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Baroness Barbara Young takes office

Baroness Barbara Young has today started as newly appointed Chief Executive at Diabetes UK. She takes over from Douglas Smallwood, who had held the position since September 2004.

Barbara said: "I'm so pleased to be leading this great charity in its continued efforts to improve the lives of people with diabetes.

Consolidating the good work

"Of course, taking on the mantle of Chief Executive means consolidating and improving the good work the charity does. Diabetes UK has three strategic priorities to achieve – quality care for all, healthy lifestyle and research for a better life.

"Everyone who works and volunteers for Diabetes UK is involved in achieving these goals. Whether involved in lobbying local NHS providers or the Government, raising awareness, fundraising or providing support and information, everyone at Diabetes UK is working to improve the lives of people with diabetes.

"I will ensure that I lead Diabetes UK to achieve the three strategic priorities efficiently and cost-effectively, which will have the greatest impact on the lives of the people we represent.

Pressing issues to address

"For Diabetes UK and the people we represent, there are some pressing issues to address from the Government’s White Paper in July, and last month’s Comprehensive Spending Review.

"Diabetes UK will be at the heart of ensuring that the NHS involves the very people who will use their services in designing and developing the care they need.

Shaping the future

"I will work with the Board of Trustees, staff, volunteers and people with diabetes to ensure everyone is clear about the direction and their role in shaping the future."

Prior to Diabetes UK, Barbara most recently led the establishment of the Care Quality Commission, the quality regulator for health and social care.

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