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


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.


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.


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.



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.



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.



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.

 Bill Rollo

Lieutenant General (Retd) Sir Bill Rollo

Lieutenant General (Retd) Sir Bill Rollo joined the Army in 1977. He retired in 2013. After operational commands in Bosnia, Kosovo and Iraq he was the Adjutant General, responsible for all personnel matters for the Army, and Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (Personnel & Training), responsible for Tri-Service personnel policy in the UK Ministry of Defence. In both the latter appointments the brief included health and veterans’ policy.

Since leaving he has had a variety of charitable and other roles, including the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, where he is currently the Vice-Chairman, and The Military Mutual. He was the trustee responsible for the veterans’ programme at King Edward VII’s Hospital (Sister Agnes) for 9 years, finishing in 2018 and has previously served as a Trustee of what is now the Scar Free Foundation.

Major General Tim Hodgetts

Major General Tim Hodgetts was commissioned in 1983 and trained at Westminster Medical School, qualifying with distinction in 1986. He has a PhD in Public Health (‘A revolutionary approach to improving combat casualty care’); Master’s degrees in Medical Education and Business Administration; and is a Chartered Manager.

Tim’s professional career began as a general physician in the British Military Hospital in Hannover, progressing to higher training in emergency medicine in Manchester and Sydney. He became Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Frimley Park Hospital from 1995, transferring to the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine in 2001 on its inception, where he served until 2010. From 2011-13 he was Medical Director within NATO’s Allied Rapid Reaction Corps; and from 2014-17 he was Medical Director for the Defence Medical Services. From 2018 until assuming his role as Surgeon General he has was the Army’s Senior Health Advisor, the Head of the Army Medical Services and a Commissioner at the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

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Amputee Research Advisory Group



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.


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.



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. 


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.


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.


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.



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



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. 


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. 


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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Paul Hindle 

Wing Commander Paul Hindle is a consultant surgeon based at the Royal Centre for Defence medicine. He undertook his orthopaedic training and PhD in Edinburgh followed by fellowship in Toronto. His clinical and academic interests are focused on complex trauma and he is the surgical lead for the Osseointegration programme.

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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


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.


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 was responsible for the orthopaedic research focus of the British military which was 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.



Dr Spyros Masouros, Associate Director

Spyros is a Reader in Injury Biomechanics 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.



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. 

 Dave Sharp

Professor David Sharp, Associate Director

Dave is a neurologist whose research programme aims to improve the clinical outcome after dementia and traumatic brain injury (TBI), focussing on common cognitive impairments in domains such as memory and attention. He uses cognitive neuroscience and advanced neuroimaging to investigate the effect of the brain injury on brain network function and the effects of inflammation and neurodegeneration. As well as his role as Associate Director of CBIS, he is also Centre Director of the UK DRI Care Research & Technology, and the Scientific Director of the Imperial College Clinical Imaging Facility.

Lucy Foss


Dr Lucy Foss, Research Programmes Manager

Lucy has extensive experience in pre- and post-award management, and a PhD in neurobiology. She provides externally-facing support and relationship management, as well as overseeing the planning and delivery of the Centre’s research activities. As well as managing the Centre for Injury Studies and the Centre for Blast Injury Studies, Lucy also manages the NIHR Global Health Research Group on POsT Conflict Trauma; PrOTeCT. Prior to joining Imperial Lucy worked in the Grants team at the Wellcome Trust for four years, firstly as a Grants Adviser in the Cellular, Developmental and Physiological Sciences team and then as Team Manager for the Neuroscience and Mental Health remit.

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