing work. I play the violin in an orchestra, sing in a choir and love to travel. One day I'll get to Antarctica!

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.

Jess Broad

Jess Broad - Special Events Manager
Whilst I do not have a personal connection to type 1, working at JDRF has shown me the impact of the condition on those living with type 1 as well as their families. I have met so many passionate and dedicated supporters who inspire me to do my job. I am proud to work for an organisation that is funding such incredible research with the aim to find the cure.

Lorraine Sartain - Regional Fundraiser, London
I remember how at 7 years old my childhood best friend with type 1 had to deal with hypos and injecting herself with insulin every day. Now working at JDRF I am delighted to be a part of raising awareness and funds for research so that a cure can be found. If I wasn’t working in the charity sector I would be a food taster or critic – I could literally talk about food all day!

Sophie Lizra - Challenge Events Coordinator
I am incredibly proud to be part of an organisation where everyone is devoted to finding a cure for Type 1. It would mean the world to the people living with Type 1, and their families.The part of my job I love most is working with supporters and helping them to achieve their fundraising goals.

Michelle Frost - Fundraising Coordinator (Scotland)
I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when I was 6 years old. A cure would completely change my life and millions of others. Until that day comes, I think it's so important to live life to the fullest and never let diabetes hold you back! For me, that means travelling the world, taking part in crazy sporting challenges and completing a doctorate degree.


Angela Wipperman - Senior Research Communication Manager
The breadth of research we fund is staggering. I want to share this great work with those living with type 1 diabetes and our supporters, so that everyone working towards a cure can see the life changing research they are driving. Outside of work you'll find me playing netball, or doing some (usually overambitious) baking.

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Paz Garcia - Research Communications Officer
I am continually inspired by the vision of the researchers we work with and the drive of the staff and supporters to find a cure – finding it would mean so much to so many families worldwide. In my spare time I am an enthusiastic baker and ballroom & latin dancer.

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Caroline Schmutz - Senior Grants and Research Officer
Playing a part in improving treatments and finding a cure for those living with type 1 diabetes is a huge motivation. I am delighted to join the JRDF team, and to work with passionate researchers and supporters to achieve this goal. I am also a keen traveller, photographer and cinema goer.

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Michael Connellan - Head of External 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.

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.

Orna Joseph - Head of Brand and Marketing
It's a privilege to support the drive to find a cure for type 1. When not working, I can be found performing and directing theatre with my local drama group.

Hannah Martin

Hannah Martin - Senior Marketing Officer
A cure for type 1 diabetes is what we all work passionately towards but until then I want to be apart of the break through's in prevention and treatment. Outside of work I am a keen long distance runner completing the 2017 London Marathon.

Deepti Bahal

Deepti Bahal - Senior Marketing Officer
I have had type 1 diabetes for 10 years. Finding the cure would save millions of people from the constant work and anxiety that comes from living with the condition. I am proud to work in such a motivated team. Outside work I love going to gigs.

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.

Michael Geelan - Database Administrator
I am proud to be part of organisation and working with colleagues who care so passionately about an issue which has an impact on so many lives. In my spare time I like watching 1970s Japanese TV shows and running.

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.