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New Diabetes UK Chair announced

Professor Sir George Alberti has been appointed as Diabetes UK's new Chair. Succeeding Professor Simon Howell, Professor Alberti is internationally renowned in the field of diabetes and in the wider medical community.

He was President of the Royal College of Physicians from 1997 to 2002 and, more recently, the National Director for Emergency Access and Service Reconfiguration at the Department of Health. He is also an Emeritus Professor of Medicine at the University of Newcastle and is currently Senior Research Fellow at Imperial College. 

Pleased and honoured

He has had extensive involvement with the NHS and the World Health Organisation over the years. Formerly the President of the International Diabetes Federation from 2000 to 2003, he has been involved in both research and clinical roles and has sat on many research committees, including as Chair of our Research Committee and Chair of the Steering Committee of the UK Prospective Diabetes Study from 1988 to 1994.

“I could not be more pleased and honoured to be joining Diabetes UK," said Professor Alberti.

"Diabetes is a massive and growing problem and I will do my best to help Diabetes UK meet the many challenges that it presents.”

Commitment and support

Diabetes UK Chief Executive Douglas Smallwood said:  “I am delighted that Professor Sir George has been appointed. He has been involved with the charity since 1974 in a variety of roles and became a Vice President in 1999.

“I am sure that George will be an excellent Chair and external face for the charity and I know that he is totally committed to supporting and developing the contribution of our volunteers.”

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