Find out about the trustees of Blesma, their personal stories and their roles on our Board.
Lt Gen Sir Cedric Delves KBE DSO
Cedric Delves was commissioned into the Devonshire and Dorset Regiment in 1968, spending much of his service with Special Forces. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order following the Falklands War in 1982 and was made KBE in 2003. He was injured late on in a distinguished military career, losing his right leg below the knee whilst stationed in the Netherlands serving with NATO.
Charles Bishop served for six years in the Queen's Own Hussars before embarking on a career in the City. He joined Cazenove and retired in 2008 having been Chairman of the Cazenove Charitable Trust and Pensions Management Committee.
Tony Harris served for 10 years in the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers reaching the rank of Captain. He was injured in Sangin in Afghanistan in the summer of 2009. He underwent long hospitalisation and some 20 operations over many months culminating in the loss of his left leg.
Andrew Mudd BEM
Andy served in the Royal Military Police for 22 years reaching the rank of Warrant Officer Class 2. In 1989 he was seriously injured by an IRA car bomb in Colchester, losing both legs above the knee and suffering severe damage to a hand. He joined Blesma shortly afterward and continued to serve on in the Army.
Mike Gallagher MBE
Mike Gallagher served 35 years in the Army, joining in 1964 aged 16. He joined Blesma as Area Welfare Officer (South), and served 5 years. On retirement he continued, as a volunteer, in several Blesma honorary appointments and is currently Secretary of the Walsall & District Branch and the Blesma representative at the National Memorial Arboretum.
Philip Monkhouse served with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, joining up in December 1985. He was serving in Bosnia in 1995 when he was crushed between a tank transporter and a recovery vehicle which resulted in him losing his left leg above the knee.
Will was commissioned into the 3rd Battalion The RIFLES in 2007 and served in Afghanistan in September 2009. Whilst on patrol his armoured vehicle struck a roadside bomb causing him severe injuries including a below the knee amputation.
Colin Rouse MBE
Colin served in the Royal Air Force for 22 years. Whilst taking a course in June 1999 on a Service Yacht in Poole Harbour, there was an explosion on board resulting in his losing his left leg above the knee.
Rebecca brings a legal training and 20 years of life married to a soldier to Blesma. Having qualified as a Barrister and practised law for a short time, Rebecca has spent the majority of her working life supporting the military community.
Bob has worked in prosthetics since 1976 and brings a wealth of experience to Blesma. He has a long and varied career that has seen him work in Lebanon, Iraq and at the Paralympic games.
Mark has worked in communications for over 20 years in both the private and public sectors. He has managed and delivered many high profile, multi-platform, ground-breaking, award winning and highly critically acclaimed public awareness campaigns; PR events; and TV shows and documentaries.