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Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Benevolent Fund
Stanford Hall Estate, Stanford on Soar, Loughborough, LE12 5BL
Charity number: 1185308
Major Oliver O’Sullivan joined the British Army as a Medical Cadet in 2009 whilst a medical school undergraduate at the University of Liverpool Medical School. Upon graduation, he undertook house jobs in Birmingham under the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, before Phase 1 & 2 training, and subsequent posting to 1 Armoured Medical Regiment, Paderborn, Germany in 2015. Returning to the UK in 2017, he underwent Core Medical Training in Portsmouth, supported by Joint Medical Group (South).
In 2019, Maj O’Sullivan joined the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC) Stanford Hall as a Specialty Registrar in Rehabilitation and Rheumatology. He supported, and benefited from, the DMRC Benevolent Fund, and took up a position on the committee as the Treasurer in August 2020. Working as a clinician at DMRC Stanford Hall, alongside his work on the committee, allows him to see the benefits in action, as well as new opportunities for the benefit of staff and patients across the site.
Maj O’Sullivan is married with two young children (and a third on the way), owns a cocker spaniel, and enjoys long distance running, reading and all manner of sport when he has the time.
Lt Col Clarke joined the Royal Marines in 1987, specialising as a Physical Training Instructor and Exercise Rehabilitation Instructor. After leaving the RM, he became a qualified Physiotherapist and joined the Army in 2005 working at DMRC in 2007/8, again in 2015 and is currently the Professional Lead Advisor for Physiotherapy. He joined the charity committee in 2016 and has been a Trustee since 2019. “I see 1st hand the positive benefit the charity brings to our patients and staff, enhancing the rehabilitation experience of our patients and supporting them to meet and overcome the complex challenges along their rehabilitation pathway. Being a part of a charity that delivers directly in support of DMRC is incredibly rewarding and I’m immensely proud of the all the volunteers that run this charity at the heart of military rehabilitation.”
Nicola Norville is the Fundraising Manger for the DMRC Benevolent Fund. She holds this position as a volunteer in addition to her full time clinical role as Lead Speech and Language Therapist at DMRC Stanford Hall. Nicola has been actively involved with the DMRC Benevolent Fund since starting work at DMRC in 2009 and formalised her charity position by joining the committee in 2017.
George joined the charity as development and events manager in April 2020 upon leaving the Royal Marines in March 2020 after 39 years of service.
He joined the Royal Marines in 1981 and served a range of military appointments before taking the role of Military Liaison Office for Headley Court in 2013. He transitioned with the role to Stanford Hall in 2018. Post Headley Court he completed operational tours of Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. His role as Military Liaison Office Headley Court he would see 1st hand the impact the Benevolent Fund had in supporting the patients and staff of the DMRC. In 2014 he volunteered to take the committee role as patient advocate until leaving service in 2020 a role he was immensely proud of.
George joined the charity as Charity Development and Events Manager in March 2020 following a 39 year career in the Royal Marines.
George joined the Royal Marines in 1981 and served a range of military appointments before taking the role of Military Liaison Officer at Headley Court in 2013. He transitioned his role during the relocation of Headley Court to DMRC Stanford Hall in 2018.
Prior to arriving at Headley Court he completed operational tours of Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. During his role as Military Liaison Officer at Headley Court he saw first hand the impact the DMRC Benevolent Fund had in supporting the patients and staff on unit.
In 2014 he volunteered to take a DMRC Benevolent Fund committee role as Patient Advocate and held this position until leaving service in 2020. This final role is something he remains immensely proud of.
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Group Captain Rowley joined the Royal Air Force in 1994 having previously served in the RAF Regiment Reserve. His final tour prior to commissioning into the RAF Medical Support Branch in 2000 was as a paramedic in the RAF Mountain Rescue Service.
He has completed several command tours including at HQ Tactical Medical Wing as OC Operations & Logistics Squadron in 2010 and at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (Headley Court) in 2014 as Second-in-Command and Base Support Wing. He has completed numerous Staff Officer appointments at HQ Air, HQ Defence Medical Group, HQ 101 Logistic Brigade and most recently at HQ Strategic Command. Attending Advanced Staff and Command Course (2016/7) he gained a MA in Defence Studies adding to an existing MSc in Leadership and Management.
Operationally, he has deployed on numerous occasions; multiple times in support operations in Afghanistan (Op ORACLE, Op HERRICK and Op ENDURING FREEDOM) latterly as Chief of Medical Ops & Plans in the International Joint HQ, Kabul during which he was awarded the US Army Medal of Merit. In 2003, he deployed on Op TELIC to Iraq whilst assigned to the permanent cadre of 101 Logistic Brigade and in 2011 he deployed as the Medical Adviser to 906 Expeditionary Air Wing during Op ELLAMY in support of Air Operations over Libya.
Predominately a medical operational planner he also has experience in other healthcare domains such as medical logistics, training, personnel, healthcare governance and the medical reserve. His last assignment was at HQ Strategic Command, Northwood as Assistant Head Joint Medical Capability where he was responsible for the delivery of medical equipment and sustainability, DMS collective training, doctrine development (UK and NATO) and CBRN Medical Support. Towards the end of this tour his role broadened further when he established and led the DMS COVID Medical Logistics Cell to ensure the continued provision of medical logistics and personal protective equipment in conjunction with DE&S and the Department of Health.
He is currently serving as Commanding Officer of the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, which having recently relocated to Stanford Hall continues to provide high quality patient focussed healthcare to wounded and injured service personnel, rehabilitation research and most recently a variety of newly established COVID rehabilitation services.
He is married to Moira, also a serving RAF Medical Support Officer, and together they have two children and a Labrador; Charlotte (14), Isabelle (10) and Rannoch. His hobbies include paddle boarding, fitness training, mountain biking and mountaineering when time permits.
Maj Matt Perkins is the previous treasurer of the DMRC Benevolent Fund (2016-2020) and now sits as one of our board of trustees. He has been with the charity since before we grew and became a CIO(F).
An Army physiotherapy officer with experience across international Sport and Defence healthcare both at home and on operations.
Matt has served at RRU Halton, PCRF Bordon, RRU Aldershot, RRU Catterick, RM Poole, responsible for treatment and medical management in support to UKSF, ATR Winchester responsible for initial phase 1 training. Following promotion, he was posted to DMRC Headley Court, joining the charity and serving as OC Spec rehab, followed by OC Lower Limbs and was part of the transition to DMRC Stanford Hall. Following this he moved to PCRF Chilwell and now is serving in British Army, Germany, re-establishing PCRF Sennelager as part of the enduring presence left as part of the NATO mounting Base.
He has deployed to Afghanistan, Falkland Islands and various locations in Europe, Middle east and USA support of UK operations.
Sue Huggins is the Director of Strategy and Communications at Thomas Pocklington Trust, joining in the summer of 2012 to lead on charity wide strategy and communication activities. More recently, Sue has been working in partnership with the RNIB and Guide Dogs to refresh the UK wide Eye Health and Sight Loss Strategy and is currently involved in the delivery of a National Eye Health Survey.
Sue initially trained as a nurse at the Westminster Hospital in London but spent the majority of her career at the Post Office. After completing her MBA in 1998, Sue was promoted to the position of General Manager, running the nationwide network of post offices and Director of Strategy. In the latter role, Sue was instrumental in securing government funding to protect the nationwide network and for the creation of Post Office Ltd in preparation for the privatisation of the Royal Mail.
Sue was awarded an OBE in the 2010 New Year’s Honours list for her services to communities across the UK and the Post Office.
Sue’s interest in charitable work began with her involvement with The Rowland Hill Fund – the Post Offices own Benevolent Fund where she served as a Trustee for over 9 years. At the same time, Sue was a serving board member of the Prince’s Rural Leadership Team under the Business in the Community umbrella. Pub is the Hub, now a well-established charitable organisation, had its genesis in this group and Sue went on to serve as a Director to oversee its launch as an independent organisation. More recently, Sue has served as a Trustee of the Prince’s Countryside Fund – having been personally asked to take on the role by HRH Prince of Wales to assist set up and establish the charity. Seven years later, it is time to stand down as a Trustee but her involvement with the Countryside Fund continues as she stays on their Grant Committee and in providing strategic planning support.
Sue has two children, Andrew and Nicola. Andrew is a commercial pilot but served in the Royal Artillery, seeing active service in Iraq. He spent time at the RMA Sandhurst instructing officer cadets in radio communications. More recently he has volunteered his time to the Army Cadets and the Royal British Legion of which he is an active member. Sue’s brother Kevin, served 21 years in the Royal Air Force, also seeing active service in the first Gulf War and, in a support role, the Falklands conflict.
Peter Corbett is a retired accountant and became a trustee of DMRC Benevolent Fund in 2020.
After training as a Chartered Accountant with a large London firm, he held senior financial and general management positions in the UK, USA and Europe and in the private, public and third sectors.
Peter also has 12 years experience as a charity trustee across various sectors including health, housing and disability. Married with 4 children and 2 grandchildren (so far!) , he grew up in Bolton and continues to be a Bolton Wanderers supporter but now lives in Epsom.
Lt Col Clarke joined the Royal Marines in 1987, specialising as a Physical Training Instructor and Exercise Rehabilitation Instructor. After leaving the RM, he became a qualified Physiotherapist and joined the Army in 2005 working at DMRC in 2007/8, again in 2015 and is currently the Professional Lead Advisor for Physiotherapy.
He joined the charity committee in 2016 and has been a Trustee since 2019. “I see 1st hand the positive benefit the charity brings to our patients and staff, enhancing the rehabilitation experience of our patients and supporting them to meet and overcome the complex challenges along their rehabilitation pathway. Being a part of a charity that delivers directly in support of DMRC is incredibly rewarding and I’m immensely proud of the all the volunteers that run this charity at the heart of military rehabilitation.”