Roddy is an ex international cyclist who was diagnosed with T1D at the age of 40. Knowing nothing about the condition embarrassed Roddy as he felt he was a well-travelled person, racing all over the world for Great Britain and Scotland and if he didn’t know anything about T1D then chances are most folk wouldn’t either. Roddy decided he was going to try to raise awareness for T1D and that it shouldn't stop you achieving your goals in life. Roddy ran the 155 miles Marathon Des Sables in 2013 and got just short of 300 miles into the 352 mile 6633 Arctic Marathon before pulling out. Roddy is returning in 2017 as he felt he had unfinished business to take care of. Roddy’s motto is "Rule type 1 diabetes, don't let it rule you"
Mel is a student dietitian from Cardiff, has lived with T1D for over 15 years and has been on an insulin pump for nearly 10 of them. Mel is an international athlete, competing in the 100m and 200m sprints, and has done her best since diagnosis to not let diabetes stop her from achieving her goals. For the past couple of years Mel has also been blogging and vlogging about her journey with diabetes and sport to help raise awareness of the condition and to encourage others to achieve their sporting dreams.
Jen is a BBC digital producer, a broadcaster, writer and vlogger. She was diagnosed with T1D in 1996 and has blogged about the adventures and misadventures of life with T1D for seven years. She has no shame in making an idiot of herself, especially if she gets a good story out of it. The aim is always to empower people to live a full and happy life despite having a chronic illness in tow. Jen firmly believes that a healthy mind plays a huge part in her ability to tackle life with type 1.
Jane Cummings is the Chief Nursing Officer for England and Executive Director at NHS England. Before progressing into general management, Jane specialised in Emergency Care. She has held a wide variety of clinical and managerial roles including Director of Commissioning, Director of Nursing and Deputy Chief Executive. Jane was awarded Doctorates by Edge Hill University and by Bucks New University, and she is a visiting professor at Kingston University and St George’s University, London. She is also Director and trustee for Macmillan Cancer Support and a clinical Ambassador for the Over the Wall Children’s Charity where she volunteers as a nurse providing care for children affected by serious illnesses.
Gavin Griffiths was diagnosed with T1D at the age of 8 and struggled to accept the condition during early childhood / school years, particularly feeling there was a lack of encouragement with sports and exercise. Following a stint at semi-professional football, Gavin went into ultra-running and endurance challenges to fundraise for and inspire diabetes communities. Following early successes he was honoured as a London 2012 Olympic Torchbearer for his home cities Olympic games and has since accomplished over 70 endurance feats across 6 continents of the world, including once running from John O'Groats to Land's End! Gavin is known as 'The DiAthlete' and helps to provide educational events for young patients with diabetes, whilst currently also the lead coordinator for the IDF Young Leaders in Diabetes programme.
Adrian is a 59 year old semi-retired teacher, working as a university admissions advisor in the school in Lancashire where he taught for 35 years. Adrian developed T1D out of the blue at the age of 40, having previously been fit and healthy. For 16 years Adrian was too busy living his life to take much interest in his condition. Soon after he joined Twitter in 2011, he stumbled across the GBDOC - the online diabetic community. Adrian realised that here was a community of people who, like the condition, are completely random, and he now has a set of supportive friends of all ages, both genders and many different backgrounds. We have diabetes in common, but talk online about anything and everything.
Joe was diagnosed with T1D at the age of 10. At that time sport was a huge part of Joe’s life and becoming a pro athlete was a childhood dream. Joe now competes as part of Team Novo Nordisk, the world's first all-diabetes professional cycling team.
Lis has had T1D since 1965. She is an active volunteer, patient advocate and supporter of the NHS as well as diabetes charities including Diabetes UK, INPUT and the JDRF.
Laura was diagnosed with T1D at the age of 16. She is now a third year student nurse and diabetes advocate and has a huge presence on social media, under the alias of Ninjabetic. Laura aims to help support peers and families with T1D.
Weston has a son who was diagnosed with T1D when he was 12 months old. Unable to find the right support, Weston and his wife took matters into their own hands and set up The Nightscout Foundation in 2014, which aims to help alleviate the suffering of those struggling with T1D.
Jamie was diagnosed with T1D in 2010, two weeks before his successful election into parliament. James was determined not to let this life-changing diagnosis stand in his way and committed himself to using his new found position to make a difference to the lives of others living with the condition.
Anne was diagnosed with T1D in 1979 and has experienced the evolution of diabetes treatments over the years. Anne is now a senior nurse and champions the involvement of patients and citizens in their own care.
Richard was Diabetes UK’s first ever Ambassador, was diagnosed with T1D in 1976. While President of Diabetes UK, Richard has travelled over 35,000 miles for the charity – an equivalent of more than once round the world. In January 2005, Richard was the first person in the UK to receive revolutionary islet cell transplants.
TAD talks aim to bring together individuals who have inspirational stories to share in the context of living with diabetes. The goal is to inspire us to think differently about diabetes; removing barriers and harnessing innovation and new technologies. We aim to generate discussion and new thinking through shared experience.
The TAD talk concept was brought to life by three doctors who specialise in diabetes and want to support and empower those with diabetes to achieve their potential and live well.