Conference Steering Committee

We are pleased to introduce our 2019 Conference Steering Committee members. Each member of the committee brings with them unique insights and a wealth of experience to ensure that the DPC2019 conference programme continues to deliver unique and valuable education and information for our visitors. We are hugely grateful for the time and effort given by each of our committee members.
Maggie Meer, Founder & CEO, DPC

Mike Sadler

Dr Mike Sadler
Clinical Non-Executive Director, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust & DPC2019 Conference Chair

Dr Mike Sadler is Clinical Non-Executive Director at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, and works as an advisor and consultant on a range of health and social care services. He has reviewed healthcare design in several health systems in the UK, Ireland, and in Saudi Arabia. Mike advises on health technology in health care, and new entry pharmaceuticals. He also completed over 50 inspections as a primary care specialist adviser for the CQC.

Having assisted the DPC team in its development from late 2014, Mike chaired the inaugural Diabetes Professional Care Conference in 2015, and has chaired each year since. He recently led an innovative project to screen football fans for diabetes, the first such event at a professional football match. Mike has spoken at numerous national and international conferences, and on broadcast media.

Mike qualified in Medicine in Nottingham, and was a GP principal in Hampshire before moving into Public Health Medicine. Having achieved MSc with Distinction at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, he joined Portsmouth & South East Hampshire Health Authority, holding joint posts of Deputy Director of Public Health, and Medical Adviser. He subsequently held multiple senior clinical leadership roles in national organisations in both public and private sectors, including Chief Operating Officer at NHS Direct, and then Chief Operating Officer for Serco’s Health Division. His last full time appointment was Director of Health & Social Care at West Sussex County Council.

Mike thus has an enormous breadth of experience, having been a leader, manager, clinician, provider, commissioner, operational lead, policy maker, and quality assessor.

Abbey Kitt

Abigail Kitt
Quality Improvement Lead (Diabetes), NHS England – South East Clinical Networks

Abigail joined the NHS in 2000 as a Manager for the Kent & Medway Cancer Network. She then went on to work for NHS Diabetes in 2004. Since 2004 she has worked exclusively in diabetes management in the NHS, Charity and Pharma company sectors. Currently she works for NHS England at the South East Clinical Networks as the Senior Quality Improvement Lead for Diabetes.

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Prof Alan Sinclair
Director, Foundation for Diabetes Research in Older People (FDROP), Diabetes Frail Ltd

Professor Alan Sinclair is an international expert in diabetes and clinical gerontology and is Director of the Foundation for Diabetes Research in Older People at Diabetes Frail Ltd based in Bedfordshire, England. Professor Sinclair is also Hon Professor of Diabetes at the Heart of England NHS University Hospital in Birmingham UK, and Hon Professor of Metabolic Medicine at Aston University. He is a former Professor of Medicine at the University of Bedfordshire and former Dean at the Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Postgraduate Medical School.

He has provided advice for the UK NICE organisation, Diabetes UK, ABCD, Joint British Diabetes Societies, Care Quality Commission (CQC) and the UK Government Department of Health on matters relating to diabetes in older people. He has produced international guidelines on diabetes care for older people available on

He has interests in ageing and frailty, nutrition, stroke illness, end of life diabetes care, care home diabetes and cognitive dysfunction/Alzheimer’s disease. He co-led the development of the IDF Guideline on Managing Older People with Type 2 Diabetes and is Chair of the European Diabetes Working Party for Older People (EDWPOP) which has produced three sets of international clinical guidance.  Alan has been designated a WHO Expert in Diabetes and recently appointed to a World Expert Group on Frailty by the WHO. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of the IAGG in 2013 for services to older people and diabetes.  He is the author of many papers in the area of geriatrics, frailty, nutrition and diabetes. Professor Sinclair has been involved in collaboration in 6 EU-funded projects connected with frailty and older people including patients with diabetes.

After successfully establishing in 2008, the first Institute of its kind devoted to diabetes in older people (Institute of Diabetes for Older People, IDOP) he launched in 2014, Diabetes Frail, a not for profit research organisation dedicated to developing high quality research in older people and in those with diabetes, frailty and/or dementia.

Anne Kilvert

Dr Anne Kilvert
Diabetes Centre, Northampton General Hospital

Anne qualified from University College Hospital, London. At an early stage in her career she moved to the Midlands and by good fortune was offered a job in the Diabetes Clinic at the General Hospital, Birmingham. This led to a lifelong passion for diabetes, a specialty she has now been working in for almost 40 years. After specialist training at the General Hospital and at Northampton General Hospital, Anne became a consultant with a special interest in diabetes in Northampton in 1995. Her particular areas of interest include type 1 diabetes, diabetic pregnancy and the diabetic foot. More recently she become interested in the challenges facing older people who are living with diabetes.

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Dr Charles Fox
R&D Unit, Northampton General Hospital

Charles is a faculty member of the Knuston Hall Diabetes Counselling and Empowerment course, which has now been running for over 30 years and teaches health care professionals how to empower people with diabetes to manage their own condition.

Charles qualified in medicine from Oxford University and St. Thomas' Hospital and trained in diabetes centres at Leicester, Poole, St Thomas', Exeter and Bristol. Since 1980 he has been consultant physician with a special interest in diabetes at Northampton General Hospital.

His special interests in diabetes are education, communication and patient empowerment, with particular emphasis on diabetes in people at each end of the spectrum, that is young adults and older people with diabetes. Since 1986 Charles has organised an annual counselling and empowerment course for health care professionals working in diabetes:
Charles has worked with the R&D unit at Northampton General Hospital since it was founded in 1982 and has been Principal Investigator in a large number of studies, including UKPDS, DESMOND, 4T and FOURIER. He have recently become interested in the problem of diabetes and dementia and the training of professionals who work in this area.

Chris Aldred

Chris Aldred
PWD (Grumpy Pumper)

Chris was diagnosed with Type1 Diabetes in 1994 at the age of 25. Fifteen years later he attended his first structure Diabetes event in the form a sports weekend which was also attended by 49 other people with Type1 Diabetes. The formal education sessions taught Chris more about his diabetes than he had learnt in years since his diagnosis.

The experience of spending time with other people with diabetes was invaluable. Motivated to focus more on his own Diabetes management Chris joined social media groups and started to blog as “The Grumpy Pumper”.

He firmly believes that the power of social media and the Diabetes Online Community (DOC) can help to motivate and support people with Diabetes to manage their Diabetes the way that they want to in order to achieve the Quality of Life that they desire.

Dr David Cavan

Dr David Cavan
Independent Consultant & Author

Dr David Cavan is one of the UK’s leading experts on diabetes self-management. He worked for 17 years as a consultant at the Bournemouth Diabetes and Endocrine Centre. Around ten years ago he began to explore the role of diet in type 2 diabetes and formulated his thinking that a low carbohydrate diet could be beneficial in type 2 diabetes, and also in type 1 diabetes.

He published ‘Reverse your diabetes: the step by step plan to take control of type 2 diabetes’ in 2014, and has just published ‘Take control of type 1 diabetes’, both books combining his expertise in self-management and his experience in advising low carbohydrate diets. He will be publishing ‘The low-carb diabetes cookbook’ in November 2018.

David Lipscomb

Dr David Lipscomb
Clinical Lead Diabetes Care for You, Sussex Community Health NHS Trust

David is a Consultant in Community Diabetoloigst at East Sussex Community NHS Trust. He has a strong clinical interest in diabetes in pregnancy having previously been part of a National pre pregnancy NHS diabetes group leading to development of the "SAFER" leaflet. David was also part of the Diabetes Section of the Map of medicine and has been Clinical Lead for Diabetes for the South Coast Clinical Network for the past 2 years.

He is a regular member of the Westminster diabetes think tank and has contributed to the National Audit Office value in diabetes project as well as a CQC thematic review. Within endocrinology David has been a National Pituitary tumour service peer reviewer, deputy lead of the Sussex Pituitary MDT and cofounder of the East Sussex adrenal MDT. David has a passion for promoting high quality care within diabetes and endocrinology.

Dr David Unwin

Dr David Unwin
Senior GP Partner, Norwood Surgery, Southport, Liverpool

Dr David Unwin FRCGP is senior partner of the Norwood Surgery in Southport near Liverpool, UK where he has worked since 1986 as a family doctor. For the past few years he has been a Royal College of General Practitioners expert clinical advisor on diabetes. As a result of his interests in both better communication with patients and Type 2 diabetes he was made Royal College of General Practice National Champion for Collaborative Care and Support Planning in Obesity & Diabetes in 2015.

In 2016 he was the proud National winner of the NHS Innovator Of The Year Award for published research into lifestyle changes; working with patients’ personal health goals as an alternative to drug therapy in type 2 diabetes –so that his GP practice spends £38,000 per year less than expected on drugs for diabetes.

He is particularly interested in the low carb-diet as an alternative to lifelong medication in type 2 diabetes and obesity. As part of this he has also published research into improving lipid profiles, liver function and blood pressure by reducing dietary carbohydrate, especially sugar.

His work has been covered by both BBC, C4 & C5 television, The New Scientist, The Times and The BMJ.

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Debbie Hicks
Nurse Consultant – Diabetes, Barnet Enfield & Haringey MHT, Co-Chair TREND-UK and Chair, ITM

Debbie began in diabetes nursing in 1990 where she developed the Diabetes Specialist Nursing Service in Hull from being a lone practitioner to being the lead DSN with seven other DSN colleagues.

In September 2005 she moved south to take up the post of Nurse Consultant – Diabetes. She leads a team of four nurses and two administrative staff. The role of the Enfield Intermediate Diabetes Nursing team is to provide high-quality, patient-centred diabetes care based within the community. Education is provided for both people with diabetes and healthcare professionals, and support is given to practice-based teams to provide structured diabetes care for their patients.

She has been involved in various national groups, including as the Chair of the Diabetes Nursing Strategy Group. She was Chair of the National Nurse Consultant Group from 2012 – 2014.

Debbie has published over a hundred and thirty papers in the UK, Italy, France and the United States, with eighty as first author, since she began in diabetes nursing in 1990. Topics of publication include insulin therapy, injection device choice, injection technique, blood glucose monitoring, care delivery, patient education, service redesign and many more. She has presented papers in the UK, Belgium, Norway, New Zealand, Israel, Switzerland and the Republic of Ireland.

Debbie was a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Diabetes Nursing since it was first published in 1996 and included her “Diabetes Issues” problem page. She was the Editor-in-Chief from 2007 until November 2017. Debbie is now on the Editorial Board of The Diabetes Times journal.

Debbie is a founding member and Co-Chair of TREND-UK (Training, Research and Education for Nurses in Diabetes-UK) that was launched in January 2010. TREND-UK published the 4th Edition of An Integrated Career and Competency Framework for Diabetes Nursing in October 2015. In 2009 Debbie started the Forum for Injection Technique UK.

Graham Bowen

Graham Bowen
Podiatry Clinical Service Manager, Solent NHS Trust

With over 30 years of experience working in various NHS clinical and leadership positions across the country, Graham is at present the Podiatry Clinical Lead for Solent NHS Trust, a large Community Provider covering 5 CCG across Portsmouth, Southampton and South Hampshire.

Graham’s clinical passion is in diabetes and its secondary complications impacting on the foot. He has a keen interest in joined working across all sectors to improve clinical outcomes for patient with diabetes foot disease. Graham has focused his career on diabetes and diabetes related foot disease. He has lead and developed new service models and has a passion for innovation in diabetes related intervention and products that will improve outcomes for patients. He is the current Chair of FDUK.

He enjoys educating and developing the future workforce to continue the work to prevent foot ulceration and lower limb amputation. He has presented both locally, nationally and internally on diabetic foot disease. He is the current Chair of FDUK.

Dr Katherine Barnard

Prof Katharine Barnard
PhD, CPsychol, AFBPsS Health Psychologist, Bournemouth University

Chartered Health Psychologist, Visiting Professor and internationally renowned expert on the psychosocial aspects of diabetes. Prof Barnard has extensive experience in developing the evidence base and theory behind psychological interventions, in clinical trials design, management, analysis, reporting, dissemination and exploitation of project outcomes.

Her research portfolio spans psychosocial aspects of diabetes management, health technology assessment, translational medicine and impact of technologies on the lives of people with diabetes. Leading the psychosocial investigation on several clinical trials including the impact of artificial pancreas devices, the impact of a lifestyle intervention for adults with schizophrenia at risk of T2D, longitudinal comparison of CSII versus MDI, web-based interventions for depression and diabetes, minimising the impact of risk taking behaviours for young adults with T1D, and improving communication between healthcare professionals and people with diabetes.

She is an Expert Adviser to NICE and the All Party Parliamentary Group on Diabetes, past Chair of the Diabetes UK Annual Professional Conference Organising Committee. Professor Barnard is an expert member of several global advisory boards and is an editorial board member of three international diabetes medical journals.

She has published over 170 scientific articles, is co-author on national and international guidelines, and has authored a book and several book chapters on psychology and diabetes. Professor Barnard’s goal is to minimise the burden of diabetes and improve the quality of life for people living with diabetes.

Kelly Carden

Kelly Carden
Community diabetes nurse – development post, West Hampshire Community Diabetes Service, Southern Health NHS trust

Kelly is a nurse with type 1 diabetes. She is passionate about sharing her journey and experiences of life with type 1 through her blog, articles published in national diabetes magazines including DUK & DRWF and speaking at national and local conferences. Kelly delivers presentations to health care professionals and local universities to give an insight of living with type 1 diabetes.

Following her diagnosis in 2013, Kelly helped to set up a local peer support, Sugar buddies, in Hampshire. Sugar buddies support patients and health care professionals to help improve experience and services offered to people with diabetes. Sugar buddies was awarded 'highly commended' at the Quality in Care awards in 2015.

In 2016 Kelly, along with 16 others, cycled from London to Paris. Between them they raised approx. 6.5k for the local hospitals diabetes charities, JDRF & DUK. Since achieving this Kelly is keen to help raise awareness of exercise and diabetes.

Maggie McDonald

Maggie McDonald
Diabetes Specialist Nurse, West Hampshire Community Diabetes Service, Southern Health NHS trust

Diabetes Specialist Nurse with extensive experience having worked in a variety of secondary care trusts and, since 2010, in the award winning West Hampshire Community Diabetes Service. Particularly interested in type 1 diabetes education to improve self-efficacy and empower patients to manage their diabetes to their best ability. WHCDS promotes virtual clinics and supports people to upload their glucose meters, reflect on their glucose data and supports them to make any changes indicated.

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Dr Partha Kar
Diabetes Consultant & National Associate Clinical Director Diabetes, NHS England

Dr Partha Kar has been a Consultant in Diabetes & Endocrinology at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust since 2008. He has been the Clinical Director of Diabetes from 2009-2015, being part of a multiple national award-winning department (HSJ Awards / BMJ Awards) due to its services and care provided.

One of his main areas or passion is in helping to redesign diabetes care in an attempt to integrate chronic disease management across primary and secondary care. He is the pioneer of the Super Six Diabetes Model which aims to deliver diabetes care differently. He is an avid user of social media such as twitter (@parthaskar) to engage with patients - and been recognised as a "Social media Pioneer" by HSJ in 2014. Recent innovations have involved the Hypoglycaemia Hotline, which was recognised in the Guardian Healthcare Awards 2013.

He is also the co-creator of TAD talks (Talking About Diabetes) and the Type 1 Diabetes comic (“Origins”)- while also involved in setting up a Type 1 Diabetes information portal (

He is also Associate National Clinical Director, Diabetes with NHS England leading on developing the NHS RightCare Diabetes pathway; leading on Freestyle Libre being available on NHS tariff and helping to coordinate the development of the Diabetes “Language Matters” document.

Sarah Gregory

Sarah Gregory
In-Patient Diabetes Specialist Nurse, East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust

Sarah Gregory is the In-Patient DSN at the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital in Margate, one of three acute hospitals in East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust.

Sarah moved into Diabetes Care in 2000, having been a District Nurse and worked initially in Primary Care as a Community DSN. Since  2008 she has been  an In-Patient DSN – she set up the In-Patient DSN service in East Kent, developing an electronic referral system, improving diabetes care in the acute setting and auditing and identifying areas  for improvement.

She has developed and delivered a three day training programme for in-patient nurses to improve standards of diabetes care in the acute setting, which is now delivered across all three sites, and components of this are also used in Junior Doctor training.

For her work during ‘Hypo Awareness week’ in 2017, she was nominated for a Quality in Care award, coming 2nd in this national award – for development of resources for prevention and management of hypoglycaemia in hospital

Sarah has also worked with other disciplines and agencies to develop, deliver and evaluate a three day Foundation Course for GP’s and Practice Nurses, delivery of diabetes education to care home and nursing homes, as well as workshops for those working within Mental Health.

Sarah is a Diabetes UK Clinical champion – a national role working locally to raise the profile of Diabetes in East Kent, and to look at collaborative working and influencing others in improving diabetes care.

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Sarah (Tutton) Bone
Chief Executive, Diabetes Research & Wellness Foundation (DRWF)

Sarah has worked with the Diabetes Research & Wellness Foundation (DRWF) since the group’s inception in the UK in 1999 becoming Chief Executive in 2005. She has overseen the development and growth of all of the charity’s activities to its current status as a recognised provider of funds for diabetes research both in the UK and around the world and a credible source of authoritative information and support to those living with diabetes. This year, DRWF (UK) is celebrating its 20th anniversary year.

DRWF was founded in the US in 1993 to raise funds for research and to provide support to people living with Type 1 diabetes. The UK group started in 1998 and became fully active in 1999 providing information and support to people living with all forms of diabetes whilst funding an annual research programme in the UK. DRWF has grown internationally and now incorporates the US, UK, France, Sweden and Finland with groups in their infancy in Norway and Denmark. Whilst each group works autonomously in their respective countries, collectively DRWF provides international research funding under the umbrella of the Diabetes Research & Wellness Network. Together, the DRWF groups have committed more than 65 million Euros to awareness, educational support programmes and research funding since 1993.

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