DRWF was established in the USA in 1993 by two people with a very personal connection with type 1 diabetes. Having two children diagnosed with the condition made for a commitment and dedication to the cause from Mike Gretschel and his business partner, John Alahouzos, that has never wavered and remains true to its original desire - to find a cure for diabetes.
In 1998, DRWF was incorporated and registered as a charity in the UK and has since become a recognised provider of awareness, educational support programmes and leading funder of diabetes research in the UK and around the world.
The DRWF Board of Trustees are an engaged and committed group of individuals who bring a significant level of expertise to the governance of the charity in the fields of law, business strategy and management, international fundraising, psychology, healthcare and education.
Chairman of the Board
Volunteer fundraiser for diabetes research for over 30 years
Volunteer fundraiser for diabetes research since 1978
Bachelor of Arts, Juris Doctor. Attorney-at-Law, 1979
Retired Nurse, Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton
Business coach, public speaker, trainer and consultant
Consultant in Diabetes and Metabolic Medicine at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and diabetes researcher in Imperial College London