Find out about the trustees of Blesma, their personal stories and their roles on our Board.
General Sir Adrian Bradshaw KCB OBE
Adrian joined Blesma following a distinguished military career, in which he served in Armour, Helicopters and Special Forces, including command of the King’s Royal Hussars, 7th Armoured Brigade and the 1st (UK) Armoured Division, culminating with being the Deputy Supreme Allied Commander in Europe.
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.
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.
Ali was a former Major in the Queen Alexanders Royal Army Nursing Corps. Ali was injured in a road traffic accident in July 2005 resulting in paraplegia - the loss of use of her lower limbs. Ali, in addition to sitting on our Board of Trustees, is a Member of the Association.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.