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 ( www.diabetes.org.uk) in 1995 as a nurse care adviser. Thirteen years later he is still there, although now as Director of Care, Information and Advocacy. As Director he is responsible for promoting high quality diabetes care and education centred on the person with diabetes and developing services to ensure this happens. He has had Type 1 diabetes for 17 years.