Our Presidents and Patron

Patron – HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh KG KT OM GBE ONZ QSO AK GCL CC CMM

Prince Philip was born Prince of Greece and Denmark in Corfu in 1921. He renounced his foreign royal title when he became a naturalised British subject in 1947, the same year he married the Queen.

Since Princess Elizabeth became Queen in 1952, Prince Philip has provided an immense amount of support to her in her duties. Through his work with a wide range of charities, the Duke of Edinburgh has played a major national and international role in helping other people.

Prince Philip became Patron of the then Muscular Dystrophy Campaign in 1966 and has been a much-valued supporter for 50 years.

 

President – Gabby Logan

Born in Leeds to a sporting family, Gabby went on to represent Wales in rhythmic gymnastics at the 1990 Commonwealth Games in Auckland. She became a presenter for Sky Sports in 1996 before joining ITV and then the BBC. She is now the main host of athletics coverage for BBC Sport. In 2013, Gabby joined the presenting team for the annual BBC Sports Personality of the Year and remains one of the main hosts of the programme.

Gabby replaces Sue Barker as President, a role Sue held from 2004-2018.

Honorary Life President – Sue Barker OBE

Sue Barker - our Patron

Originally from Devon, Sue Barker is a television presenter and former professional tennis player. During her tennis career she won the Women’s Singles title at the French Open and reached a career-high singles ranking of World No. 3.

After retiring from tennis in 1985, Sue became a sports commentator. She joined the BBC to anchor tennis coverage at Wimbledon in 1993. Since joining the BBC Sue has become one of its chief sport presenters. She fronts key sporting events including the Olympics and is also the presenter of the popular quiz show A Question of Sport.

Through a great friendship with Lord Richard Attenborough, Sue Barker decided to follow in his footsteps by becoming President of Muscular Dystrophy UK (then the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign) in 2004. Sue became an Honorary Life President in 2018 and remains an invaluable representative for the charity, meeting hundreds of supporters and supporting numerous charity events.

Honorary Life President – Professor Martin Bobrow CBE FRS FMed Sci

Professor Martin Bobrow - Honorary Life PresidentThe Trustees were delighted when Professor Martin Bobrow accepted their invitation to become an Honorary Life President in 2013.

Professor Bobrow has made an outstanding contribution in the field of human genetics and has also been a longstanding supporter of Muscular Dystrophy UK. He served as Chair of the Board of Trustees (of the then Muscular Dystrophy Campaign) from 1995 to 2010.

In his distinguished career, he has held senior roles in higher education and clinical posts within the NHS. He was Professor of Medical Genetics at the University of Cambridge from 1995 to 2005. He also served as a Governor of the Wellcome Trust, a Council member of the Medical Research Council, and was a founding fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

He was a member of the Department of Health’s Gene Therapy Advisory Committee from 1989-1995 and Human Genetics Advisory Commission from 1996-1999.

Honorary Life President – J Alexander Patrick CBE DL

J Alexander Patrick - Honorary Life PresidentAlexander Patrick has been supporting the work of Muscular Dystrophy UK (previously the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign) for more than 50 years. He was the son of Joe Patrick, a founding member of the then Muscular Dystrophy Group and donor through the family charitable trust.

Alexander, a businessman from Kings Norton, founded our welfare fund, the Joseph Patrick Trust (JPT) in 1986 in memory of his father. He was inspired to do so by his brother who had the muscle-wasting condition, Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Since its formation, the JPT has distributed more than £6m worth of grants to help people living with muscle-wasting conditions to secure over 6,000 pieces of life-changing equipment.

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