JDRF in the UK is pleased to announce David McTurk as the new Chairman of the Board of Directors.
David’s daughter Sarah was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 22 years ago at the age of 11 and the family became heavily involved with the charity soon after. David has supported and championed many JDRF fundraising initiatives including cycle rides and organising the Newbury Walk to Cure Diabetes, while Sarah has taken part in skydives and supported JDRF with donations in lieu of gifts from her wedding.
The family have also taken to the stage at JDRF Type 1 Diabetes Discovery Days to talk candidly about their personal experiences and the challenges involved in managing type 1 diabetes as a student at university.
David, who served on the JDRF Board from 2002 until 2008 and re-joined in 2018, said: “I love JDRF for what it does, for the purity of its mission and for the terrific team, led by the inspiring Karen Addington.
“The cure for type 1 diabetes would of course remove the daily anxiety that we live with – my daughter’s type 1 diabetes diagnosis was life-changing and significantly affected all areas of our family life.
“But we have come to terms with it in our lives and my vision is now for the future – when I know we will rid the world of this cruel and terribly misunderstood condition. Being part of that mission is deeply important to me and to all of us here at JDRF.”
Karen Addington, UK Chief Executive of JDRF, commented: “I am delighted David is our Chairman and know how much JDRF means to the McTurk family.
“We are incredibly lucky to have someone with his vision, sound business knowledge and great personal interest in type 1 diabetes, with the crucial understanding of what it is like to live with the condition. I am very pleased that we will be accelerating JDRF’s search for the cure with David as our Chair.”
As a trained electronics engineer, David spent his career building advanced technology manufacturing businesses. He has his own Change Management company and is Chief Operating Officer of ZapGo Ltd, an Oxford based early-stage scientific business, developing next generation energy storage technologies.