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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.

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 (maternity cover)

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, 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 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 DUK Cymru on behalf of all people living with diabetes in Wales. 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.
 

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Emily Beach – 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.

Josh James – Policy and Public Affairs Manager

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. 

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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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