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.


Rebecca Tomlinson

Rebecca Tomlinson, Senior Challenge & Sports Fundraising Manager

I head up the challenge and sport events team at JDRF, developing and implementing new fundraising events for my team to execute. I live in Surrey and work in the London office but I’m a Yorkshire lass at heart.

The people at JDRF are fantastic, both the supporters and staff. It’s great to be out at events cheering on our fantastic fundraisers.

The most interesting part of my job is thinking up new event ideas and putting the plans together for them. It’s really rewarding to see an event idea come to fruition. I’m also a bit of a number geek, and enjoy working on my budgets, making sure we raise as much as possible!

I feel most proud of my team – they’re fantastic and go above and beyond to make sure our events are a success. Without them we wouldn’t raise over a million each from our events.

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.

Chris Normington

Chris Normington, Development Manager – North region

I manage the Northern region for JDRF, working on everything from an obstacle run to a corporate partnership or gala ball. I also look after national fundraising campaigns like Type 1 Tea Party and schools fundraising.

I’m based in Leeds. Two others work with me in the office and we also have a homeworker in the North West.

The most enjoyable part of my job is meeting families and individuals and being even a small part of their type 1 journey. Despite not having type 1 myself I feel part of a community and enjoy knowing that together one day we’ll change the world for the better.

The most interesting part is not knowing what’s going to happen tomorrow. People come up with all sorts of weird and wonderful ways to raise money and everyday we get to do that in our team too!

I’m most proud that I’ve contributed, in the only way that I know how, to creating a world without type 1 diabetes. No-one can cure this condition alone and no contribution is insignificant, it’s a global effort and I’m proud to be playing my part.

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.