We are very grateful to our ambassadors who on the behalf of DEBRA UK and the EB community raise awareness of the condition, of the charity, and the work we do. Their support is vital to achieving our campaigning and fundraising goals.

There are many ways that our ambassadors support and represent the charity, including talking and answering questions about EB and DEBRA in the media and at events, and by promoting planned awareness and fundraising initiatives and activities.


Meet the DEBRA ambassadors


Michel Roux Jnr

Chef Michel Roux JR.

Michel is a world-renowned chef, who has run the hugely successful Le Gavroche restaurant in London since 1991, securing two Michelin stars.

He is also a very familiar face to millions of people due to numerous appearances on TV shows including MasterChef: The Professionals, Saturday Kitchen, and Food and Drink.

Michel has been a DEBRA supporter for many years, including hosting our annual Great Chefs Dinner, which in 2023 raised over £100,000 towards our A Life Free of Pain appeal.



Emma Dodds

Emma Dodds

Emma is a well-known Scottish broadcaster, presenter, and public speaker who currently presents football coverage on TNT Sports.

Emma assists the charity in many ways, including the coordination and hosting of DEBRA events in Scotland such as the 2023 sports dinner featuring our Vice President, Graeme Souness. She has also helped introduce new contacts to the charity through her wide network, including sports personalities who have attended and supported our Scottish events.

Through Emma’s social media channels, she also raises awareness of EB and our charitable activities.


Steve Rider - Golf President

Steve RiderSteve Rider is familiar to sports fans up and down the country from presenting numerous sports programmes including Sportsnight and Grandstand on the BBC, football coverage, Formula 1, and the 2011 Rugby World Cup on ITV, and most recently anchoring coverage of the British Touring Car Championship on ITV4.

Steve is also an avid Golfer and fulfils the role of Golf Ambassador for DEBRA, utilising his extensive list of contacts to garner support for our annual programme of golf days, which in 2023 brought in over £200,000 to support the charity.


John Williams MBE - Culinary Advisor

John Williams ChefDEBRA is very grateful to be able to count on the support of highly acclaimed Chef, John Williams MBE.

John is extremely well connected from over four decades of working within the hospitality industry which included working his way up the ranks at some of London’s most prestigious hotels and being appointed Maître Chef des Cuisines in 1995. Since 2004 he fulfils the role of Executive Chef at The Ritz London, the world-renowned 5-star luxury hotel in Mayfair.

As Culinary Ambassador for DEBRA UK, John uses his extensive list of connections to help secure vital support for the charity and its culinary events.