FiMT Research Centre Conference 2024

Research with impact for ex-Service personnel and their families.

Bush House, London, United Kingdom

The Forces in Mind Trust Research Centre Conference 2024 will be an unmissable event, giving a platform to individuals from across service provision, government, and research, presenting current topical evidence involving ex-Service personnel and their families. Alongside fascinating talks on the day, there will be ample opportunities for networking with professionals from across the sector.  


The theme for the 2024 conference is 'Research with impact for ex-Service personnel and their families’. It will showcase high-quality research with the potential to inform practitioners, service providers and decision-makers and advance knowledge, policy and practice. Producing real-world change and benefits for UK ex-Service personnel and their families.



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  • 09:30 - 10:00 – Registration
  • 10:00 – 10:05 – Welcome - Professor Nicola T Fear, Co-Director of the FiMT Research Centre
  • 10:05 – 10:20 – Update on the Forces in Mind Trust Research Centre - Dr Mary Keeling, Research Manager of the FiMT Research Centre
  • 10:20 - 10:25 - Mary Keeling Q&A
  • 10:25 – 10:55 – Keynote: Mark Ormrod MBE in conversation with Professor Sir Simon Wessely
  • 10:55 - 11:05 - Mark Ormrod Q&A
  • 11:05 – 11:35 Morning break, networking and poster session
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  • 11:35 – 11:40 – Session introduction from Chair - Ruth Harris, Co-Director of the FiMT Research Centre
  • 11:40 – 12:00 – “A Legacy of Pain”: A Retrospective Cohort Study of Blast Injury – Dr Sarah Dixon Smith, Imperial College London
  • 12:00 – 12:20 The Roadmap to No Homeless Veterans – Dr Lisa O'Malley, University of York
  • 12:20 – 12:40– Veterans and the UK benefits system: Findings and impact from the Sanctions, Support and Service Leavers project – Professor Lisa Scullion, University of Salford
  • 12:40 – 13:05 – Speakers Q&A panel
  • 13:05 – 14:05 – Lunch, networking and poster session.
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  • 14:05 – 14:10 – Session introduction from Chair - Michelle Alston, CEO of Forces in Mind Trust
  • 14:10 – 14:30 – GCSE attainment in children from military families –Alison Cotton, Oxford Brookes University
  • 14:30 – 14:50 – ‘Grown-Up’ Children from Military Families: The Impact of Their Childhood Experiences – Dr Anne Chappell, Brunel University and Dr Ellen McHugh, Brunel University
  • 14:50 – 15:10 – Barriers to help-seeking for domestic abuse within the British Armed Forces: Experiences of female civilians accessing support from a military refuge. - Dr Louise Morgan.
  • 15:10 – 15:35 – Speakers Q&A panel
  • 15:35 – 16:05 - Afternoon Break, networking and poster session.
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  • 16:05 - 16:10 – Awards session introduction from Chair - Professor Nicola Fear, Co-Director of the FiMT Research Centre
  • 16:10 – 16:35 Veterans’ physical health, getting engineering involved - Professor Anthony Bull, Imperial College London. 
  • 16:35 – 16.45 – Professor Anthony Bull Q&A
  • 16:45 – 17:10 – FiMT Research Centre Conference 2024 Award Presentation by Jim Macleod CB CVO, Chair of the Forces in Mind Trust Board.
  • 17:10 – 17:15 - Closing remarks
  • 17:30 – 19:30 – Networking drinks reception and poster session.


  • Mark Ormrod MBE

    Former Royal Marine, Invictus Games athlete and motivational speaker

    Mark Ormrod is a former Royal Marine, award-winning author, motivational speaker, coach, ambassador and an Invictus Games multiple medallist. Following serious injury from an IED whilst serving in Afghanistan, Mark was the UK's first triple amputee to survive the Afghanistan conflict.

  • Dr Sarah Dixon Smith

    Imperial College London.

    Dr Sarah Dixon Smith is a Research Associate at Imperial College London and the ADVANCE study. Her work explores the long-term outcomes of early medical and surgical trauma care interventions in British Veterans, particularly the impact of blood products, analgesics and casualty evacuation.

  • Dr Lisa O'Malley

    University of York

    Dr Lisa O’Malley is a Senior Lecturer in Social Policy and Crime at the University of York. She has a long-standing interest in military welfare issues and has undertaken research with homeless Veterans and the Veteran charity housing sector.  

  • Professor Lisa Scullion

    University of Salford

    Professor Lisa Scullion is Professor of Social Policy and Co-Director of the Centre for Research on Inclusive Society at the University of Salford. Her work focuses specifically on understanding the impact of UK welfare reforms, including leading a ground-breaking five-year study called Sanctions, Support & Service Leavers – the first UK research to explore Veterans’ experiences of the social security system. 

  • Alison Cotton

    Oxford Brookes University

    Alison Cotton is a final year PhD student at Oxford Brookes University.  Her research is around the educational attainment and Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) of children from UK Armed Forces families. She has had a teaching career spanning 23 years and is a qualified Specialist Teacher who holds AMBDA and an APC. She is a member of PATOSS, NASEN and the NHS England Armed Forces PPV Group.

  • Dr Louise Morgan

    Dr Louise Morgan is an academic psychologist with extensive research experience, including nearly a decade as research lead for London’s Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARCs) and five years working in veterans’ health.  Her research interests include female veterans, chronic pain and PTSD, and she has particular expertise in understanding the impact of sexual assault, patterns of sexual offending and the wider context of male-perpetrated violence against women and girls.

  • Professor Anthony Bull

    The Centre for Blast Injury Studies at Imperial College London

    Professor Anthony Bull is Professor of Musculoskeletal Mechanics at Imperial College London, is a leading figure in the field of joint mechanics and their clinical applications. He is currently Director of Imperial’s Centre for Blast Injury Studies (CBIS) and Professor Bull also co-leads the ADVANCE study with colleagues from MOD and King's College London. 

  • Dr Rebecca Randles

    Arden University

    Dr Rebecca Randles is a Lecturer in Psychology at Arden University. Previously she held the post of Senior Researcher at the Westminster Centre for Research in Veterans. She previously led research projects including “Where Are All the Veterans” and “Supporting Armed Forces in Acute Hospital Settings”. She has produced numerous publications within Veterans' research, with themes surrounding mental health, help-seeking, and wellbeing.

  • Dr Ellen McHugh

    Brunel University

    Dr Ellen McHugh is Senior Lecturer in Education in the Department of Education, Brunel University London. Ellen’s research interests focus on education and student experience; higher education and widening participation; transnationalism and belonging.

  • Dr Anne Chappell

    Brunel University

    Dr Anne Chappell has been in the Brunel University Department of Education since 2004, and since joining Anne has undertaken the role of programme leader on both undergraduate and PGCE courses leading to Qualified Teacher Status, Department Director of Teaching and Learning and Deputy Head of Department. Anne’s PhD critically explored teachers’ professional learning and her research interests are in auto/biography, education, policy, and the experiences of children, young people and professionals, including those from military families.


Click below to register for the FiMT Research Centre Conference 2024. Join us for a day of presentations of impactful research with the potential for real-world change for ex-Service personnel and their families, and networking with a broad range of delegates from across the Armed Forces community. 

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Bush House, King's College London, Bush House, London, United Kingdom

Bush House, at King's College London on the Strand Campus will host the FiMT Research Centre Conference in 2024. 

The presentations throughout the day will be held in the spacious auditorium, and our drinks reception following the conference will be held in a beautiful eighth-floor venue with outstanding views of the London skyline.


The Address is as follows:

Bush House Arcade,

KCL Strand Campus,




Delegates will enter from the Strand, adjacent to St mary Le Strand Church

Nearest tube stations:

  • Temple (District and Circle lines): 2 minute walk.
  • Charing Cross (Bakerloo and Northern lines): 10 minute walk,
  • Embankment (District, Circle and Bakerloo lines): 10 minute walk

Nearest train stations:

  • Charing Cross: 9 minute walk.
  • Waterloo: 12 minute walk.
  • Waterloo East: 10 minute walk.
  • Blackfriars: 12 minute walk.
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