Specialist wound care to help rebuild the lives of those injured in conflict


Claire Stephens
Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Claire StephenClaire undertook nurse training at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, specialising in vascular surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, critical care and tissue viability. Her postgraduate education in wound healing and tissue repair was at Cardiff University and she has undertaken several lead nurse roles during her 25-year career. Following wound care and research roles within the NHS and corporately, she joined the Army (QARANC) as a Captain. Claire's military career was unfortunately cut short after sustaining an injury. However, determined to provide ongoing, national access to wound care services to those injured while serving their country, her vision and passion has founded Woundcare4Heroes.

Professor Keith Harding CBE
Chief Medical Officer

Keith HardingKeith has had a longstanding interest in wound healing. He has undergone training in both general surgery and general practice. He was appointed as the first Director of the Wound Healing Research Unit in 1991. From 2002 - 2005 he was Head of the University Department of Surgery and currently is Director of TIME Institute (Translation, Innovation, Methodology and Engagement) and Head of Wound Healing Research Unit, School of Medicine, Cardiff University and Clinical Lead for Wound Healing in the Cardiff & Vale NHS Trust. His clinical practice is exclusively focused on treating patients with wound healing problems with a wide range of aetiologies. He holds external Professorial appointments at universities in the UK and Australia.

Lesley Street
Board Director and Vice Chair

Lesley StreetLesley has worked in Burns and Plastic Surgery for over twenty years. After working in Australia she worked at the Burns Unit at Birmingham Accident Hospital. The unit then moved to Selly Oak Hospital and she became the professional development Sister. In 2000 she was awarded funding to complete a feasibility study in assessing the need for a burns 'outreach' service, caring for burn-injured patients in the community. The study was part of her Masters Degree and lead to the development of the 'Hospital @ Home' service., where her current role is Lead Specialist Nurse. These services offer wound care guidance and management for plastic surgery and burns patients who are located around the trust, such as theatre, ITU, or on the wards. The increase in the admissions of military patients has presented the team with some unmitigated challenges and rewards.

Her current role is Lead Specialist Nurse for the Hospital @ Home / Outreach team. These services offer wound care guidance and management for plastic surgery and burns patients who are located around the trust, such as theatre, ITU, or on the wards. The management of these patients is different from the average wound care, as the types of injury and extensive surgery can be complicated and disfiguring. The increase in the admissions of military patients has presented the team with some unmitigated challenges and rewards.

Professor Peter Vowden MB ChB MD FRCS
Medical Officer

Professor Vowden is Head of the Department of Vascular Surgery at the Bradford Royal Infirmary and Clinical Director of The NIHR Healthcare Co-operative for Wound Prevention and Treatment at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He is currently Visiting Professor in Wound Healing Research at the University of Bradford. After qualifying in Leeds in 1976 he worked in Cambridge and Bristol before taking up his current position in Bradford Teaching Hospitals in 1990. With his wife he has developed a specialist wound healing unit and has a particular interest in the management of lower limb and diabetic foot ulceration. His research interests include wound measurement, vascular assessment, wound diagnostics, wound debridement and compression therapy. He has published widely on wound care and has authored several book chapters on wound management. He is a Past President of The European Wound Management Association and is still actively involved in the Association. He is currently Chair of the National Advanced Wound Care Group, a specialty interest group within the UK’s Knowledge Transfer Network. He serves on the editorial board of a number of wound care journals including International Wound Journal, The Journal of Wound Care, and Wounds UK. He has been actively involved in both EWMA Position Documents and the World Union of Wound Healing Societies Consensus Statements and in 2010 he was awarded The Medilink Beacon Award acknowledging his outstanding contribution to wound care.


Keith Moore
Trustee and Chairman of Operational Board

Keith Moore

Keith is currently a Clinical Nurse Specialist in tissue viability and works within the primary care field in the Halton and St Helen''s area in the north west of England. His military career started as a soldier in the Parachute Regiment, and he is currently serving as a nursing officer in a Territorial Army field hospital. In his role as a nursing officer, his most recent deployments have been to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Julie Carr
Treasurer and Business Development Manager

Julie CarrJulie qualified as a registered nurse in 1980 and has a passion for making a positive difference to patients’ lives based on her interest in and knowledge of wound care and compression therapy.

Julie has worked in the Wound Care Industry for over 20 years, with nearly 10 years as the Sales Director of Activa Healthcare Ltd.   Julie has also worked in a Business Development Director role for  a short period of time.

Julie has many years’ experience working with Industry Partners, Key Clinicians as well as patients within wound care environment.  Julie has been a supporter of WoundCare4Heroes and the specialist care they provide to military veterans since its inception in 2012.

Anthony Kerr
Chairman and Communications Officer

Anthony KerrAnthony is Publishing Director of MA Healthcare, He is responsible as publisher of Journal of Wound Care (JWC) and British Journal of Nursing (BJN).

He has a background in business and media. Having published JWC for eight years, he has a keen interest and expertise in wound care and the complex requirements for the care of wounded service personnel.

During his youth, Anthony joined the Air Training Corps and both his grandfather and great grandfather served in the RAF.

Paul Watson 
Chair Carer Division

Paul Watson Paul completed his BSc Mental Health Nursing degree at Northumbria University in Sept 2013. Since completing his initial nurse training, Paul has completed the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing – School Nurse PgDip in September 2014 working in Catterick Military Garrison.

As a service child himself and having served in the Army Paul has a great understanding and empathetic view of the military community and their unique challenges. Within his role at Catterick, Paul lead on the development of numerous strategic health pathways, specifically designed for military dependent children and young people. Paul's research and presentation at the National School Advisory group has singlehandedly influenced the development of the Military Families Pathway for School Nursing and Health Visiting, the first of its kind.

Paul is currently providing specialist advice nationally to members of Parliament, the Department of Health, Public Health England and the social care sector regarding the many issues military dependant children, young people and young carers experience. With his vision Paul has developed the first dedicated Military Young Carers assessment and support service, to meet the unique needs of this very diverse population. 
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