Meet the team

Mr Roger Jefcoate CBE DL, Founding Patron

Roger Jefcoate

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 was one of the 92 elected hereditary peers in the House of Lords until her retirement in 2020. An indefatigable campaigner against ignorance and injustice, she 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

Bob McRae

Bob holds an MCIB (Scot) in Banking and was a senior regional bank manager. He was instrumental in the foundation and launch of ME Research UK.

Dr Vance Spence, Honorary President

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.

Jonathan Davies, 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 Waddle

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.

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.

Dr Eleanor Roberts, Trustee

Eleanor has a background in biomedical research, including a PhD in HIV neuropathology, and has built a successful career as a science writer. As someone living with ME, she also brings that insight and understanding of the illness.

Joe Welton, Trustee

Joe is a Senior Manager at Amazon Web Services (AWS). He has a sister with severe ME.

Dr David Newton, Research Director

David Newton

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

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