JDRFNewsMike Straney joins JDRF as UK Director of Fundraising and Engagement

Mike Straney joins JDRF as UK Director of Fundraising and Engagement

Posted on 25 May 2021

Mike Straney joins JDRF as UK Director of Fundraising and Engagement

Mike joins JDRF from the RAF Benevolent Fund, where he was Director of Fundraising and Communications. Over the last 15 years Mike has held senior fundraising and partnerships roles across the charity sector, for organisations including Sightsavers, Breast Cancer Campaign and Marie Curie. 

Beginning his career in diabetes technology sales at Lifescan, Mike has a strong knowledge of type 1 diabetes and the impact it can have on those living with the condition. 

Mike will lead on engaging with JDRF supporters throughout the UK to raise vital funds for type 1 diabetes research, at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has hit public fundraising hard.

Mike will also oversee JDRF’s corporate fundraising. The charity already benefits from strong UK partnerships with pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, and other leading firms across the private sector.

UK Chief Executive Karen Addington said: ‘We are delighted that Mike has joined the team here at JDRF. Our supporters are vital in helping us work towards achieving our mission – we simply can’t do it without them. The experience and expertise that Mike brings will help give our supporters and partners new, challenging and fun ways to raise money for type 1 diabetes research so that we can work towards ending type 1 diabetes for good.” 

Mike said: “I’m excited to be working with JDRF supporters across the UK. These are challenging times for the charity sector, but it is clear that JDRF has a committed supporter base that is passionate about raising money to find better treatments and cures for people with type 1 diabetes. I’m thrilled to be working with such a great team.”