Our Committee

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:

Ian Hay OBE

Buddy Programme

Ian is retired from careers in banking and trade association management but still chairs two other organisations. He represented Scotland on The Low Pay Commission for ten years and sat on Employment Tribunals for fifteen years. Ian plays golf in the summer months but keeps his fitness up by maintaining his ‘Fitbit’ daily targets of 10000 steps and 20 storeys. He has ten grandchildren so his spare time is somewhat limited! Ian had hormone treatment and EBRT for prostate cancer in 2012.

Jim Woodhead


Jim is our finance whizz and is an ex-Inspector of Taxes and now runs his own part time tax investigation consultancy. Jim has had R/T and hormone therapy for prostate cancer and recently underwent salvage therapy when the cancer reoccurred. Jim is a very keen supporter of the ‘Fit for Life Fit for Treatment’ concept and regularity exercises. Activities include walking, playing tennis/padel ,using the gym and gardening.

Charlie Hogg

West Lothian Group

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 retired from paid employment five years ago, having spent most of his working life as a careers advisor. He had brachytherapy treatment for prostate cancer in early 2013, having contracted the disease at exactly the same age as his father had, 40 years before. Having a passable tenor voice, Alasdair performs in three choirs and when not singing enjoys movies, travelling, and battling the weeds on his allotment.

Mike Shaw


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 was a GP for most of his working life and retired in 2013 after he was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer in February 2012. He has been on treatment with Degarelix injections since diagnosis and started Abiraterone in May 2012 as part of the STAMPEDE Trial. A course of radiotherapy to the prostate was given in 2013. 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.

Iain More

Meetings Organiser

Iain has lived and worked in the UK and the US.   He was and still is in active in sport – he swam for Scotland and GB in the 1960's.  Iain has worked in business, higher education, politics and fundraising and created two of his own businesses and remains active in several projects connected to universities, politics and sport and prostate cancer - he was diagnosed in 2008 and enjoys making a contribution with ELPCSG.  He and his wife like music, film and theatre within the constraints of his hearing impairment.