Jane Asher, President

Jane Asher became President of Parkinson's UK in February 2007.

In early 2018 we announced that Jane will be our President until 2023.

"It’s vital we
raise the funds
needed to
continue the
progress being
made in research.”

Jane became a supporter because her brother-in-law Gordon Scarfe had Parkinson's. In March 2018 Gordon sadly died of conditions related to his Parkinson's, at the age of 75. 

Jane is a successful actress, author, businesswoman and baker. She has been working professionally in film, theatre and radio since she was 5 years old.


Jane often supports fundraising events, and attends conferences and corporate functions on behalf of Parkinson's UK.

She visits local groups and regularly speaks about her connections to Parkinson's in national and regional media.


"I first began supporting the charity for personal reasons - unlike in the case of the other charitable positions that I hold - when my brother-in-law was diagnosed with Parkinson's.

"I quickly became very impressed by all those involved in the charity.

"I wanted to work with them to help spread awareness of this very debilitating and distressing condition.

"It's vital that we raise the funds needed to continue the excellent progress being made in research and to maintain and increase the improvements in care and treatment of those affected."

Our celebrity and high profile supporters

Read more about the high profile people who use their voice and time to make a difference to the lives of people with Parkinson's.