Introducing Chris Askew, new Chief Executive of Diabetes UK

Chris-Askew-150x150I’d like to introduce myself, as the new Chief Executive of Diabetes UK. The whole Diabetes UK family said thanks and farewell to the outgoing Chief Executive, Barbara Young, over the summer, and I joined the charity in September to continue on, I hope, from the huge advances made under Barbara’s ‘watch’.

Diabetes UK makes a huge impact and difference to the lives of those living with and at risk of diabetes, thanks to the support of so many of you – and I am committed to leading this huge overall effort to achieve even greater change in the future. I don’t believe the challenges and opportunities in how we prevent, manage and treat all types of diabetes have ever been greater than they are now, and I do hope we can count on your continued support as we pursue our ambitious strategy, Reach for the Stars.

Having arrived so recently at Diabetes UK, I know I have a huge amount to learn and want to hear as many views as possible about how we are doing and what else or what more we should be seeking to achieve. I’m looking forward to meeting as many of those working with and for Diabetes UK as I can in the coming months, and if you have any views on our work which you’d be willing to share with me, I would encourage you to get in touch with me by emailing You can also follow me on Twitter at @ChrisAskewCE or read my blogs.

There is plenty going on right now at Diabetes UK which I hope will interest you and lots of activities which you may wish to get involved with. I want to mention in particular Dress Diabolical, our new Halloween-themed fundraiser for home or at work, and our annual 15 Healthcare Essentials survey – your chance to tell us about the care you have received from the health service in the last year. I hope you’ll consider taking part.

Finally, after a summer in which some methods of contacting supporters by charities have rightly come under public scrutiny, I wanted to give you assurances on behalf of Diabetes UK. We believe, as we are sure you do, that there is a huge amount more we need to do as the UK’s leading diabetes charity to improve our understanding of diabetes, to challenge the huge differences across the UK in how people with diabetes are supported and cared for, and to do what we can to reverse the rising number of cases of Type 2 diabetes. We can only do this with the support of our many members, fundraisers, campaigners and donors, and we are committed to respecting your wishes about how you wish to be kept updated by us.

It is also vital that we bring many more people into contact with our work and encourage their support for helping us achieve our mission. To do this, we must continue to make new requests for support in our appeal to the public’s generosity. In all we do in our communications with our supporters, we commit to only acting in line with your wishes and to never sharing information we hold with third parties. Again, if you have any views on this, please do let me know.

Thank you for all the support you show Diabetes UK and I look forward to being able to tell you more about our progress and plans in the future.

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