Simon O’Neill, Diabetes UK [chair, group head]

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.


  • KEY DATES
  • Launch at Diabetes UK Professional Conference 2018:
    14 March
  • Judging day: 19 July
  • Awards ceremony: 18 October
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