Signing the Armed Forces Covenant is a promise that we will continue to acknowledge, understand, and fully support the needs of the Armed Forces community throughout our research and employment.
Serving personnel, both Regular and Reservists, veterans, and military families contribute immensely to our country. They are also an integral part of our strategy to achieve scar free healing within a generation.
In 2018, The Scar Free Foundation Centre for Conflict Wound Research was opened in Birmingham with projects taking place at University Hospital Birmingham NHSFT and the University of the West of England. This world-class research centre has one focus – reduce the physical and psychological impact of scarring among servicemen and women and those injured in terrorist attacks.
The support from the Armed Forces community for the Centre has been overwhelming. We have a long-standing partnership with the CASEVAC Club - a members-only club for those seriously wounded in combat during recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Our veteran community continue to serve by contributing to studies and sharing their experiences with researchers. Their stories, and the stories of other veterans, help guide our research strategy. You can read more about the CASEVAC Club and their mission here: CASEVAC Club.
And course, our Chief Executive Lt. Gen (retired) Richard Nugee, is a veteran himself. Richard has served in numerous operations such as the conflicts in Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan. During his service, he fulfilled several senior roles including the Chief of Defence People (2016–2020) with responsibility for all policy relating to the Wounded, Injured and Sick. Richard joined the Foundation as a Trustee in 2016, and joined as our Chief Executive in 2023. Throughout this time with us, Richard has continued to advocate for the wellbeing of veterans and serving personnel.
We are immensely proud to officially enshrine our commitment to the Armed Forces community in writing. We look forward to continuing and strengthening our long association with the Armed Forces through our work with Conflict Wounds Research and beyond.