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Meet the team

Dr Eleanor D Kennedy: Programme Director
Eleanor Kennedy has a BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Glasgow in Scotland and a PhD in molecular neuropharmacology from the University of Leicester in England. Following three years as a postdoctoral student at the University of California, San Diego, working on thrombin-mediated gene expression in the brain, Dr Kennedy worked at the University of Geneva in Switzerland studying the intracellular signalling pathways that stimulate insulin secretion.
She subsequently undertook a full-time MBA at Cranfield School of Management, which was followed by four years as Research Manager and Director at Diabetes UK. Since 2005, she has run her own company – ED Kennedy Consulting Ltd – and has worked for a wide range of clients. These include the NIHR Diabetes Research Network, the NIHR Dementia and Neurodegenerative Disease Research Network, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Diabetes UK, the Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation, the Diabetes Wellness Network Sweden, the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, the Royal College of Pathologists, the Department of Health and the European Foundation for the Study of Diabetes.
With over a decade of teaching experience with the Open University and in running diabetes diploma initiatives with the British Medical Journal and in setting up other blended learning projects for clients in the Middle East, Eleanor also continues to be a regular contributor to diabetes publications covering research and development for lay and specialist audiences.
In 2018, Dr Kennedy was commissioned to create and build the platform for the EASD’s e-learning programme, and continues this work today as Programme Director for the project.

Ben Dugdale: Creative and Technology Lead
Ben Dugdale (BA) studied graphic design before starting his career in London in 2006. Since then he has worked with a broad spectrum of organisations, ranging from banking, FMCG and pharmaceutical to charity and education, with agencies in the UK and Europe. He has extensive experience of building brands, communications strategies and design solutions using traditional, digital and social media. Since 2014, Ben has concentrated on design and technology projects in the charity sectors for organisations including the MS Society, Save the Children, Diabetes UK and the Epilepsy Society. He has been involved with the EASD e-Learning programme since its inception in 2018.

Pete McCabe: Lead Web Developer
Pete McCabe is a freelance full-stack developer with over 20 years experience working in the web industry, helping companies to realise their online projects. With a background in electronic engineering, Pete moved into PHP development in the late 1990s and has since worked with a range of platforms. His current work is mainly focussed on WordPress development, custom theme and plugin work and platform integrations. He was brought into the EASD e-Learning team right from the start and was responsible for the planning and build of the site from its inception, and continues to support it’s evolution to this day.

Phil Poole: Videographer
Phil Poole (BA) studied television production in London before starting his career as a video editor and camera operator in 2007. He has subsequently worked across a broad range of industries that encompasses medical, automotive, music, fashion, business and charity sectors. He has extensive experience of managing audiovisual productions from the earliest stage of planning to final delivery, including broadcast – both individually and as part of a larger team. Just some of the organisations Phil has worked with to create video content and motion graphics include Novo Nordisk, the London Business School, Age UK, Sane Charity, AstraZeneca and the Wellcome Trust. He has been working with the EASD e-Learning programme since 2018.

Lee Webber: E-learning Developer
Lee Webber started his career in retail in 1985, moving up through the ranks to various managerial positions with some big high street names before joining the police service in 1997 as a Radio Communications Operator. After 6 years, he transferred into the training department at Police Headquarters where he qualified as an IT Trainer before being promoted in 2007 as the force’s E-Learning Developer. In his spare time, through attendance at evening college over 2 years, Lee achieved a Higher National Certificate (HNC) Level 5 in computing as well as various IT qualifications and a certificate in e-learning design from Bristol University. In January 2017 Lee decided to go freelance as an independent E-learning Developer, in which capacity he has worked with over 45 clients from around the globe, designing and developing digital learning products for companies such as L’Oréal, Shell and Multiplex. Lee has worked with EASD e-Learning helping to develop their online material since January 2019.

Neil Hoskins: E-learning Developer
Neil Hoskins started a career in semiconductor manufacture after gaining an honours degree in solid state physics in 1982. From there he branched out into more general process- and quality-control functions, qualifying as an MCQI quality professional in 1994. He has subsequently been involved in a wide variety of industries, including electronic assembly, avionics, food packaging and high-energy lasers. Neil moved into instruction design and e-learning development in 2012 and found that his wide work experience proved useful on diverse e-learning projects, including acute medical care, automotive, electrical generators and demolition. Neil has been working with the EASD e-Learning development team since November 2018.

Linda Hoskins: E-learning Developer
Linda Hoskins (BEd, Leeds University) initially qualified as a teacher of geography and English. However, with the dawning of the PC, she was quickly gripped by computers. After a few years running a home computer shop in Scarborough, she moved on to become an adult IT trainer, developing courses for organisations ranging from The Open University to Knight Frank. The progression to e-learning soon followed and in the late 1990s she started developing online courses, creating instructional videos and running live web-training sessions. Linda has been working with the EASD e-Learning development team since November 2018.

Rob Saunders: Managing Editor and Quality Lead
Rob Saunders (BA, MA [Oxon], MSc) originally studied history before completing a Masters degree in political science. After further study at the London College of Printing, he began working as a journalist and editor in the 1990s, contributing to books on the history of medicine and editing magazines on topics ranging from AIDS policy in Africa to economic transformation in central and eastern Europe. Between 1996 and 2008 he worked for Diabetes UK, becoming Editor of Diabetes Update and Medical and Science Editor for Balance magazine. Since 2008, he has continued to undertake occasional writing and editing work for Diabetes UK as well as working for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Endometriosis UK and as an agency writer for one-off health-promotion campaigns. He has been Managing Editor and Quality Lead for the EASD’s e-Learning platform since 2019.

Tabitha Dale: Social Media Manager
Tabitha Dale (BSc, MSc) studied microbiology and virology as an undergraduate before gaining a Masters degree in applied molecular microbiology. In her early career, she worked as a scientist in a variety of central Government roles, from managing research projects on foodborne disease at the Department of Health and Food Standards Agency, to monitoring marine and water quality at Defra. From 2010, Tabitha worked on sustainable development (SD) and was Defra’s policy lead on subjective wellbeing, managing the SD Twitter account and contributing to a number of social and citizen science projects on environmental impacts and quality of life. In 2018, Tabitha became a freelance social media manager and has managed the EASD e-Learning Twitter account since 2019.

Gillian Manning: Clinical Education Lead
Gillian Manning initially qualified as a Clinical Physiologist in the 1970’s before moving into clinical research and then clinical education. Having gained her PhD in 1998 from the University of Nottingham she later became an Associate Professor of Vascular Medicine at the University.
Dr Manning has an ongoing research interest in hypertension and cardiovascular disease, including diabetes. She has experience of commercial research, including studies in diabetes such as ADVANCE and CANVAS. She has also led her own research programmes in the field of hypertension.
With an interest in education and training since the 1970’s, Dr Manning’s early work involved developing national training programmes for clinical physiologists. In 2003, she was part of the team that developed and launched a new 4-year Graduate Entry Medical (GEM) Programme and trained as a Problem-Based Learning Facilitator. In 2006, she gained an MSc in Medical Science (Clinical Education) awarded by the University of Nottingham, graduating with distinction. She held many posts in the University, including Director of Research Education in the School of GEM and Health, Examinations Officer, and Director of a new Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching, Learning and Assessment. Subsequently working for the Department of Health and Health Education England, she led the development of undergraduate and postgraduate curricula across more than 50 healthcare science specialisms. Dr Manning continues to work part-time for Health Education England within the Medical Associate Professions Programme. She has extensive experience of teaching and learning across medicine and other healthcare professional groups, including clinical skills, problem-based learning, small-group teaching and lecturing. Within the field of assessment she has experience of both summative and formative assessment design, including on-line assessment and quality assurance.
Dr Manning has published more than 35 journal articles spanning clinical education; hypertension; ambulatory blood pressure monitoring, diabetes and vascular medicine. Her contributions to national and international scientific meetings include more than 50 oral or poster presentations. In December 2019, she was awarded a Fellowship of the Academy for Healthcare Science, and in March 2018, the Chief Scientific Officer Healthcare Science Lifetime Achievement Award for services to Healthcare Science and Healthcare Science Education. She has worked as Continuing Education Manager on the EASD’s e-Learning platform since 2020.

Susan Aldridge: Transcript Editor
Susan Aldridge studied chemistry at the University of Cambridge and has Masters’ degrees in chemistry from the University of East Anglia and in biotechnology from the University of Hertfordshire. Her PhD work at the University of London helped found photodynamic therapy for cancer. After several years of synthesising peptides – including sequences of gut hormones – at the Medical Research Council’s Clinical Research Centre, she became a freelance medical and science writer. She has authored several textbooks and popular science books, including The Thread of Life: from genes to genetic engineering (Cambridge University Press). Between 1993 and 2010, she was the European Correspondent for the US publication Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News. And from 2012 to 2020, she was Editor of Diabetes Update – where she learned the language of diabetes – and still does some freelance work for Diabetes UK. She has been Transcript Editor for the EASD’s e-Learning platform since 2019.

Dr Patrick Holmes, Primary Care Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Accreditation Reviewer
Patrick Holmes (MB BS) trained at the University of London, qualifying in 1993. He is a practising General Practitioner (GP) and has worked as a GP Partner at St George’s Medical Practice, Darlington, UK since 1998. He is a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners. Patrick is the clinical lead for diabetes on the local Clinical Commissioning Group. He also works for the County Durham and Darlington Foundation Trust as a GP with a Special Interest in Diabetes. Patrick was involved in the design of the largest integrated diabetes service in the UK serving the population of Darlington and County Durham. His clinical interests include adult type 2 diabetes, particularly preventing complications and obesity. He was awarded an MSc in Diabetes Care from the University of York in 2009. Dr Holmes has been involved in medical education of healthcare professions for many years, working with a variety of organisations including BMJ Learning, Diabetes UK, Mimms, Pulse and Univadis. He has been the Primary Care CPD Accreditation Reviewer for the EASD e-Learning programme since June 2021.