Diabetes UK is delighted to announce today, on World Diabetes Day, that Richard Lane OBE has been elected as the charity’s new President.
Richard, 65, who has Type 1 diabetes, was one of the first people in the UK to receive islet cell transplants in 2005.
The surgery came after a long history of diabetes-related complications, including comas and severe hypoglycaemic episodes (hypos).
The transplants transformed Richard’s life and he has not had a serious hypo since his first operation.
A great advocate
Richard, who formerly held the position of Vice President at Diabetes UK, has been a great advocate for the charity. He has spent much of his free time travelling the country undertaking public speaking at local community meetings and conferences to raise awareness of the condition and the work of Diabetes UK.
'Circling the globe' to raise awareness of diabetes
By the time Richard attended the charity’s annual volunteering conference in Leeds this October, he had travelled the equivalent of the Earth’s circumference (24,901 miles) in his quest to raise awareness of diabetes.
Richard takes over the position from entertainer Jimmy Tarbuck who had been President since 2002.
Diabetes UK-funded research and treatment changes lives
“I’m honoured to be the new President of Diabetes UK," said Richard.
"I am a living example of how Diabetes UK-funded research and treatment makes a difference to people’s lives. My life, and the lives of my wife and children, has changed dramatically since the islet-cell transplants.
Working to improve the lives of all with diabetes
"I will continue do all I can to help raise the profile of Diabetes UK and diabetes and work to improve the lives of all people with diabetes.”
Douglas Smallwood, Chief Executive of Diabetes UK, said: “We are thrilled that Richard has taken on the role of President.
"Richard has already done so much for Diabetes UK and we believe that he will be able to contribute even more as President.”