Tony Willis

Clinical Director for Diabetes

Tony has twenty years of experience in general practice in inner-city West London, and seven years’ experience in leading innovation and improvement across North West London. He was a Diabetes UK Clinical Champion from 2017-2019, and has spoken at numerous diabetes and digital conferences.

He is passionate about improving outcomes for people living with diabetes or at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

His focus is on two main areas:

  1. Supporting patients make improvements in health and wellbeing. He has led the development and launch of the North West London REWIND programme, as well as being a strong advocate of low carb and intermittent fasting approaches.
  2. Making use of digital technology to support patients more effectively. Know Diabetes is the result of this passion. It provides patients with a reliable web source of information, the opportunity to receive targeted email and text support for their condition and diabetes records access.

You can read Tony's blogs for Know Diabetes here

Matthew Harmer

Head of Programme

Matthew is an occupational therapist by background and has worked in the health and care sector for 17 years. He has an extensive history in leading and developing teams and delivering transformational change at both an operational and strategic level. With a focus on delivering effective and clinically-evidenced services, he is passionate that we work together to enable equitable access for all and reach out to those in most need in order to improve the quality and meaningfulness of all our local resident's lives.

Matthew is proud to be the head of the programme for the North West London Diabetes team and working alongside such highly skilled, motivated and enthused colleagues.

Ruth Miller

Diabetes Nurse Consultant

Ruth works for the NWL Diabetes Transformation programme and has developed the 'Diabetes 10 Point Training' programme.

She is passionate about diabetes education for all health care staff to ensure the best care for people with diabetes and self-empowerment through knowledge for all people with diabetes.

You can read Ruth's blogs for Know Diabetes here

Ian Reddington

Digital Health Behaviour Change Lead

Ian joined at the start of the project and has a special interest in digital, behaviour change, physical activity and weight loss. He has over 10 years of experience in the National Health Service, Public Health, and healthcare consultancy.  Ian’s main interest is to improve population health using digital channels. He leads on the implementation and operations of digital features including the website, CRM, and digital health marketing tools.

The implementation of the Know Diabetes programme is Ian's 4th diabetes project.

You can read Ian's blogs for Know Diabetes here

Salma Mehar

Consultant Dietitian 

Salma is a Consultant Dietitian working in the field of community health and wellbeing for over 20 years. Salma is interested in delivering diabetes care through digital platforms and is currently supporting the Northwest London Diabetes Transformation programme. She is also the co-author of the Carbs and Cals World Food Book. The first visual carbohydrate awareness resource for the BAME communities.

You can read Salma's blogs for Know Diabetes here

Buchi Reddy

Senior Transformation Quality Improvement Lead

Buchi started as the Programme Manager and Clinical Lead in 2017 and then acted up as the Deputy Programme Director for the NWL Diabetes Transformation Programme until April 2020. He is a Healthcare Public Health and Population Health Specialist (UK) and trained as a GP with a special interest in diabetes, with a diploma in diabetes and obesity (UK) and a PG level training in Internal Medicine and a PG Diploma in clinical nutrition from India.

His special interest is to support the BAME groups and children and young people with diabetes (Type 1 & 2) working alongside NHSE, Diabetes UK, JDRF, DRDF and the APPG for Diabetes in the Houses of Parliament.

Buchi is currently working towards completing his MBA.

Alex Silverstein

Diabetes Education Lead

Alex is an international patient advocate, NHS employee and self-employed consultant. He worked for Diabetes UK before becoming the first President of the International Diabetes Federation’s (IDF) Young Leaders in Diabetes programme. In his role, Alex led 70 young adults from 48 different countries to deliver transformational projects with their national diabetes charities.

He currently works as part of the NHS diabetes transformation programme across North West London. His role is to help people living with diabetes (and healthcare professionals) get access to information about diabetes in a way that suits them.

Nithan Chandrakumar

Digital Campaign Manager

Nithan is an expert in web developments and digital campaigning technologies both in public and private sectors which make this position very much fulfilled. He also has advance knowledge in 2nd and 3rd line technical support as he has worked as Senior IT technician at NHS for more than 5 years.

Nithan is relatively new to the Know Diabetes programme but he has already shown his potentials to the team and the project.  He enjoys being part of the team which allows him to support the diabetes population in Northwest London but also helps him to support his Dad who has type 2 diabetes.

John Shanko

Project Officer

John joined the Diabetes Transformation Programme in October 2019 as a project officer and is involved with the development and design of the programme’s digital platforms. He is interested in the impact of digital innovations within the health sector.

Sarah Mumeni

Project Officer

Sarah has worked as a project officer for the Diabetes Transformation Programme since October 2019 and plays an important role in supporting the smooth running of the programme’s workstreams. She is passionate about health and well-being.