Richard 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 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.
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. He 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 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.
Pattrick 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.
Sally Mountjoy is Health Correspondent with BBC South West, covering health and social care issues for television, radio and online news in the region. Originally from London, she worked in newspapers and independent radio before joining the BBC.
Sally has been involved in the EarlyBirds project from the start, as her son Jamie is an “EarlyBird”. She was delighted to be asked to join the trustees early in 2010.
Sally lives in the South Hams with her husband and three children.
Kerry would be happy to provide more information about the work of EarlyBird Diabetes Trust, or put you in contact with Prof Wilkin.