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Meet the Diabetes UK Cymru team

Rachel Burr- Director Diabetes UK Cymru

With 15 years of experience in the third sector, I come from a campaigining and policy background, with roles at Community Transport Association, Citizens Advice and Dogs Trust. I lead the team in our joint efforts to prevent diabetes, support and campaign for people living with the condition by improving access to care. I live in Bridgend with my husband, two children, a dog and three cats.

Rebecca Crane – Office Manager / Executive Assistant

I am normally the first point of contact for telephone calls, email enquiries and visitors to the office. I am also responsible for the charity’s finances in Wales. If you need any materials, posters or literature, for your own information or for use in hospitals or surgeries, please feel free to contact me at wales@diabetes.org.uk

Catarina Walsh – Communications Manager 

My role is to communicate all the work that goes on here at Diabetes UK Cymru from raising awareness of diabetes, to campaigns, events and a range of activities. This includes writing news and views stories, engaging with supporters and fundraisers via national and local media, social media networks and our website. I am a former BBC journalist and have worked for NHS Wales, councils and other public sector organisations as a communications officer as well as a communications and PR manager in the private sector.

If you’re interested in sharing your story with us and other people living with diabetes, I’d love to hear from you at catarina.walsh@diabetes.org.uk

Rhian Liddiard – Partnership Development Manager

My role is to manage the development of volunteering across Wales. I support all our volunteers and manage our network of local groups, who support people living with diabetes in their communities.

I work closely with our family groups and support them to organise events, which are a fantastic way for families to meet each other and share their experiences. I develop our volunteering opportunities across Wales and organise the annual Volunteer Conference and Inspire Awards, which recognise and reward the amazing work of our volunteers.

Leanne Jenkins – National Care Advisor Wales 

I have worked in diabetes care for many years as a diabetes specialist nurse in hospitals and the community setting. As the National Care Advisor, I have the opportunity to meet and work with people living with diabetes, diabetes healthcare professionals, people from the voluntary sector and other charities. The most important part of my role is to use my experience to advise, support and educate to ensure that people in Wales are getting the best standard of diabetes care. If I can help in any way, please do contact me at wales@diabetes.org.uk
 

Sean Newton – NHS Engagement Manager Wales

After 25 years in the NHS, I was National Adult Diabetes Network Co-ordinator for Wales. I worked across all NHS diabetes services in primary, secondary and community care settings. Responsible for supporting All Wales Government’s Diabetes Planning and Implementation Group national and locally through Health Boards.

I now lead in NHS Engagement for Diabetes UK Cymru on behalf of all people living with diabetes in Wales. I'm responsible for analysing National Diabetes Audit data and compiling State of the Nation Wales Diabetes Services 2019 report. I also led on the Holding To Account report on behalf of All Wales Diabetes Implementation Group, an in-depth cross-service provision summary of stakeholders' performance aligned with Diabetes Delivery Plan accountabilities 2016-2020.

Areas of special interest are the prevention of type 2 diabetes and working with Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities across Wales, in addition to helping those communities with the greatest needs.
 

Lucy Snell – Partnership Support Officer

I provide support and training to all our current volunteers and recruit for new volunteers. I manage awareness events and arrange for volunteers to attend on our behalf to raise awareness of diabetes and promote our services. I help the Partnership Development Manager to support our local groups, attend group meetings and provide advice and support.

Matthew Norman – Policy and Public Affairs Manager

My role is to advocate to improve diabetes care and prevention in Wales by working together with Members of the Senedd, the Welsh Government and other stakeholders to support the charity's vision of a world where diabetes can do no harm.

Before Diabetes UK Cymru, I worked for Deryn as an Account Manager, looking after a range of clients such as supporting Terrence Higgins Trust's campaign for zero new cases of HIV by 2030 or supporting smart meter rollout across Wales for Smart Energy GB. Before that, my previous role was working with Asthma and Lung UK in Wales as their Policy and Public Affairs Officer supporting the Charity's care and prevention work in Wales and working with Healthy Air Cymru calling for a new Clean Air Act for Wales. 

Joseph Cuff - Fundraising Manager

I work with our wonderful fundraisers all over Wales, who help us to raise vital funds to support people living with diabetes in Wales. 

We have lots of exciting ways for you to get involved in fundraising. There really is something for everyone, whether you want to challenge yourself by running a marathon, swim the English Channel, or walk 1 Million Steps with your family. You can organise your own event too.  Whatever your idea, I would love to hear from you: joseph.cuff@diabetes.org.uk

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