In 1982, the Sir Galahad was destroyed in Bluff Cove on the Falkland Islands. On board was Simon Weston, Welsh Guardsman, a name and face that was going to become well known for his struggle to overcome his injuries (46% burns) and redefine his role in life. Simon has endured years of re-constructive surgery, including 70 major operations or surgical procedures.
Following his injuries, Simon's road to physical, spiritual and mental recovery saw him active in a number of highly successful ventures. He remains a tireless worker for the charity and his charitable work earned him an OBE in the 1992 Queen's Birthday Honours. He was also awarded Freedom of the City of Liverpool in 2002 in recognition of his bravery and his charity work in the region. He has appeared in the Top 100 Merseysiders list in 2003 and honoured as one of the top 100 Welsh Heroes in 2004.Simon's story has been well publicised and he has been the subject of five major BBC Television documentaries: Simon's War, Simon's Peace, Simon's Triumph, Simon's Return and in April 1999, Simon's Journey.
Simon's message is one of single-minded determination, to not only accept what is, but to turn that to your advantage. Simon's own career clearly demonstrates how a positive mental attitude can achieve great business goals.
Professor Sir Keith Porter MB BS FRCS(Ed) FRCS(Eng) FIMC RCS(Ed) FFSEM(UK) FCEM is Honorary Professor of Clinical Traumatology at the University of Birmingham and Consultant Trauma Surgeon at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.
Qualifying originally in London and doing much of his higher surgical training in the West Midlands, he was originally appointed Consultant Trauma Surgeon at the Birmingham Accident Hospital in 1986. Following changes in hospital practice he is now Senior Trauma Surgeon at University Hospital Birmingham and the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine where he is the civilian lead co-ordinating the care of injured military personnel returning from Afghanistan. He is also an active immediate care practitioner working both in urban practice in Birmingham and the rural surrounding Shire counties.
He is the Medical Director of the West Midlands Central Accident Resuscitation (CARE) team and actively involved in both the delivery of Pre Hospital Care and education within the region. He is the regional representative of both BASICS and the Faculty of Pre Hospital Care and is actively involved in the College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, as the Chairman of the Faculty of Pre Hospital Care and an examiner. He is the Chairman of the Intercollegiate Board for training in Pre Hospital Emergency Medicine and recently Co-Chaired the DOH review on Major Trauma in relation to its Pre Hospital Care and transport sub-group.
He has published numerous books on Pre Hospital Care and contributed chapters to both Pre Hospital and Hospital publications. He is Chairman of the Trauma Care Council, Medical Adviser to the County Air Ambulance and is a member of the Resuscitation Council and Defence Scientific Advisory Committee. He is a member of the Surgeon General Research Strategy Group.
He was made a Knight of the British Empire in 2010 New Years Honour List.