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.