Our Vision:

A world without scarring

The Scar Free Foundation is chaired by Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, former NHS Medical Director of NHS England. Our Patron is HRH The Duchess of Edinburgh. Trustees include leading clinicians, business leaders and people with a lived experience of scarring.

We were founded in 1999 in response to the King’s Cross fire, which highlighted the urgent need to improve the outcomes for people who sustain scarring injuries. 24 years later, we have made possible more than £50 million worth of important, life-changing research into wound healing and scarring. This includes establishing seven multi-million-pound research centres and programmes at UK universities and hospitals and numerous standalone research projects.


To achieve scar free healing within a generation and transform the lives of those affected by scarring.


- Define and lead an ambitious and innovative approach to medical research

- Keep the lived experience voice at the heart of all that we do

- Encourage collaboration among researchers, scientist, clinicians and other organisations to foster knowledge sharing and enhance research outcomes

- Maintain transparency and accountability in the management of resources, financial stewardship and efficient use of funding

- Work with integrity, upholding the highest ethical standards in research

- Embrace diversity, foster inclusion, and promote sustainability in all aspects of our operations