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.