EarlyBird Diabetes Trust

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EarlyBird Diabetes Study: About the Trustees

Richard Morgan (Honorary Chairman) of the EarlyBird Diabetes Trust is a businessman with an international background, having served for 20 years in Brussels and Saudi Arabia. He returned to the UK in 1993 to manage two engineering companies in Plymouth and subsequently served with the University of Plymouth to establish the Tamar Science Park adjacent to Derriford Hospital. The Science Park developed a medical theme, leading him to substantial personal involvement with healthcare companies, the NHS and the EarlyBird project. Richard is currently engaged in a new science park programme seeking to establish a Marine Science Park in Plymouth.

Richard Price (Honorary Treasurer) qualified as a certified accountant in 1995. He is currently the Lead Management Accountant for the NHS primary care sector in Exeter, UK. He is married with two children of whom one, Bethan, is an EarlyBird. As well as Honorary Treasurer of the EarlyBird Diabetes Trust, Richard is the chair of Governors at Manadon Vale Primary School, Plymouth, UK.

Ruth Bill has been involved in education since graduating from university in 1967 until her retirement in 2004. Her most recent position as Head of Plymouth Hospital School combined her teaching skills with her interest in medicine. The school provides a service that enables children and young people with medical needs to continue their education. Her philosophy has always been to try to ensure equality of opportunity for all children and young people and to realistically encourage them to reach their full potential. She believes that this philosophy, together with her experiences at the Hospital School will ensure that she can make a worthwhile contribution as a Trustee.

Steve Golding Steve Golding has held senior positions within the retail sector for over thirty years and moved to Plymouth in 1982 to join Plymouth and South West Co-operative Society.  Following a period as General Manager of Derry’s Department Store, Steve was appointed Operations Manager for the non-food stores located throughout Devon and Cornwall.  Steve left the Society in 2001 and set up his own training and retail consultancy business.  In 2007 Steve was appointed Training and Development Manager for Exeter Business School. Steve is married with four children and enjoys outdoor pursuits and spending time on the river in Newton Ferrers where he lives.

He first met Linda Voss and Prof. Terry Wilkin in 2004 and couldn’t fail to be impressed with the work and dedication they and their team had put into the Earlybird project.  The more he found out the more he wanted to get involved and became a Trustee of the charity in 2007.

Jonathan Madge moved to Plymouth in 1996 to complete his training and qualify as a solicitor. After a spell in property law, he is now practising family law. He knew almost nothing about diabetes until his father suffered from type 2 diabetes in the last weeks of his life in 1993. Wishing to know more about the condition, and to help with research, he was delighted to become involved in the project and has been a Trustee since December 2001.

Wailim Wong is a central Government press officer for the South West region covering Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset for a number of Government departments and agencies (including DEFRA, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, Department for Transport, Department of Trade and Industry, Highways Agency, English Heritage). He is a former reporter and content editor of the Western Morning News and is currently chairman of Amnesty International South Devon Group. Wailim is an active member of Hospital Radio Plymouth based at Derriford Hospital.

Pattrick Frean has been Headteacher of a successful Plymouth comprehensive school for five years, having previously taught in Dorset, Peterborough and San Francisco.  He is particularly interested in evidence-based learning, and undertakes research and training for the University of Durham.  As time allows, Pattrick is an enthusiastic distance runner and sports participant.

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