Richard Holt is Professor of Diabetes and Endocrinology at the University of Southampton and an Honorary Consultant Physician in Diabetes and Endocrinology at the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust. He trained at the University of Cambridge and received a PhD while working as a Medical Research Council Clinical Training Fellow at King’s College School of Medicine and Dentistry, London.

Professor Holt’s current research interests are broadly focused on clinical diabetes but specifically encompass studies of the relationship between mental illness and diabetes and diabetes and pregnancy. Professor Holt leads the diabetes clinics for pregnancy, young adults and people with cystic fibrosis. The pregnancy clinic has undertaken innovative research, which has informed both local and NICE national guidelines. He has significant involvement in postgraduate and undergraduate teaching in Southampton and is also a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

He is a past-Chair of Diabetes UK’s Council of Healthcare Professionals and has worked closely with NHS Diabetes, the Royal College of Physicians and NICE to implement the National Service Framework for Diabetes. He has also contributed to several Diabetes UK guidelines and position statements. He is an expert in doping with growth hormone and acts as an adviser to UK Sport and international anti-doping agencies and has lectured nationally and internationally on these subjects.

Professor Holt is the past Editor-in-Chief of Diabetic Medicine, has published over 250 articles in peer-reviewed journals and has previously authored textbooks and guidelines on the management of diabetes and cardiovascular risk in severe mental illness.

His contributions have been recognised with awards from numerous foundations, including Diabetes UK, the European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN) and HM Queen’s honours list.