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:

Iain Annand


Iain works in the Civil Service and has done for 40 years. He started in the Department of Employment and for the last 28 years has worked in the Registers of Scotland dealing with the registration of property. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2016 and was amongst one of the first in Edinburgh to be treated using robotically assisted surgery. Iain is a keen cyclist and enjoys taking part in long distance cycle rides. He also enjoys films and music.

Richard Kerr


Richard is an accountant whose career spanned 30 years in Financial Services in Edinburgh, working for organisations including HSBC, Standard Life and BlackRock. He joined the committee this year having been diagnosed with early stage prostate cancer in July 2019, and undergoing robotically assisted surgery in November. Richard lives in East Lothian with his wife and their yellow Labrador. He is a keen walker, cyclist and rugby supporter being a regular attendee at Murrayfield for both Scotland and Edinburgh games. He also enjoys cooking and more importantly sampling the fruits of his labours with a good bottle of wine.

Charlie Hogg

West Lothian Group

Charlie is a retired Senior Civil Servant and after playing a major part in the re-organisation of the Edinburgh Group in 2004 he was asked to set up a new Group in West Lothian in 2007. Charlie’s passion is Heart of Midlothian FC plus travelling all over the world and attending shows and concerts in London. Charlie has had surgery for prostate cancer in 2003.

Tom Lambie

West Lothian Group

Tom, a science graduate of the University of Glasgow, has spent his working life in the food manufacturing industry, based over a period of 40 years in various locations in the UK, principally at company director level. Since retirement from full time employment, he has spent much of his time in the voluntary sector, particularly with the Citizens Advice Bureau and is a member of the West Lothian Prostate Cancer Group since 2009, when he had successful brachytherapy treatment for his prostate cancer. His other interests revolve around playing golf and supporting his local football team, Linlithgow Rose.

Ian Manderson

Buddy Programme

Ian is retired from careers in Ferranti and teaching.  Ian plays golf, pickleball and likes to go on walks, also enjoying live music when the chance arises.  Ian had a radical laparoscopic prostatectomy in 2015 followed by hormone therapy between 2016 and 2019 and salvage radiotherapy in 2017 as a result of recurrent cancer.

Keith Dempster


Originally from Aberdeen, Keith retired to Edinburgh in 2018 following a 40 year international career in the Oil and Gas industry living in the Middle East, Norway, The Netherlands, Russia, United States and the last 20 years of his career in Singapore. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2019, underwent robotic assisted surgery in 2020 and joined the committee in 2022. He is married and has 2 children and a granddaughter who all live in Edinburgh. Keith is a keen golfer and rugby supporter and attends as many of the games at Murrayfield as he can.

Gary Tait

Minutes Secretary

Gary is an accountant who has worked in the financial services industry for over 25 years. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in June 2019 and for treatment selected a prostatectomy which was carried out in October 2019.  In 2021 he was seconded onto the committee and formally joined in 2022. Gary lives in the Murrayfield area of Edinburgh and enjoys walking his dog, regular cinema and theatre visits and playing golf at his home course in Fife.

Ken Howey


Ken retired from a career initially in the Nuclear Power Industry followed by manufacturing confectionery with the Mars Company both in UK and Europe, finishing up as a consultant and Commercial Director within the Take Home division of S&N Breweries. He lives in Gullane, is a keen golfer and spends part of the year in France where, until recently, he and his wife had a second home. Ken was diagnosed in 2018 with an aggressive cancer and is currently following a 'Watch & Wait' routine.