Barbara Young

Barbara Young, Chief Executive of Diabetes UK, joined the charity in November 2010. Barbara had a career in health services planning and management for 20 years, during which she was also a King’s Fund International Fellow and the first woman President of the Institute of Health Services Management. 

Barbara Young

Barbara Young

She has held top posts across a range of charity and public sector organisation including Chief Executive of the RSPB and Chief Executive of the Environment Agency. She is a former Chairman of English Nature and former Vice-Chairman of the BBC. She returned to health in 2008 as as the founder Chair of the Care Quality Commission.

Barbara is clear that the diabetes is one of the most important health issues facing the UK today and that the work of Diabetes UK is crucial in making a real difference to the lives of people with diabetes and their families and to those at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. 

Diabetes UK is working hard to research new solutions for prevention, care and ultimately cure of diabetes.  It is providing a growing range of services so that we can support people with all types of diabetes and their families in useful ways throughout their lives with diabetes.  We have real impact on improving the quality of services provided by the NHS. And we are committed to helping stem the rise of Type 2 diabetes.  We are tremendously blessed by the huge support we get in this from the people we serve, from our active volunteers and from our partner healthcare professionals.

As Baroness Young of Old Scone, Barbara has been a Life Peer in the House of Lords since 1997.  She is also president or vice-president of a range of charities in the wildlife and environment field, and is Chancellor of Cranfield University.