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Meet the Diabetes UK Cymru team

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Dai Williams - Director

Born and raised in Merthyr Tydfil, I originally trained as a biochemist. I then worked for many years with the BBC in London and Cardiff, including work in the fields of education and health promotion. I now lead Diabetes UK’s work in Wales. My wife has Type 2 diabetes and my son has Type 1 diabetes.

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Jason Harding - Deputy Director

I have spent most of my career managing communications and campaigns work for health and children's charities across the UK. My role is to make sure that politicians, health professionals and key decision makers are clear on what they need to do to ensure people with diabetes, their family and carers get the support they deserve.

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Menna Plassman - Office Manager / Executive Assistant

I am bilingual and normally the first point of contact for telephone calls, email-enquries 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 wales@diabetes.org.uk .

 

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Sally Taylor-Goodwin - Communications Manager

My role is to communicate all the work that goes on here at Diabetes UK Cymru and raise awareness of diabetes in Wales. This includes speaking to people via Facebook, Twitter , Instagram, our website and also local and national media.  If you’re interested in sharing your story with us and other people living with diabetes, I’d love to hear from you: sally.taylor@diabetes.org.uk .

Rhian Liddiard - Volunteer Development Manager

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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.

 

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Emily Beach - Volunteering Support Officer

I provide support and training to all our current volunteers and recruit for new volunteers, especially for our Know Your Risk events across Wales. 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 Volunteer Development Manager to support our local groups, attend group meetings and provide advice and support.

Josh James - Policy and Public Affairs Manager

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My role is to develop our campaigns work in Wales to push for improvements to diabetes care across Wales. This includes meeting with politicians, healthcare professionals and other organisations to push for change. I also research policy that could help Diabetes UK to better diagnose Type 1 diabetes, and prevent people from developing Type 2 diabetes  

I manage our Diabetes Voices, a network of voluntary campaigners who make a difference by being a voice for people living with diabetes across Wales, and taking our message to local health boards and Government. makers.

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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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