Meet our Team

Chris Bright – Founder

Chris is the founder of the project and has had Type 1 diabetes since 1999. He has a degree in Sports Studies and has played Football for his county, university and as a semi-professional. He became a Wales Futsal International in 2016 and was also called into the England Universities Futsal squad in January 2018.  Following his success at England Universities and performances for the University of Worcester, he was awarded Male Athlete of the Year at the University for the 2017/18 season. Chris lives and breathes football and began TDFC in February 2017, where he brings his own experience as a diabetic to the project. He supports Aston Villa FC. His Twitter & Instagram handle is: @chrisbrighty1

James Josephs – Head of Brand & Design

Jimmy Josephs is in charge of design and branding. He’s a huge football fan and a friend of our founder. He currently works in print and design project management. Jim is a father and a season ticket holder at Birmingham City FC. His Twitter handle is: @jimmy_josephs

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Noel Kowalewski – Project Development Manager (U.S.A)

Noel was diagnosed in February 2002 with Type 1 Diabetes, age 9. She has an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice as well as a Bachelors in Criminal Justice-Juvenile Delinquency. Noel has a decorated soccer career ranging from the top elite travel teams in her area, ODP (Olympic Development Program), college and professional. Noel brings her experience as someone from the US who has battled diabetes whilst playing elite soccer. Her twitter handle is: @nmaxinek

Alex Richards – Performance Psychologist

Alex gained his masters degree from the University of Stirling (Scotland’s national centre of sporting excellence). Having also played futsal for stirling, Alex looks to combine his experiences in football, futsal and psychology to help improve the experience of people living with Diabetes involved in football. His twitter handle is: @alex_acr

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Jon Peach – DiaEuro Project Manager
Jon was diagnosed as a Type 1 Diabetic at the age of 5 and doesn’t remember life without the condition.  Sport has always been a huge part of his life, and he considers himself fortunate to have been able to play sport for such a long time.  He has played Saturday football to a good standard and has coached at two professional football teams.  Unfortunately, injuries and operations finally caught up with him last year, and he had to call time on his playing career.  He currently works as a PE teacher in Bristol and supports Tottenham Hotspur and Wycombe Wanderers. Twitter: @jonpeach5
Harley Jean Simpson – DiaEuro Project Manager

Harley Jean is currently studying towards her PhD at The University of Worcester. Her football career began at Birmingham City Ladies, where she then represented England Ladies at U19s. Moves to Wolverhampton Wanderers and West Bromwich Albion Ladies followed whilst also recently signing for Birmingham Wolves Futsal Club. Harley Jean has recognised her interest in The Diabetes Football Community and has joined with huge ambitions to drive the project further whilst reaching as many individuals as possible!

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Bryn White – Fundraising & Project Development Manager

As an Account Manager within the healthcare communications industry, Bryn joins the team to support the growth of the community through the co-ordination of fundraising activities and the development of new projects. He aims to drive the creation of inspirational stories that will look to reduce diabetic related barriers to participation & performance. In addition to having Type 1 Diabetes, Bryn also has an unfortunate lifelong condition of being a Sheffield Wednesday fan (his words not ours!). Bryn also leads on the TDFC London project!

Linzi Mackie – Social Media Manager

Linzi was diagnosed in 1978 and has seen huge developments in the management of diabetes during that time.  She has been involved in many clinical trials, being one of the first people in the UK to trial human insulin and CGM.  Linzi has a BSc and MSc in Business Information Systems and currently works in Professional Services in Higher Education with Social Media, Marketing Communications, Systems Administration and Project Management expertise.  She has a passion for social media and is particularly interested in the use of social media for increasing engagement and raising brand awareness.  After diagnosis Linzi and her family felt there was a lack of information freely available and she feels strongly that social media is a great medium for people with diabetes to share their stories and educate one another. Linzi is also a lifelong Manchester United fan. 

If you want to get involved and potentially become part of the team please get in touch.