Mr Roger Jefcoate CBE DL

Founding Patron

Central to the founding of the charity, Roger gives nationwide help to severely disabled people who need adapted computers for educational needs or community work. He is also co-founder of the National Association of Toy and Leisure Libraries, and Canine Partners, and founder of the AIDIS Trust, the Disability Aid Fund and the Mobility Trust. Roger is a Liveryman of the Drapers’ Company, and in 1998 was made CBE for services to disabled people.

The Countess of Mar

Patron

The Countess of Mar is one of the 92 elected hereditary peers in the House of Lords. She is an indefatigable campaigner against ignorance and injustice, has a long-standing interest in ME and related illnesses, and is a stout advocate of the need for research and support.

Mr Robert McRae

Honorary President

Instrumental in the foundation and launch of ME Research UK, Bob was, until 2016, Secretary and Trustee of ME Research UK. He holds an MCIB (Scot) in Banking and was a senior regional bank manager.

Dr Vance Spence

Honorary President

Vance was instrumental in the founding and launching of ME Research UK. Formerly a Principal Clinical Scientist, he is presently an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Dundee.

Jonathan Davies

Interim Chair and Trustee

A Chartered Accountant, Jonathan is a self-employed consultant and a member of a family affected by severe ME.

Sue Waddle

Vice-Chair and Trustee

Sue has a background in education and is parent of a child, now an adult, severely affected by ME for the past fifteen years. She undertakes voluntary work as a Magistrate.

Jan McKendrick

Secretary and Trustee

Holding both an MSc in Medical Statistics and a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Economics, Jan is a director of a consulting company and a member of a family affected by ME.

Ed Dunkerley

Trustee

Ed is the co-founder & Technical Director at Internet Marketing Company based in Newport-on-Tay. Ed’s family has been affected by ME.

Prof Faisel Khan

Trustee

Faisel holds a PhD in Vascular Physiology and is Professor of Cardiovascular Sciences at the University of Dundee and Honorary Clinical Scientist with NHS Tayside.

Lesley Carr

Trustee

Lesley enjoyed a career in HR and Management Development across a variety of sectors and has combined this with voluntary and Trustee work. She has a daughter with ME

Simon Phillips

Chief Executive Officer

Simon has worked in the charity sector since 2006 and has a wealth of experience in various roles and organisations. Prior to his charity career he worked in the private sector for many years .

Dr David Newton

Research and Communications Director

David has a PhD in Vascular Physiology, and has previously worked in academic biomedical research and as a freelance medical writer.