The Pelvic Radiation Disease Association is run a board of Trustees who oversee both the charity’s future strategy and its day-to-day operations. Our office manager, Sarah Steele, keeps us organised!

We welcome applications from anyone interested in becoming a Patron, Trustee or a volunteer to help in running PRDA – please contact us.

Our Patrons

We are very grateful to our patrons who help us to raise awareness of Pelvic Radiation Disease:

Sir Michael Holroyd CBE

Virginia Ironside


Richard Surman

Chair of Trustees

A former headmaster and founder of the Ledbury Poetry Festival, Richard is an author, professional photographer and public speaker whose concerns about late effects of pelvic radiotherapy originated from his own treatment for anal cancer in 2008, when he became chairman of the Pelvic Radiation Disease Association.


JNJ trustee porttraitJane Norris-Jones

Hon. Membership Secretary

Graduated with a degree in Archaeology and History. After 5 years working for the Ministry of Defence, she ran a successful interior design business. Jane understands Pelvic Radiation Disease all too well, as her husband suffered with it for over 25 years with no proper understanding of his condition – he was told he was ‘unique’.  Jane is on a mission to support people like him and raise awareness of the condition.


David Jillings

Hon. Treasurer

David is a retired civil servant who specialised in IT and digital media, particularly in national museums.  He was treated for two years for rectal cancer starting in 2012, and received treatment for consequences of pelvic radiotherapy for some years afterwards.  David has subsequently returned to competitive masters rowing.  He plays drums in a blues/soul band, is a keen cruising sailor, and also coaches disabled sailing and rowing. He took over the Treasurer’s role in December 2017.


Dr Lesley Smith, BSc, PhD

Lesley is the Senior Programme Manager for Living With and Beyond Cancer at NHS England.  Prior to that she worked at Macmillan Cancer Support as Consequences of Treatment Programme Manager, working mainly on consequences of pelvic cancer treatments.  Before Macmillan, Lesley worked in NHS management for 20 years, after a short career in laboratory research. Her degree was in Biochemistry, and her PhD in Toxicology. Lesley became a Trustee in 2017.

Twitter: @Lesleylesleys


Willie Auld

Willie is a retired Chartered Civil Engineer, after 40 years spent working in the UK construction industry.  Following a diagnosis of aggressive prostate cancer he had radiotherapy treatment in 2016 and, as a consequence, has suffered from the symptoms of PRD ever since.  Willie became a Trustee in September 2018 and hopes to help raise awareness of PRD and the profile of the PRDA, particularly in Scotland where he lives.

Modified: 16th February 2020