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Diabetes UK Board of Trustees - Membership

Sir Peter Dixon (Chair)

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Sir Peter Dixon took up the post of Chairman of Diabetes UK on 1 January 2013.

He brings to the charity a depth of senior-level experience with the NHS and other public bodies. For ten years he served as a Council Member and Trustee for the NHS Confederation, the membership body for all organisations that commission and provide NHS services. He has also been Chairman of University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the Enfield and Haringey Health Authority.

Peter is currently Vice-Chair of the Norfolk Broads Authority, Chair of Imperial College Health Partners, Chair of Anglia Ruskin Health Partnership, and Chair of South East Coast Ambulance Trust. He is also a trustee of Pathway, the UK’s leading homeless healthcare charity. 

Peter has been a board member in registered social landlords for nearly 40 years and was Chairman of the Housing Corporation, the Government’s national affordable housing agency, from October 2003 until December 2008. He was knighted for services to housing in 2009.In his earlier career, Peter held a number of roles in business, banking, and corporate finance. He is a graduate of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and holds a Masters degree in Modern History and an MSc in Business Studies from London Business School.

Mr Julian Baust (Vice-Chair)

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Julian retired in March 2010 from the position of Chairman and Managing Director of Kodak Limited and is currently involved in Management Consultancy and as a Non Executive Director.

During his 30 years at Kodak, Julian fulfilled a number of key management roles within sales, marketing, operations and ultimately general management. Over the last ten years, the imaging industry has undergone a revolution as the technology moved from film to digital. Julian led the transformation of Kodak Ltd, driving market-led change through the organisation to position the UK business as the digital business it is today. This included significant restructuring, the integration of acquired businesses and the launch of new products and services into new markets.

In addition to his role in general management, Julian was Chair of Trustees of the Kodak Pension Plan. He was also actively involved in the company’s implementation of their CSR Strategy, including working with local, national and international charities.

Diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 1962, Julian has experienced first hand the progress made in diabetes care and understanding. He believes that there is a lot more to be done to build awareness and fund research, to make life easier with the condition, reduce its occurrence, and ultimately to find a cure.

In his spare time Julian enjoys a number of country based activities in addition to playing some tennis.

Sir Harry Burns

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Sir Harry Burns graduated in medicine from Glasgow University in 1974. He trained in surgery in Glasgow and he was appointed as a Consultant Surgeon and in the University Department of Surgery at the Royal Infirmary in Glasgow in 1984. Working with patients in the east end of Glasgow gave him an insight into the complex inter-relationships between social and economic status and illness. He completed a Masters Degree in Public Health in 1990 and shortly afterwards was appointed Medical Director of The Royal Infirmary. 

In 1994, he became Director of Public Health for Greater Glasgow Health Board, a position he occupied until 2005. During his time with Greater Glasgow Health Board he continued research into the problems of social determinants of health and in 2005, he became Chief Medical Officer for Scotland. In this role, his responsibilities included aspects of public health policy, health protection and, for a time, sport. 

He was knighted in 2011 and in April 2014, he became Professor of Global Public Health at Strathclyde University where he continues his interest in understanding how societies create wellness. In 2014, the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, presented him a lifetime achievement award from the Scottish Government and the Scottish Parliament for Public Service.

Mr Noah Franklin (Treasurer)

Noah was elected as Treasurer in July 2011. He is Group Finance Director of Volac International Ltd, a company involved in dairy nutrition, and Honorary Treasurer of Precious Sisters, a charity supporting girls through secondary school and beyond in Kenya.

Noah studied Philosophy and French at Oxford University and subsequently qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen, where he worked for 11 years in London and Paris. After a period at Whitbread, he spent 12 years at Cadbury Schweppes in a variety of finance and general management roles, including Finance Director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa and Managing Director of Global Business Services. He has also had a spell as Chief Financial Officer of a venture developing large-scale arable farming in South America.

Noah chairs the Diabetes UK Finance Committee and is also a member of the Remuneration Committee and the Audit and Risk Committee.

In his spare time, Noah enjoys theatre, running, Pilates, cricket, skiing and jam making.

Professor Wasim Hanif 

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Wasim is a Professor of Diabetes & Endocrinology, Consultant Physician, and Clinical Director in Diabetes at University Hospital Birmingham. He is an eminent authority on diabetes, obesity, and ethnic health and works with several national bodies, and professional groups in the UK.

He has been involved with major research projects in diabetes and has published widely. He was selected for Kings Fund Leadership Programme in Diabetes. His research interest includes: diabetic kidney disease, diabetes prevention, management of diabetes in Ramadan, obesity, ethnicity and tackling health inequalities. He is involved as a chief and principal investigator in several international multi-centre trials and was instrumental in setting up UKADS (United Kingdom Asian Diabetes Study).

Wasim has been involved at a parliamentary level to advise the government on issues relating to Diabetes and ethnic health. He is the Chair of the Diabetes Working Group of the world-recognised South Asian Health Foundation (SAHF). Wasim is a member of the Parliamentary and Stakeholder Diabetes Think Tank advising the All Party Parliamentary Group on Diabetes. His involvement in NICE has been extensive, sitting on advisory NICE Health Technology Appraisal Committee since 2009, and acting as an advisor on many issues including the use of health technologies, definitions of Obesity and Waist circumference in British South Asians, prevention of diabetes in high risk groups, physical activity and type 2 diabetes. He is on the Expert Advisory Committee of Commission of Human Medicine, advising MHRA on new Medicinal agents. He is on the Board of Governors as a Trustee of Diabetes UK, helping in strategy, advocacy, patient empowerment and research to help improve outcomes in people with diabetes in the UK.

He holds the qualifications MBBS MD FRCP.

Mr Gareth Hoskin

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Gareth brings over 30 years of professional and executive commercial experience gained both in the UK and internationally.

Gareth served as an Executive Director of Legal & General plc, where he worked for 19 years, holding executive positions in Legal & General’s UK insurance, corporate and retail savings businesses. As well as the Legal & General Main Board, he served on the board of its UK operating company, Legal & General Assurance Society Ltd, and on the boards of its General Insurance, Group Risk, Unit Trust and Banking businesses. As CEO of Legal & General’s International Division, he served on the boards of all its major international subsidiaries and also its joint ventures across North America, Europe, the Middle East, Egypt and India. He served as Trustee on the boards of Legal & General’s Group pension schemes.

After graduating, he joined Price Waterhouse where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant and worked for 10 years in both in their London and Australian offices. Gareth is an advisor to Green Park Partners Ltd, an investment and advisory business based in London

In addition to extensive financial expertise Gareth brings considerable commercial experience of business strategy, starting and growing companies and running large complex organisations. His passion and commitment to serve Diabetes UK is driven by his first-hand experience of supporting both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetic members of his immediate family.

Ms Helen McCallum

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Helen retired as Director General of Consumers International in December 2013. Her role involved lobbying for consumer rights at international level and helping to build consumer protection in parts of the world where it is weak.

She spent the majority of her previous career in senior roles which involved helping large organisations to understand and meet the needs of their users and customers. She was Head of Communications for the NHS for five years before being appointed the first Director of Communications for the Department of Health in 1999. From there she spent seven years as Director of Corporate Affairs for the UK Environment Agency.

Helen brings considerable experience of campaigning on health and related issues, of listening and responding to the public, and a knowledge of the charity sector. She was a trustee of Keep Britain Tidy for six years from 2005–10, and is now also a trustee of "Arts and Minds", a charity based in Cambridgeshire devoted to providing arts services for people with mental health problems.

Helen lives in Cambridge – she is an amateur actor and director, helps to look after her three grandchildren and enjoys walking, swimming and skiing.

Ms Janice Watson

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Janice became a Trustee of Diabetes UK in January 2015. She first became involved with Diabetes UK when her son developed Type 1 diabetes in 2010. Her father-in-law also has Type 2 diabetes, giving her personal experience of the challenges of managing both conditions in day to day life.

Janice brings considerable senior financial experience to her role as Trustee. She is a professional treasurer, with over 25 years’ experience in this field, and is currently employed in the financial services sector. She has both current and previous experience as a pensions’ Trustee and sat on the Advisory Investment Committee of WHO from 2006 to 2015. Her early working life was spent teaching English in Sudan, the UAE and Egypt.

In her spare time, she enjoys walking her dog in the Chilterns, where she now lives, and relaxing through yoga practice.

Professor Rhys Williams

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Rhys has a long-standing involvement in public health aspects ofdiabetes as well as knowledge of and involvement in the diabetes scene in Wales. His interest in diabetes began 40 years ago as a junior hospital physician in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk. Since then he has contributed to the fields of the epidemiology, health services research and primary prevention of diabetes and other related conditions and to the health policy and health economic aspects of these conditions. He has held academic posts in Cambridge and Leeds and, until his retirement from full-time employment in 2011, was Professor of Clinical Epidemiology and Dean of Medicine in Swansea.

Over the years he has held various positions as a volunteer in the International Diabetes Federation including being a Vice-President (2000-2006) and, since January 2013, is (for the second time) Editor-in-Chief of IDF’s Diabetes Voice. He has been a Trustee of Diabetes UK before, resigning this position, in 2002, to spend some time with the diabetes division of WHO in Geneva. He is still a visiting consultant there. He contributed to the St Vincent Declaration, led the Clinical Standards Advisory Group’s review of diabetes services (in 1993), has served on the Diabetes NSF External Reference Group and has chaired the Swansea LDSAG and the Diabetes UK Wales Advisory Council. He graduated in Medicine from London University (in 1972) and holds the qualifications MBBCh, MA, PhD, FFPH and FRCP.

Dr Bob Young

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Bob brings to the Board the perspective of more than 25 years as a Consultant Diabetologist. During his time at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust (Acute and Community) he has had sub-specialty interests in children & young people’s diabetes, diabetic pregnancy, inpatient diabetes and diabetic complications. He chairs the local diabetes network steering group Salford Diabetes Care, is clinical lead of the South Manchester Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Programme and was for ten years Trust Director of Clinical Effectiveness and Clinical Information Technology. He has published more than 100 research papers on the pathogenesis and treatment of diabetic neuropathy/foot disease and IT applications to improve the quality of clinical care.

Bob served on the St Vincent Task Force, the Diabetes NSF external reference group, the GMC performance assessment development programme and has chaired the RCP specialty sub-committee for Diabetes and Endocrinology. Since its inception in 2003 he has been Clinical Lead for the National Diabetes Audit (NDA) and he is foundation clinical lead of the National Diabetes Information Service (NDIS).

Bob graduated from Dundee University in 1976, did postgraduate studies in Edinburgh and holds the degrees of MBChB, MMSc, MD, FRCP. He was awarded CBE for services to medicine and healthcare 2010.

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