Meet the judges

The panel of judges comprises recognised academics, clinicians, patient bloggers, nurses and commissioners working in diabetes. 

The judging chairs are Simon O’Neill, Director of Health Intelligence and Professional Liaison, Diabetes UK and Dr Paru King, Consultant Physician, Derby Hospitals

Simon qualified from St Thomas' Hospital, London as a registered nurse in 1989 and specialised in paediatrics at Guy’s Hospital in 1991. Following several years working in both general and renal paediatrics, he moved to Diabetes UK in 1995 as a nurse care adviser.

Twenty-one years later he is still there, although now as Director of Health Intelligence and Professional Liaison. As Director he is responsible for ensuring Diabetes UK produces accurate and up to date information and advice on all aspects of diabetes care, based on the latest evidence. Working closely with healthcare professional colleagues, he also advises on the charity’s policies and positions. He has had type 1 diabetes for 24 years.

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Paru has been a Consultant in Diabetes and Endocrinology in Derby since 2000.  Her clinical interests include diabetes and pregnancy and also integrated care. She is the physician lead for the diabetes and obstetrics service, and has clinically led and project managed the award winning PROCEED project, the first integrated model for preconception care.

She has been the clinical lead for integrated care in diabetes since 2011, and currently leads integrated diabetes services in Derby City using a model of care that has gained national recognition and is being promoted as an example of best practice by Diabetes UK. In 2014 she was appointed as a Diabetes UK local clinical.

She has been involved in a number of national projects with NHS Diabetes including the diabetes and pregnancy section of the diabetes commissioning toolkit, user involvement, and was on the Diabetes in Pregnancy network steering group.

Marc Atkin has been a Consultant in Diabetes, Endocrinology and Internal Medicine in Bath, UK since 2012 having trained on the south coast of England. He is lead for a diabetes inpatient care team which was shortlisted for the HSJ Patient Safety Award in 2014. Marc is diabetic foot lead for the RUH and has taken part in a SW Peer Review team that has successfully reduced amputation rates across the South West. 

Marc is clinical lead for the development of an integrated diabetes care service which is now being extended to cover 3 CCGs in the SW of England. He was also part of the WEAHSN team that recently won the Diabetes Digital Coach bid to serve as a NHS England test bed.

His interests include service development, patient safety and innovation in service delivery. He is currently attending Haelo in Salford, undertaking training in Quality Improvement Science. He has previously served as Chair of Young Diabetologists Forum (YDEF) and is currently on the committee of Association of British Clinical Diabetologists (ABCD) and is part of their group working to improve T1 diabetes care in the UK.

Andy graduated from the University of York in 2003 with a Master’s degree in Economics.  He is the current chair of the Sheffield Group of Diabetes UK and is involved in a number of local initiatives to help support those in his local community who live with diabetes. He has organised a number of patient-led events to help bring people with diabetes closer to their local healthcare team. He is the patient representative on his CCG’s Diabetes Executive Group which meets bi-monthly to review local diabetes services.

Andy also sits on Diabetes UK’s Council of People Living with Diabetes which acts as a sounding board for the charity’s trustees and senior staff. He writes a monthly blog for the charity on his experiences of living with Type 1 diabetes and acts as a service champion in his local area.

He has spoken at ACDC, YDEF and the 2016 Diabetes UK professional conference about what living with Type 1 diabetes is like, adding a patient voice to issues such as diabetes education. In addition to these voluntary roles Andy runs his own consultancy company. He has had Type 1 diabetes since 2002.

Thomas graduated from Kings College in 2003, with a degree in Economics, and then undertook a Masters in Psychology also at Kings. Upon leaving University Thomas worked at GMTV as a junior producer before moving into the pharmaceutical industry.

Thomas joined Sanofi in 2007 as a hospital specialist, and from there moved into an NHS market Access role focussing on Diabetes and Cardiovascular as therapy areas.

In 2010 Thomas moved into the Marketing team to work on Sanofi’s insulin portfolio moving into a Brand Manager position in 2012. His role now encompasses professional relations with regard to strategic advocacy development and bespoke NHS partnership projects.

Thomas lives in Guildford, and when not at work can be found cycling the Surrey Hills.

Anne Claydon is Nurse Consultant at Barts Health, which consists of The Royal London, St Bartholomew’s, Newham and Whips Cross hospitals. She is also a Lecturer Practitioner at City University, where she runs the diabetes care modules.

Anne is a committee member of the Diabetes Inpatient Specialist Nurse Group and a member of the National Diabetes Inpatient Audit group. She is also a member of the National Diabetes Partnership Board. Anne has participated in the writing of the JBDS guidelines for HHS and DKA.

Anne Claydon is particularly interested in diabetes inpatient care, and educating staff to provide better care for people with diabetes whilst they are in hospital.

Debbie is a Nurse Consultant in diabetes and obesity. She was Vice Chair of the National Obesity Forum from 2006 – 2016 and is now a National Diabetes Clinical Champion for DUK.

She also works across two trusts in North East London as a diabetes nurse specialist and is also involved with the local CCGs, working on the obesity and diabetes local strategies. She works as a Nurse Consultant in Harley Street at the Centre for Health and Human Performance with Professor Greg Whyte and Professor David Haslam. Debbie also works with the Diabetes Think Tank, the APPG for diabetes, calling for government action on diabetes. She has written two books and has published several articles on diabetes and obesity and has now completed an MSC in diabetes at Leicester University

Dr Parijat De is a Consultant Physician in Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Lipid Metabolism at City Hospital (Sandwell & West Birmingham NHS Trust), Birmingham.

He started as a Consultant Physician in January 2003 having trained as a Specialist Registrar in Wales.

He has a wide interest and expertise in all aspects of Diabetes, especially in the field of Metabolic Medicine and Diabetes Renal disease. His special interest in Diabetes is Metabolic Syndrome as well as the growing problem of obesity including new oral and injectable therapies for weight loss. He has published widely in his field and pursues an active research interest.

He has set up a regular nurse-led diabetic renal review clinic and is involved in research and projects involving diabetic nephropathy and renal disease. He has also set up community based diabetes clinics in Birmingham, which are amongst the first in the country. He has received national acclaim for the Diabetes in Community Extension (DiCE) work.

He has an active interest in all aspects of Endocrinology and has regular out-patient clinics as well as managing in-hospital referrals. His special interest is in the adrenal gland, endocrine hypertension, Thyroid and Vitamin D deficiency.

He is involved in both undergraduate and postgraduate MRCP teaching and is an MRCP examiner and host. He has previously been the trust Clinical Governance Lead, College Tutor and is currently the Clinical Lead. He has set up local protocols and guidelines in most aspects of metabolic medicine including emergencies in diabetes as well as endocrinology.

Kate qualified from Barts, London in 1996. Working part-time as a registrar gave Kate the opportunity to broaden her interests by taking up a two year part time secondment for NHS Diabetes in 2008 whilst also joining the Think Glucose team at the NHS Institute in Warwick. These experiences ignited a passion for service improvement and it was a natural move for Kate to take up a lead consultant post for the new West Hampshire Community Diabetes Service (WHCDS), launched in April 2010.

Patient empowerment has been at the heart of Kate’s strategy for developing an intermediate community service which has relocated type 1 and type 2 diabetes care into the community and is supported by a portfolio of education for patients and healthcare professionals alike. Patient engagement has been vital to the success of the service.

As a team, the community diabetes service has invested heavily in leadership development, leading to successful nominations at the 2013 Quality in Care Awards and HSJ Care Integration Awards. The team were shortlisted for both leadership and diabetes team categories at the BMJ awards 2014. In 2015 the WHCDS was one of the first community diabetes services to be successfully recommissioned. 

This year Kate was privileged to be asked to deliver the Mary MacKinnon lecture at Diabetes UK annual professional conference. Kate took this opportunity to encourage healthcare professionals to be bold in designing services that meet the needs of their community.

Dr. Roselle Herring is a Consultant Physician in Diabetes and Endocrinology at Royal Surrey County Hospital. Her research interest involves using metabolic isotope technology to study glucose metabolism. She completed her MD at the University of Surrey. 

Roselle also has a keen interest in medical education, having developed and led in partnership with Lilly UK the nationally available 'Admission to Discharge' Inpatient Diabetes Education Tool for healthcare professionals. She was a member of the YDEF committee for 4 years and has played a leading role in the development of a number of training courses for specialist trainees in diabetes in the UK, many of which are now recommended components of the national training curriculum. 

Roselle has delivered invited talks at national conferences including Diabetes UK Professional Conference and the Royal Colleges of Physicians. She has also advanced the work on medical ward rounds having published widely and contributed to the development of Joint RCN / RCP guidance on best practice on ward rounds.

Adele Holcombe Specialist Diabetes Dietitian / Practitioner working for North East Essex Diabetes Service since 2012. Qualified as a Registered Dietitian in 2007 from the University of Surrey, gained a broad experience in all areas of dietetics, mainly oncology, stroke and artificial nutrition support; however following an interest in public health and obesity moved into diabetes in 2010.

Clinical interests include diabetes in young people/ transition, improving access to new technologies/ virtual clinics and structured education for type 1 & 2 diabetes. My Current job role involves being lead clinician for the insulin pump service and working to improve outcomes and empower pump users, this has included developing an insulin pump database to help track patient consumable ordering, quality of life and clinical progress- this was shortlisted as a QiC finalist in 2015. Also regular teaching on the advanced management of diabetes course at the University of Essex, Antenatal clinics, delivering DAFNE, DESMOND, XPERT and regular local patient education programmes.

I take a leading role in service improvement projects for people with diabetes and local Audit. Current projects include working in association with the National Diabetes Prevention Programme and Essex County Council public health and wellbeing team to improve local pathways and health professional knowledge and access to these as well as developing new initiatives for those with existing diabetes. And recently involved with the joint development of a new education programme for type 2 insulin users.

Shantell a Diabetes Nurse Consultant is employed by CNWL NHS Trust at Camden Diabetes Integrated Practice Unit (IPU), one of the first in the country. Shantell has over 15 years’ experience as a Diabetes Specialist Nurse within Primary, Community and Hospital Care, mainly in North Central London and Bedfordshire. Shantell has a keen interest in care closer to home, population improvement of diabetes care, supporting self-management and management of complex patients with psychological needs. She currently runs a joint clinic with diabetes psychologist and working with the newly forming Psychosis IPU with joint working and management of people with Diabetes and Serious Mental Illness.

Munachiso is a research fellow at King’s College Hospital and Chair of the Young Diabetologists and Endocrinologists Forum, a trainee group that promotes education, communication and representation for specialist junior doctors. Muna’s research interests include hypoglycaemia, diabetes technology and neuroimaging. She is currently undertaking a PhD which focusses on the effects of hypoglycaemia on the brain, particularly in those who have lost their hypoglycaemia awareness. A member of Diabetes UK, ABCD and the BMA multi-specialty working group, Muna is keen to encourage sharing of high quality innovation with the ultimate aim of improving patient care.

Dr Rustam Rea is a consultant in Diabetes and Acute General Medicine at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.  His specialist interest is in inpatient diabetes care and integrated diabetes care.  He is part of the leadership team implementing a large quality improvement programme for inpatient diabetes care at OUH.  This consists of an expanded inpatient diabetes team, creating new education modules for all staff and implementing new IT solutions across the Trust.  He has spent the last 8 years developing new models of integrated Diabetes care bringing together primary and secondary care.  He was Co-Chair of First Diabetes, Derby working in a clinically unified partnership organisation between primary and secondary care.  First Diabetes was recognised for its innovative cross-organisational approach to diabetes care in several national awards.  He is also Editor in Chief of Practical Diabetes (, with a readership of 16,000 diabetes healthcare professionals in the UK and according to the 2015 hospital readership survey the most widely read Diabetes journal in secondary care.​

Becky graduated from Salford University in 1994 with an Economics degree and then undertook her Chartered Institute of Marketing Diploma at Nottingham Business School. She joined AstraZeneca as a medical representative selling within CV and respiratory and spent a further nine years there in a number of roles including sales, management and training.

Joining Aventis as a hospital specialist to launch and sell Lantus followed a 6 month stint at Pharmaceutical Field, the publication for the industry, as an events co-ordinator. During her time at Aventis (now Sanofi) Becky has experienced a number of commercial and medical roles, providing valuable experience and forging a number of relationships across the company, the industry and amongst the NHS.

These roles include time in sales, a Diabetes Scientific Advisor - where she was responsible for a number of projects including a publications committee for the Warwick Diabetes Care Insulin for Life programme which delivered a number of peer reviewed publications, and between 2006 and 2010 Becky managed the diabetes and cardiovascular scientific advisor medical team.

In January 2011 Becky became the Head of Professional Relations for Sanofi Diabetes, a role which has enabled Sanofi to support programmes such as QiC Diabetes, free apps for children with diabetes such as Monster Manor and Mission T1D and enable Becky to become a “font of all knowledge” for the diabetes world on social media.  In 2016 this role was extended to include  Cardiovascular Disease. 

Michelle Stafford is a Diabetes Specialist Podiatrist specialising in diabetes and vascular wound care.  She trained at Queen Margaret College, Edinburgh, where she developed her interest in diabetes and wound care, after placements in the Diabetic Foot Clinic, Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.  She currently leads the Diabetic Foot Clinic at Epsom Hospital. Previously she has worked as a Diabetes Specialist Podiatrist and Diabetes Podiatry Manager in East Kent.  She also was seconded to the role of Diabetes Network Manager for East Kent in 2006/7, where her role was to implement the Diabetes NSF.

Garry Tan has been a consultant in diabetes since 2007 and clinical lead in the Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology & Metabolism since 2012. Garry has been described as “a huge change agent” and he is uncertain if this is a compliment or not. He has been involved in the development of services in Derby then in Oxford, and his work is underpinned by a drive to improve patient care and a conviction that “things can be done better”. His clinical interests have included various aspects of the management of type 2 diabetes (including his most recent published research on the use of new cannabinoids as a new treatment for diabetes), organisation and delivery of diabetes care, and lipids. He sits on various national committees but is most proud of the difference he’s made to the care of individual patients.

Kev Winchcombe is an IT geek during the week and enjoys cycling, surfing and travelling when time allows, but above everything he is proud to call himself a Diabetes Dad. His daughter Amy was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 10 and since then Kev has launched into learning lots about Type 1 Diabetes with the sole purpose to help Amy live a normal life, especially throughout the teenage years.

He is an active member of the Diabetes Online Community both on Twitter and on Facebook, has been a peer supporter for Diabetes UK and is a peer supporter with last year's QIC finalists Sugarbuddies. Through his cycling Kev has raised thousands of pounds for JDRF and INPUT by cycling to Paris and in the Prudential Ride London Surrey 100.

In January 2015 Kev became very involved with the DIY medical tech solution called Nightscout when he was one of the first in the UK to build an xDrip wireless bridge device. Since then Kev, his daughter and colleagues from the Nightscout UK support term have gone on to give many presentations to Doctors, Professors, HCPs, JDRF, Diabetes UK and national conferences and education days.

Kev blogs about Type 1 Diabetes at

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