Lt Gen LP Lillywhite CB MBE CStJ FFOM FRCP(Glasg) FRCGP psc


Lt-General Louis Lillywhite retired as Surgeon General in 2010 but was then appointed Master General of the Army Medical Service in 2017 until 2022. His early military service included RMO 3 PARA, various appointments in 23 Para Field Ambulance including Commanding Officer 1985 – 1989.

In the 1970s was Officer Commanding Technical Division of the RAMC Training Centre where he was responsible for CMT and Army first aid training and undertook several tours in Northern Ireland. His later career included posts in various national (Brigade, Division and Corps) and NATO HQs, in MOD, as CE British Forces German Health Service and as DGAMS.

He was the medical representative for the strategic recce for Gulf War 1 and was Comd Med 1 (UK) Armd Div during the ground war. He is an Occupational Physician with a licence to practice. He is also an honorary Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners; of the Royal College of Physician and Surgeons of Glasgow and an honorary Fellow of the Society of Medical Consultants to the (USA) Armed Forces. He was the first foreign medical recipient of the US Secretary of Defence medal for exceptional public service.

Since leaving full time service, he has been a Senior Consulting Fellow at Chatham House, involved in Global Health, initially exploring the issues related to health and conflict including studies of civilian casualties in Syria and of health provision by Non-State Armed Groups.

After being appointed to the WHO International Health Regulations Review Committee after the Ebola outbreak his interests expanded to include the global response to infectious disease. His other active research includes the impacts of violence on health resources with Manchester University and work for the World Health Organization on the role of the military in contributing to national preparedness. He is also on the Bevan Commission for Wales – a health “think tank” and is a patron of the Orders of St John Care Trust.

Previous civilian appointments include until 2022 being a member of the Tribunal Appeal Service hearing appeals in respect of health-related benefits (PIP and ESA); and until 2021 a trustee of the Medical Society of London; a member of the Imperial College Centre for Blast Injury Studies External Advisory Board. He was for 6 years the Chief Medical Officer of the St John Ambulance Association in England. His hobbies include hill and trail running and genealogy.