Mr Richard Lane OBE, who campaigns tirelessly for better diabetes services, will step down as President of Diabetes UK at the end of 2015 after 10 years of commitment to the charity.
Mr Lane has been President of Diabetes UK for the past seven years, having spent three years prior to that working in a volunteering capacity to help people with diabetes.
Richard, 71, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 1976. In 2004 he received the first fully successful pioneering islet cell transplant at King’s College Hospital and as a result of this he became the first person with Type 1 diabetes in the UK to be able to stop taking insulin, an effect which lasted several years.
Over the past decade Richard has travelled the length and breadth of the UK, raising the profile of Diabetes UK and particularly encouraging and inspiring our volunteers and local groups by giving talks and making over 280 visits to local Diabetes UK support groups. In his time as President, Richard has travelled over 35,000 miles on our behalf – a distance that equates to more than once around the world.
Diabetes UK has not seen the last of Richard as he has agreed to become an ambassador for our charity. He will be the very first holder of this new role, which will help to nurture ongoing relationships between a number of key supporters and Diabetes UK.