We are pleased to announce Sir Peter Dixon as our new Chairman. He has been appointed following a formal interview process and will take up the position on 1 January 2013.
Sir Peter has previously fulfilled a range of senior public sector roles, including Council Member and Trustee for the NHS Confederation and Chairman of University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He has also been a board member in registered social landlords for over 25 years and was Chairman of the Housing Corporation. He was knighted for services to housing in 2009.
He will take over from Professor Sir George Alberti, the internationally renowned diabetes expert who has been Chair of Diabetes UK since 2009.
"Wealth of experience"
Julian Baust, Vice-Chair of Diabetes UK, said, "We are delighted Sir Peter has agreed to become Chair of Diabetes UK. Peter’s wealth of experience in senior public sector roles and in-depth knowledge of the NHS will be a huge asset.
"I look forward to working closely with him to ensure that Diabetes UK continues to campaign for those with diabetes, or at high risk of developing it, provides the care and support to make life better for people with the condition, and works towards a world without Diabetes.
"On behalf of the charity, I would like to thank Professor Sir George Alberti for his work as Chair over the last four years. His knowledge and judgement have been invaluable and we are extremely grateful for everything he has done."
Campaigning for healthcare and support
Sir Peter said, "Diabetes UK is widely respected for its work on behalf of people with diabetes and this is why I am delighted and humbled to be asked to become Chairman. I look forward to working with the rest of the Board, the staff and volunteers to address the challenge of diabetes.
"The number of people with the condition is expected to rise dramatically over the next decade. This is why I am pleased to be able to play a role in helping Diabetes UK contribute to turning back the rising tide of Type 2 diabetes, and to campaign for people with all types of diabetes to get the support and healthcare they need to manage their condition. This gives them the best possible chance of a long and healthy life."