Military Veterans and their Families Wellbeing Symposium

Westminster Centre for Research and Innovation in Veterans’ Wellbeing
‘Supporting the Armed Forces Community’

Link to Military Veterans and their Families Wellbeing Symposium event
Thursday, 5th October, 2017
University of Chester, Churchill House, Queens Park Campus, Handbridge, Chester CH4 7AD

Keynote Presenter:  

Sir Simon Wessely is Regius Professor of Psychiatry and Co-Director, King’s Centre for Military Health Research and Academic Department of Military Mental Health, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London.  Sir Simon is the Civilian Consultant Advisor in Psychiatry to the British Army and a trustee of Combat Stress.

Other presenters include: 

  • Mr Chris Matherson - MP for Chester
  • Professor Alan Finnegan - Director of the Westminster Centre for Research & Innovation in Veterans' Wellbeing
  • Dr Jonathan Leach - Chair NHS England Armed Forces and their Families Clinical Reference Group

  • Ms Hilary Meredith – Chair of Hilary Meredith Solicitors and Chair of the Royal British Legion Legal Group

  • Dr Richard Preece - Executive Lead for Quality for the Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership

  • Professor Malcolm Rae OBE FRCN - Chair of State of Mind Charity and Danny Sculthorpe - Retired Professional Rugby League Player.


  • Professor Teresa Ryan – Northwest Florida State College

Research - Dave Sacree, PhD Student, CRIVW

Question Time:  

Chaired by Dr Peter Carter OBE with panellists’ including:

  • Colonel Phil Harrison (Regional Commander - North West England) 
  • Brigadier Robin Simpson OStJ (Dean of the Defence Medical Services) 
  • Major Bev Sapre (General Adult Consultant Psychiatrist)

View timetable for the day- Veterans Conference Programme

Pre Symposium Dinner...

Places are also available at the Military Veterans and their Families Wellbeing Pre Symposium Dinner on Wednesday 4th October - For more information and to book a place, please visit

Please contact with any queries.