Woundcare4Heroes


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


Trustees 


Claire Stephens
Founder and chief executive

Claire StephenClaire is a nurse specialist and former nursing officer captain of The Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps. It is her passion and vision that led to the setting up Woundcare4heroes, to provide ongoing specialist wound care to former members of the military.

Claire qualified as a nurse at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham where she worked for 17 years, specialising in vascular surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, critical care and tissue viability research. Claire undertook postgraduate education in wound healing and tissue repair at Cardiff University.

She held several lead nurse roles in the NHS and corporately before joining the Army as a Captain (QUARANC) during the Afghanistan conflict in a role supporting the increased need for complex wound support. Claire’s military career was cut short in 2011 due to injury and as part of her own patient journey, she identified gaps within transitional care from the MoD to NHS. Determined to help improve trauma aftercare for veterans, she founded Woundcare4heroes.


Professor Keith Harding CBE FRCGP FRCP FRCS FLSW 
Chief Medical Officer

Keith HardingProfessor Harding is trained in both general surgery and general practice with a specialist interest in wound healing.  He was appointed as the first Director of the Wound Healing Research Unit at Cardiff University in 1991.  From 2011 – 2013 he was 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. 

In September 2013, he was appointed Dean of Clinical Innovation at Cardiff University and in 2014 was made Medical Director of the Welsh Wound Innovation Centre.  His clinical practice is exclusively focused on treating patients with wound healing problems. Professor Harding holds external professorial appointments at universities in the UK and Australia. He has authored over 350 publications in the field of wound healing and has written chapters and books on this subject.  He is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Wound Journal published by Wiley.


Professor Peter Vowden MB ChB MD FRCS

Professor Vowden has recently retired as Head of the Department of Vascular Surgery at the Bradford Royal Infirmary. He is currently Visiting Professor in Wound Healing Research at the University of Bradford and continues in his role as Honorary Clinical Director of The NIHR Healthcare Co-operative for Wound Prevention and Treatment at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. 

After qualifying in Leeds in 1976, he worked in Cambridge and Bristol before taking up his consultant post 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 with the Association’s work. 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 and has been actively involved in both EWMA Position Documents and the World Union of Wound Healing Societies Consensus Statements.

In 2010 he was awarded The Medilink Beacon Award acknowledging his outstanding contribution to wound care.

 

Major Keith Moore
Trustee & 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.

Julie has many years’ experience working with industry partners, key clinicians and 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, 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.
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