Staff stories

What do JDRF staff do day to day? What do they think of their jobs? What inspires them? Hear from a selection of our people to get an insider's view on JDRF life.

Miranda Burdett

Miranda Burdett, Regional Fundraiser for Wales

I work as the Wales Regional Fundraiser for JDRF and that involves organising JDRF fundraising events varying from One Walk Cardiff and our Snowdon Sponsored Walk to more glamorous, social events. I also support our supporters with their third party fundraising events, challenges and activities. Every penny helps us get closer to finding the cure for type 1 diabetes, and my work is all about fundraising for the cure.

I am home-based in South Wales. Part of the perks of working from home is that as soon as I started working for JDRF last summer, we got a puppy. It was great as I was at home to spend time with him.

I really like meeting our supporters and their families and friends – they are at the heart of everything we do at JDRF, and we wouldn’t be able to do our work without them. Our supporters are incredible and so dedicated to helping JDRF fund research into type 1 diabetes as well as raising awareness of the condition.

I have type 1 diabetes myself, so hearing about the latest developments in type 1 diabetes research first-hand is interesting. Talking with our supporters about their lives and fundraising stories is also a lovely part of my job too.

I feel really proud to be a part of JDRF’s mission and in my presentations at events I always draw attention to the fact that there is so much hope for those living with type 1 diabetes and that JDRF will not stop improving lives until the cure is found.

 

Deepti Bahal

Deepti Bahal, Senior Marketing Officer

As the Senior Marketing Officer at JDRF, I look after Type 1 Discovery magazine and provide the marketing support for the community engagement team, the corporate, major donors and trusts team and the individual giving team. I work closely with the rest of the communications team and am based in the London office.

I enjoy being able to work with so many different parts of the organisation. It gives me a feel for how the charity works as a whole and how every team contributes to finding the cure.

The most interesting part of my job is working with data to make informed marketing decisions. By analysing the performance of our communications we can get a better idea of how and what our supporters want to hear from us.

I feel most proud of being part of an organisation that has contributed to huge advancements in the treatment of type 1 diabetes.

 

Evan Jones

Evan Jones, Executive Assistant

As JDRF’s Executive Assistant, I manage the diaries of our Chief Executive and senior staff, as well as booking travel for all of JDRF’s staff. I get to work with a lot of different JDRF teams, helping to make sure the offices run smoothly and are well supplied.

I’m based at JDRF’s London office in Angel, and live about an hour away by public transport.

The staff culture at JDRF is fantastic, and it’s a definite highlight for me coming in every day. People are inclusive, friendly and support each other regardless of what team they’re working in.

I’m lucky to work alongside a number of different JDRF teams, so I get to see how the whole organisation moves to tackle type 1 diabetes in the UK and around the world. Getting updated on the latest research or a new event idea is always fascinating.

I’m most proud of being able to help push JDRF’s work forward, even in little ways. It may sound silly, but improving JDRF’s travel or purchasing systems can save us money that goes towards innovative new research or community-focused projects.

 

Tom Borrett, Senior High Value Partnerships Executive

My role is specifically focused on corporate fundraising new business and account management. It’s my job to acquire new companies and organisations who wish to work with us as part of their corporate social responsibility strategy as well as manage the relationships with existing corporate partners.

I am based in the JDRF UK London office in Angel, it’s a really nice part of London with plenty to do nearby, the canal is idyllic in the summer and we’re also really close to the city and major train stations. Essentially there is always something to do and the transport links are great.

I enjoy the collaborative nature of my role; working closely with challenge and sports events, regional fundraisers and our marketing and communications team. I also really value that we are affiliates of JDRF International; this allows me to learn not only from my colleagues in the UK but our American, Dutch, Canadian and Israeli colleagues on monthly corporate global development calls.

The most interesting aspect of my job is probably that every corporate partnership is different, no two companies want the same thing. Each company has its individual needs and it’s my job to ensure that we are able to facilitate the clients fundraising and volunteering requirements.

I’m proud of knowing that the funds we work hard to raise are having a direct and positive impact on the lives of those who live with type 1 diabetes.