We are very pleased to have Professor Almond on board with us, following his return from South Sudan, where he was working as an RAF Reservist.

Mike is a member of the RFCA (Reserve Forces’ & Cadets’ Association) for East Anglia. The RFCA has written a news piece on Mike’s appointment, more of which can be read here.

Wing Commander Mike Almond QVRM AE MRAeS DM FRCP VR was invited to apply for the post based on his clinical research background, his experience as a Reservist and his involvement with the Veterans Advisory Pensions Committee.

Mike also sits on the Essex County Council Civilian Military Partnership Board and the steering committee of the Colchester TiLS service, which eases the transition of regular serving personnel with mental health problems into the community and the NHS.

Mike has been a Reservist since 1977. His most recent deployment was this summer to South Sudan. He most recently had three reservist roles: SO1 Med Reserves, which is designed to support the policy, manning and deployment of the RAF Reserves medical component. Secondly as a Consultant at RAF Henlow in the Aviation Medical Clinical Service seeing aircrew with medical problems with the aim to keep them flying. Thirdly, supporting the RAF Aeromedical Service of TMW (Tactical Medical Wing) at RAF Brize Norton.