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


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


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.

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.

Jonathan Davies

Secretary and Trustee

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

Jan McKendrick


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.

Prof Faisel Khan


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.

Dr Neil C Abbot

Honorary Secretary, Scientific Advisory Board

Neil holds an MSc in Medical Statistics and a PhD in Clinical Physiology, and is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Dundee. He was Research & Operations Director of the charity from 2001 to 2016.

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.