Our organisational structure represents the multiple interests influencing the research carried out within the Centre. Full details of our Advisory Board, Military Amputee Research Advisory Group and Centre Management Group can be found below.

Governance

Advisory Board

The Centre is afforded external advice and guidance through its Advisory Board. Currently chaired by Admiral the Lord Boyce KG GCB OBE DL, a former Chief of Defence Staff, the board comprises prominent figures from the arenas of health, industry, academia and defence. Strategic guidance and an ambassadorial function are but two of the roles of this executive oversight committee.

 Boyce  

Admiral of the Fleet the Lord Boyce KG GCB OBE DL

Lord Boyce joined the Royal Navy in 1961 and his subsequent sea commands included two conventional submarines, a nuclear attack submarine and the frigate HMS BRILLIANT. His career culminated in being First Sea Lord and then Chief of Defence Staff before retirement in May 2003. He was elevated to the peerage in June 2003, appointed Lord Warden and Admiral of the Cinque Ports and Constable of Dover Castle in July 2004 and holds, or has held, a number of appointments in various charities and associations, including being Colonel Commandant Special Boat Service, Chairman Royal National Lifeboat Institution, Chairman HMS Victory Preservation Company and Patron Forces in Mind Trust. Imperial College conferred him with an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science in October 2016.

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Kate Davies OBE

Kate Davies heads three areas of Direct Commissioning for NHS England: Health & Justice, Armed Forces & their Families and Sexual Assault Referral Centre. As a Director of the national support team, she supports the four regions that commission healthcare services across England; this national role assures quality, consistent and sustained services with a strong focus on health inequalities and outcomes for patients and their families. Kate was previously the Executive Lead for Prison, Detainee and Sexual Assault Referral Centres Healthcare Commissioning for East Midlands and led the Healthcare Commissioning for Prison and Offender Health. In 2009, she was awarded an OBE for her services to disadvantaged communities.

Granville-Chapman

 

General Sir Timothy Granville-Chapman GBE KCB

Fourteen of Sir Timothy Granville-Chapman's 41 years in the Army were as General. After seven years on the Army Board as the Assistant Chief of the General Staff, the Adjutant General and the Commander-in-Chief, he then spent four years on the Defence Board as the Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, running the business of Defence, principally in the operational and capability realms. Sir Timothy has directed the Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre project since October 2009 while holding a variety of other appointments, including that of the Master Gunner St James's Park appointed by The Queen, the 31st incumbent of the post.

Henson

 

David Henson MBE

The Center's veterans' representative, David Henson, joined the Army in 2008 serving with the Royal Engineers after completing his Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering. During a tour of Afghanistan in 2011, David was severely wounded and lost both his legs. Following his retirement from the Army, he completed his MSc in Biomedical Engineering at Imperial College London, focusing on improving prosthetic knee joints. In 2014, David was GB Captain for the Invictus Games and appointed MBE for services to the military in the Queen's Birthday Honours List. He is currently undertaking his PhD Bioengineering at Imperial College London, exploring amputee musculoskeletal biomechanics.

Lillywhite

 

Lieutenant General Louis Lillywhite CB, MBE, QHS

Louis Lillywhite retired as surgeon general of the UK Armed Forces in 2010. His 42-year career in the Army included medical appointments as a consultant occupational physician; operational deployments; and command and staff appointments in the Ministry of Defence and in various army and NATO Headquarters. He now works at the Centre on Global Health Security at Chatham House as a Senior Research Fellow, leading on health and conflict research. He also works for the Tribunal Appeal Service and is a member of the Bevan Commission for Wales.

Taylor

 

Sir Anthony Newman Taylor

Professor of Occupational & Environmental Medicine and Director of Research at the National Heart & Lung Institute and the President’s Envoy for Health, Imperial College London, Sir Anthony Newman Taylor was a Non-Executive Director of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust between 2012 and 2016 and Principal of the Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College, between 2010 and 2012. Between 1977 and 2010, he was consultant physician at Royal Brompton Harefield NHS Trust, where his appointments included Deputy Chief Executive, Medical Director and Director of Research. Currently, Sir Anthony is chairman of the Independent Medical Expert Group of the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme, chairman of the Workplace Health Expert Committee, an expert scientific advisory group for HSE, and chairman of the Colt Foundation as well as a trustee of the Rayne Foundation.

O'Nions

 

Sir Keith O'Nions FRS Hon.FREng

Imperial College London’s former President & Rector, Sir Keith O’Nions, has held many distinguished roles in academia and government, including serving as the Director General of the UK’s seven Research Councils where he developed the UK science and innovation policy and strategy. He was Chief Scientific Adviser for the UK Ministry of Defence, Head of Earth Sciences at the University of Oxford and Director General, Science and Innovation, in the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills. Throughout his career, Sir Keith has gained a number of honorary degrees and distinguished fellowships. In the 1999 Queen’s Birthday Honours, he received his knighthood for services to earth sciences.

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Ian R Stopps CBE, DTech

Ian is former chairman of Raytheon UK; founder, ex-chairman and now senior board advisor of the McLean Group; as well as chairman of the Advisory Board for Loughborough University School of Business and Economics. He is also an advisory board member of British American Business, and was appointed as a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society in 2005. Ian earned a first-class honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Loughborough University, after which his career included senior executive positions in GE and BFGoodrich, and as chief executive of Lockheed Martin UK. He was appointed CBE for services to the UK Aerospace and Defence Industry in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for 2003; and awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Technology from Loughborough University in 2014.

Willett

 

Professor Keith Willett CBE

A Professor of Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery at the University of Oxford, Keith Willet has extensive experience of trauma care, service redesign and healthcare management. The Department of Health appointed him as National Clinical Director for Trauma Care (2009) and later as National Director for Acute Episodes of Care to NHS England (2012). His clinical practice has been exclusively with the immediate treatment, rehabilitation and reconstructive surgery of patients sustaining musculo-skeletal and soft tissue injuries. Keith was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2016 New Year Honours for services to the NHS.

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Professor Alison McGregor 

Alison McGregor is a Professor of Musculoskeletal Biodynamics in the Department of Surgery and Cancer at Imperial College London where she manages the Human Performance Group. Alison trained as a physiotherapist at King's College Hospital, qualifying in 1989, and then studied Biomedical Engineering at Surrey University, which led to a PhD project in spinal mechanics and low back pain at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School. Her research focuses on the musculoskeletal system with respect to mechanisms of injury, effects of injury on function and rehabilitation and injury management.

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Simon Harmer

Simon Harmer joined the British Army in 1997 as a Combat Medical Technician. In 2009, he sustained life-changing injuries from an IED explosion. Since being injured, Simon has taken part in numerous challenges, has become a volunteer ambassador for several service charities, and is a public speaker.  He regularly delivers inspiring presentations at corporate meetings and educational talks in schools and colleges.

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Nick Beighton

Nick Beighton is a British paracanoeist and former British Army Officer. Nick served as a Captain in the Royal Engineers but was injured in Afghanistan in 2009 when he stood on an IED and lost both his legs. In 2012, Nick competed in para-rowing at the Summer Paralympics in London and came fourth. He then subsequently became a member of the British Paracanoe squad and competed at the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, winning the bronze medal in the Men's KL2 canoe sprint. 

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Jon White

Jon White was serving as an Officer in the Royal Marines when he stepped on an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) whilst on tour in Afghanistan in 2010. He now works as an inspirational speaker, leadership consultant and executive coach, alongside studying towards an MSc in clinical psychology at Exeter University. In 2015, Jon was commissioned by The Royal Marines Charity and its partner charity Blesma – the Limbless Veterans charity – to write a report urging the Government to improve the treatment for above knee amputees. As a result, the Government agreed that discharged veterans could regain access to MOD treatment facilities with NHS funding.

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Josh Boggi

Josh Boggi joined the British Army in 2004 at the age of 17. In 2010, he stood on an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), resulting in the loss of both his legs and his right arm. Since then, Josh has competed in the Inaugural Invictus Games in London, where he won a bronze medal in the Cycling Time Trial and at the 2016 Games in Orlando where he took home 2 silver medals in Cycling and 2 gold medals in Rowing.

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Gp Capt Jon Kendrew 

Gp Capt Jonathan Kendrew is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine working clinically at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. He received Orthopaedic specialist training in Nottingham and Derby and was appointed as a Consultant in 2009. Jonathan is experienced in the acute and longer term surgical management of blast and GSW injuries including the management of complex amputation and the use of osseointegration.

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Mr Shehan Hettiaratchy

Mr Shehan Hettiaratchy is a Consultant Plastic, Hand and Reconstructive Surgeon and the Lead Surgeon and Major Trauma Director at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust in London. He is currently a reservist with the British Army and has been involved in the care of military personnel in the UK. Shehan is the clinical lead for the NHS’s Veterans Trauma Network and co-lead of the Trauma Bioengineering Network at Imperial College London

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Kate Sherman

Kate Sherman is the Clinical Lead Physiotherapist for Prosthetic and Orthotic Rehabilitation in the Complex Trauma Team at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre at Stanford Hall. In 2011, Kate was one of six winners of the Barclays Women of the Year Award for her work in making a difference to the lives of British troops who had been wounded. In 2012, Kate completed her MSc in Rehabilitation Studies and has since been keen to further promote research and evidence based practice in the treatment and rehabilitation of complex injuries. 

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Barry Le Grys

Barry is currently the Chief Executive of Blesma, a Service charity that has specialised in assisting veterans overcome limb loss and loss of use since the end of World War One. He is also a Governor of Motability, Director of the Confederation of Service Charities (Cobseo), a Director of Veterans Scotland, and a Member of the Independent Medical Expert Group advising the Ministry of Defence on the relevance and validity of the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme. 

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Brian Chenier 

Brian Chenier is a former military policeman who now works at Blesma, the Limbless Veterans charity, as a Support Officer for Prosthetics. Brian joined Blesma in 2013 to represent, lobby for and support limbless veterans access to the best prosthetic provision available. Part of his role involves representing the charity on various committees, steering groups and networks.

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Centre Management Group

The Centre’s Management Group is comprised of the Centre Director, Clinical Lead, Associate Directors and Centre Manager. The monthly group meetings conduct the internal management of the Centre to ensure the financial governance and integration of research

 Bull  

Professor Anthony M J Bull, FREng, Centre Director

Anthony's interest in Blast Injuries stems from a strong history of clinical collaborations and the application of bioengineering to real clinical need in order to have an impact on health and wellbeing. In addition to CBIS, Anthony leads the Musculoskeletal Medical Engineering Centre, a multi-million pound, multi-disciplinary and multi-investigator research activity at Imperial College. His administrative roles include Head of Department of Bioengineering and Director (Engineering) of the Michael Uren Biomedical Engineering Research hub.

 Clasper  

Professor (Col) Jon Clasper CBE, Clinical Lead

Jon qualified from Glasgow University in 1986 and completed his basic surgical training in the armed forces. His higher surgical training included a year at the Major Trauma Centre in Baltimore, USA, and 3 years at Oxford. His clinical post is Consultant Trauma and Upper Limb Surgeon at Frimley Park NHS Foundation Trust. As Defence Professor in Trauma and Orthopaedics, Jon is responsible for the orthopaedic research focus of the British military which is a joint post between the military and The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. A founding member of Imperial Blast, Jon was appointed as a Visiting Professor in Bioengineering at Imperial College London in 2010.

Masouros

 

Dr Spyros Masouros, Associate Director

Spyros is a lecturer in Trauma Biomechanics in the Department of Bioengineering. Spyros received his first degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2004 from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece. He received his PhD in Biomechanics from Imperial College, London in 2008. Spyros specialises in Finite Element modelling of human joints, material characterisation of soft tissues of joints, physical models of lower limb injury and their mitigation and the design of athroscopic devices.

McGregor

 

Professor Alison McGregor, Associate Director

Alison is a Professor of Musculoskeletal Biodynamics in the Department of Surgery and Cancer where she manages the Human Performance Group. Alison trained as a physiotherapist at King's College Hospital, qualifying in 1989, and then studied Biomedical Engineering at Surrey University which led to a PhD project in spinal mechanics and low back pain at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School. Her research focuses on the musculoskeletal system with respect to mechanisms of injury, effects of injury on function and rehabilitation and injury management. 

Foss

 

Dr Lucy Foss, Research Programmes Manager

Lucy joins us from the Wellcome Trust where she was Team Manager for the Neuroscience and Mental Health remit. Prior to joining the Wellcome Trust, Lucy worked as a research technician at the University of Birmingham, where she completed her PhD in neurobiology. With extensive experience in pre- and post-award management, Lucy provides externally-facing support and relationship management as well as oversee the planning and delivery of the Centre’s research activities.

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