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 regularly exercises. Activities include walking, playing tennis/padel ,using the gym and gardening.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.