Professor Sir Hew Strachan FBA, FRSE Professor Sir Hew Strachan FBA, FRSE  headshot


Hew Strachan, FBA, FRSE, Hon. D. Univ (Paisley) has been Wardlaw Professor of International Relations at the University of St Andrews since 2015.  He is a Life Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, where he taught from 1975 to 1992, before becoming Professor of Modern History at Glasgow University from 1992 to December 2001. He was Chichele Professor of the History of War at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of All Souls College 2002-15 (where he is now an Emeritus Fellow), and Director of the Oxford Programme on the Changing Character of War 2003-2012. He was a Commonwealth War Graves Commissioner 2006-18 and a Trustee of the Imperial War Museum 2010-17 and served on the national committees for the centenary of the First World War of the United Kingdom, Scotland and France.  In 2010 he chaired a task force on the implementation of the Armed Forces Covenant for the Prime Minister. In 2011 he was the inaugural Humanitas Visiting Professor in War Studies at the University of Cambridge and became a specialist adviser to the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the National Security Strategy. He is a Captain in the King’s Bodyguard for Scotland (Royal Company of Archers). In December 2012, Foreign Policy magazine included him in its list of top global thinkers for the year. He was knighted in the 2013 New Year’s Honours and was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Tweeddale in 2014. In 2016 he was awarded the Pritzker Prize for Lifetime Achievement for Military Writing.  His publications include The Politics of the British Army (1997); The First World War: To Arms (2001); Clausewitz’s On War: a Biography (2007); The First World War: a New Illustrated History (2003); and The Direction of War (2013).


Major General Tim Hodgetts Major General Tim Hodgetts


Major General Tim Hodgetts is the Surgeon General of the United Kingdom Armed Forces; the Master General of the Army Medical Services; the Chair of the Committee of Military Medical Chiefs in NATO (COMEDS); and Deputy Lieutenant for the County of West Midlands. 


Tim was commissioned in 1983 and trained at Westminster Medical School, qualifying with distinction in 1986. He holds fellowships with the Royal College of Physicians of London, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Royal College of Emergency Medicine, Faculty of Pre-hospital Care, Institute of Healthcare Managers, and the Royal Geographical Society. 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. He graduated from Joint Command & Staff College in 2011 and the Royal College of Defence Studies in 2018. 


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. He was first appointed Professor in 1998 at the European Institute of Health and Medical Sciences, then at the University of Birmingham (2001), City University of London (2013) and the Military Medical Academy in Belgrade (2023). He was the inaugural Defence Professor with the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, and Penman Foundation Professor of Surgery in South Africa for 2011. 


Within Defence Tim has been responsible for nurturing the specialty of emergency medicine from infancy to maturity. He has implemented concept, doctrine, equipment and practice changes to transform the early management of combat injury and led major trauma governance from 1997-2010. Clinical leadership appointments have included Defence Consultant Adviser in EM (1997-2008); and Assistant Director Clinical Services at RCDM (2001-2007). He has served on operations in hospitals in Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Oman, Afghanistan (3 tours), Kuwait and Iraq (4 tours). On 6 of these tours he was the hospital’s Medical Director, including the multinational Danish-UK-US hospital in Afghanistan, 2009. 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. He was elected by the nations to be Chair COMEDS in 2021 and was appointed Master General of the Army Medical Services in 2022. 


Tim has published extensively (books & journal articles) and regularly lectures internationally as a keynote speaker on leadership, innovation at pace, disaster medicine and combat casualty care. He is co-author of Major Incident Medical Management and Support; Battlefield Casualty Drills; Army Team Medic; Battlefield Advanced Trauma Life Support; and Clinical Guidelines for Operations. He co-founded the citizenAID® charity from 2017, designing a free multi award-winning app to support the public during a terrorist attack and inventing a new device (the Tourni-Key™) for the public to treat life-threatening limb bleeding. 


Tim was made Officer of the Order of St John of Jerusalem in 1999; Commander of the British Empire in 2009; and Companion of the Order of the Bath in 2023. He received the Danish Defence Medal for Meritorious Service in 2010. Tim was Queen’s Honorary Physician from 2004 to 2010, then Queen’s Honorary Surgeon in 2018 and King’s Honorary Surgeon from 2022. In 2010 he received the Defence Scientific Adviser’s Commendation for contribution to research and has been awarded 18 academic medals, including the prestigious Mitchiner Medal of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. His academic department was twice recognised nationally as the “Training Team of the Year” and in 2006 he was honoured with the personal accolade of Hospital Doctor of the Year throughout the NHS. He was named in a British Medical Association dossier as one of the most innovative doctors in the country.

Professor Ben Wadham Professor Ben Wadham headshot

Professor Ben Wadham is the Director of Open Door: Understanding and Supporting service Personnel and their Families research initiative which is part of the Flinders Institute for Mental Health and Wellbeing. Ben is a veteran who served in the Australian infantry and as a Military Police Corporal before stumbling across university studies in 1992. Ben adopts a social health approach to veteran and family wellbeing. He has conducted pioneering studied in institutional abuse in the Australian Defence Force and recently completed the first national study of incarcerated veteran sin Australia. 


He is a representative on the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide Lived Experience Research Advisory Group. His current project includes the study Veteran Suicide: Investigating the Social Had Historical Dimensions, a review of the DVA Chaplaincy Program and work on RPL/CPL for veterans adopting university as a transition pathway. Ben led the development of the Military Academic Pathway – the only foundation course for veterans in Australia that draws upon military skills and experience and doesn’t require a tertiary ranking score or matriculation which ash seen about 150 veterans find their way to university. 


Ben has advised the DVA on the changes to veteran entitlement legislation the reorientation of their strategic research plan. He has also recently given expert testimony to the DVSRC and advised them on military justice, ADF ranks and promotions and produced the report on military culture and military institutional abuse and its relationship to veteran self-harm and suicide which forms the basis of this presentation. 


Professor Suzette Brémault-Phillips Dr. Suzette Brémault-Phillips

Dr. Suzette Brémault-Phillips is an Occupational Therapist and Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Alberta, and Director of the Heroes in Mind Advocacy and Research Consortium (HiMARC), a provincial hub for research, teaching and service in support of military members, Veterans, public safety personnel and their families. Her research interests include resilience, well-being, moral injury and mental health. Dr. Brémault-Phillips is Chair and Principal Investigator of the Canadian Military, Veteran and Family Connected Campus Consortium (



Professor Karl Hamner Professor Karl Hamner, Ph.D headshot


Karl is a Clinical Professor and Director, The Office of Evaluation Research and School Improvement in The University of Alabama’s (UA) College of Education. He conducts mixed-methods research on improving transitions from military service to civilian life using mixed-method community-based participatory research within an ecological framework, improving Veteran suicide prevention by using an ecological lens, the impact of biopsychosocial interventions to improve well-being, and the effectiveness of education programs and policies. He serves on the Alabama Governor’s Challenge to Prevent Suicide among Servicemembers, Veterans and their Families, the UA Council for Community-Based Partnerships, and is Chair of the International Advisory Group for the Flinders University grant from the Australian Research Council “Veteran suicide: Investigating the historical and social dimensions.” Dr. Hamner received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1993.

Dr Jane Potter Jane potter headshot

Jane Potter is Reader in Arts at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing, Oxford Brookes University, UK. She is the editor of A History of World War I Poetry (2023) and Wilfred Owen: Selected Letters (2023). Her other publications include Boys in Khaki, Girls in Print: Women’s Literary Responses to the Great War, 1914-1918 (2005) and with Carol Acton, Working in a World of Hurt: Trauma and Resilience in the Narratives of Medical Personnel in War Zones (2015).





Doctor Alisha Ali Doctor Alisha Ali

Alisha is an Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Psychology at New York University. She heads the Advocacy & Community-Based Trauma Studies (ACTS) lab. Her research includes the development and evaluation of the DE-CRUIT program which uses theatre to treat the effects of trauma among military veterans. Her other current projects include investigations into empowerment-based programs for domestic violence survivors and low-income high school students.

She has presented her research to a range of international audiences, including the World Economic Forum and the United Nations Development Program. She is co-editor (with Dana Crowley Jack) of the book Silencing the Self Across Cultures: Depression and Gender in the Social World (Oxford University Press), co-editor (with Niobe Way, Carol Gilligan & Pedro Noguera) of the book The Crisis of Connection (NYU Press), and co-editor (with Bradley Lewis & Jazmine Russell) of the book The Mad Studies Reader (Routledge Press). Her work has been funded by numerous agencies including the National Institute of Mental Health, the Institute of Education Sciences, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Allstate Foundation, the Military Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association, Wellcome Trust, American Psychological Foundation, Loeb-Thirdpoint Foundation, Spencer Foundation, New York Community Trust, Einhorn Family Charitable Trust, Robin Hood Foundation, Canadian Race Relations Foundation, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Fordham Street Foundation, the Group Foundation for Advancing Mental Health, Humanities New York, and the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund.

Doctor Ali received her B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Toronto.