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.
We are very grateful to our patrons who help us to raise awareness of Pelvic Radiation Disease:
Sir Michael Holroyd CBE
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.
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 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.
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.
Lisa graduated in 1992 and began working as a therapy radiographer at Addenbrooke’s hospital, Cambridge. With a keen interest in Gynaecological cancer, she went on to develop a consultant radiographer led pathway which included engaging with local gastroenterologists to pilot a late effects referral pathway. In 2011 she completed her Master of science degree at Sheffield University with a research focus on vaginal consequences following pelvic radiotherapy. She then went on to contribute to national guidance on vaginal dilator use and late consequences of pelvic radiotherapy for gynaecological patients. In 2014 Lisa took up the position of centre head at Maggie’s, Cambridge where she continues to support people affected by cancer. Lisa became a Trustee in May 2020.
Lorraine has been a Therapy Radiographer for over 18 years and works at the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre. She is now the Practice Education Radiographer and her post is funded by the Beatson Cancer Charity. Her main interest lies in the late effects of pelvic radiotherapy. Lorraine became a Trustee in June 2020.
Ben is a junior doctor who trained at UCL, graduating with an MBBS and iBSc in Neuroscience. Ben is currently working full time at University College Hospital. He has personal experience with PRD and pelvic malignancies. His father received pelvic radiotherapy for metastatic prostate cancer in 2007. Ben has an interest in NHS service improvement, especially in regards to cancer care and the long term impacts of cancer treatment. Ben became a Trustee in May 2020.
John is an experienced leader, Director and Non-Executive Director who has operated across a range of industries. He is Managing Director of five domiciliary care businesses in Lincolnshire and North Yorkshire. He lives in Lincolnshire with his wife of 36 years and enjoys an occasional day fishing and spending time with his 3 grandsons. John became a Trustee in June 2020.
Bhumi is a medical student at Cambridge university, about to go into her third year, graduating with an MBBS and BSc. Bhumi has a strong interest in cancer technology and reducing the after effects of the disease. She is currently working with Imperial College London on surgical technology and hopes to pursue a career in this field. Bhumi became a trustee in June 2020.
Modified: 1st July 2020