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We are a voluntary group serving the Edinburgh and Lothian region of Scotland established in June 2010 as an independent charity run by an elected Committee and volunteers and all currently or formerly prostate cancer patients and/or carers. We are always looking for suitable people to strengthen the committee and volunteers. Our Committee currently consists of the following people, with their areas of responsibility shown:

Main Committee


Ian Hay OBE – Buddy programme

Ian is retired from careers in banking and trade association management but still chairs a small events management company. He represented Scotland on the Low Pay Commission for 10 years and sat on Employment Tribunals for 15 years. He is a board member of Dons Supporters Together and a member of Craigmillar Park Golf Club. He had hormone treatment and R/T for prostate cancer.


Jim Woodhead – Treasurer

Jim is our finance whizz and is an ex-inspector of taxes and now runs his own part time tax consultancy. Jim has had R/T and hormone therapy for prostate cancer. Jim for relaxation enjoys impersonating Chick Murray and long distance cycling.


Charlie Hogg – Livingston Operations

Charlie is a retired civil servant and was instrumental in setting up the Livingston Group. Charlie’s passion is Hearts Football team. Charlie has had surgery for prostate cancer.


Alasdair Ferguson – Membership and Website

Alasdair recently retired from paid employment, having spent most of his working life in education. He had brachytherapy treatment for prostate cancer in early 2013. Among his interests are singing, going to movies, travelling, and working on his allotment – not necessarily simultaneously.


Mike Shaw – Meetings

Mike is a former Chairman of ELPCSG (2011-2013) and  a retired BBC executive and has worked and lived overseas. Amongst his many interests he is a keen hill walker, writer and pottery enthusiast. Mike has had surgery and R/T for prostate cancer.

Rob Lester – External Affairs

Rob has been involved with General Practice for most of his working life and was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer in February 2012. He started on Abiraterone in May 2012 as part of the Stampede Trial. Interests are  hill walking, films and football.

David Milner – Minutes Secretary

David is a retired university professor (St Andrews and Durham) who has devoted his research career to understanding the visual system of the brain. He had external beam radiotherapy with hormonal treatment for prostate cancer in Spring 2015. His enjoys jazz, hill walking, and cinema, along with those depressingly rare occasions when Leeds United FC has a good season.