Our vice presidents
Anthony Kilmister OBE
Anthony Kilmister founded Prostate UK in 1994 (then Prostate Research Campaign UK) when he became aware of the lack of research and information available to the public on prostate disease. So he set about creating a charity which focused on improving research into the three prostate diseases and producing patient’s information literature. He became Joint Life President of Prostate Action in 2010 following the merger of Prostate UK and PCRF.
Anthony is President of the Anglican Association and Vice-President of the Prayer Book Society. He was invested with the OBE in 2005.
Lady Joy Bourne assisted in setting up the Prostate Cancer Research Foundation in 1991 and in running the biennial Forums with her late husband Sir Clive.
Sir Clive Bourne contracted prostate cancer in 1991 at the age of 49, and decided to investigate every aspect and avenue of the condition available to the layman. It came as a shock for him to learn that there was no organised research on either a national or international level, and convinced that only systematic research could provide solutions, he started the Prostate Cancer Research Foundation (known then as the Prostate Cancer Charitable Trust).
Sir Clive continued to be a driving force in the prostate cancer research field until his death in 2007. Lady Bourne worked alongside Sir Clive, and continued to offer her support first to Prostate Action, and now to Prostate Cancer UK. She is Chairman of the Annual Dinner Committee, and is committed to carrying on the legacy of her late husband in working to combat the disease.
Professor Roger Kirby
Roger is one of the UK's best known and most experienced prostate surgeons and for more than 20 years, he has been fighting to improve outcomes for men with prostate cancer by supporting our charity in it’s different forms. He has helped the organisation go from strength to strength to the leading voice for men it is today.
Throughout his career he has championed advances in the diagnosis, management and treatment of prostate diseases, including robot-assisted radical prostatectomy for prostate cancer. He has also maintained a strong interest in men's health and patient safety, introducing several initiatives in these fields. Roger has written nearly 70 books and published more than 340 scientific papers. He was chairman of the charity Prostate UK for 13 years and is Secretary of The Urology Foundation. Roger has personally raised over £3 million for these charities through marathon running, mountain climbing, trekking and cycling challenges.