Lt General Louis Lillywhite BC, MBE OStJ

Bevan Commissioner

Louis Lillywhite retired as Surgeon General of the UK Armed Forces in 2010. His 42 year career in the Army included medical appointments as a Consultant Occupational Physician, operational deployments, and Command and Staff appointments in the Ministry of Defence and various Army and NATO Headquarters. These included command of the Army’s Parachute medical unit, Chief Executive of British Forces Germany Health Services, Commander Medical of the 1st Armoured Division (including during the First Gulf War) and Director General of the Army Medical Services. Although remaining “retired”, he was in 2017 appointed as Master-General of the Army Medical Service. He was from 2010 to 2016 Chief Medical Officer St John Ambulance England.

Since retirement from the Army he has worked as a Senior Research Consultant for the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), leading on the relationship between conflict and health and responsible for a number of research projects and for developing a global health security track as part of the Munich Security Conference. He was also a member of the WHO International Health Regulations Review Committee set up after the 2014 Ebola epidemic.

He is a member of the Tribunal Appeal Service for Wales and SW England, hearing appeals in respect of Employment Support Allowance, Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payment etc.

He is a Trustee and past President of the Medical Society of London, President of the Airborne Medical Society, President of his local branch of the Royal British Legion, a Trustee of the Airborne Forces Security Fund, Patron of the Orders of St John Care Trust, Chair of the Welsh Government R&D Division External Strategy Group, and a member of the Royal British Legion Centre for Blast Injury Studies Advisory Board at Imperial College.