Emergency Humanitarian Assistance
Professor Alan Hawley
Professor Alan Hawley qualified in medicine at the University of Birmingham and then completed house appointments at the Cambridge Military Hospital. He undertook two Regimental Medical Officer postings, followed by a tour with the Parachute Clearing Troop of 16 Field Ambulance. His first staff appointment as SO3 Medical Operations with Headquarters 1 (BR) Corps followed before returning to UK as Second in Command of 23 Parachute Field Ambulance.
He attended the Army Command and Staff Course at Camberley before posting to the Adjutant General's Headquarters as SO2 Organisation and Manpower. This involved the implementation of Options for Change and the re-structuring of the Army following the Gulf War and the peace dividend. He left MoD to assume the appointment as Commanding Officer of 23 Parachute Field Ambulance in 1993. During this tour he commanded the Unit in Rwanda and was awarded the OBE for this deployment.
He moved on to become Chief Instructor at the Army Medical Services Training Centre and saw through its migration to its present status as the Defence Medical Services Training Centre. From here he attended Higher Command and Staff Course in 1997 before completing professional training in occupational medicine at the University of Birmingham and the Post Office.
He was accredited as a consultant in 1999 when he assumed the appointment, on promotion, as Chief of Staff Army Medical Directorate. During his tour as Chief of Staff he oversaw the closure of the Headquarters in Millbank and the move of the Directorate to the Former Army Staff College. He was then posted to 3 (UK) Div as Commander Medical.
In May 2003 he was promoted to Brigadier and took up the post of Director British Forces Germany Health Services. He then assumed the appointment of Director General Army Medical Services on 8 Jul 2005.
Professor Hawley has completed operational tours in Northern Ireland, Rwanda, Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq. His interests are rugby, military history and his beloved Wolverhampton Wanderers. He also holds honorary academic appointments at the Universities of Liverpool and Birmingham, Professorships at the Universities of London, Liverpool and Johns Hopkins USA as well as the Royal Society of Medicine and the Society of Apothecaries. He lectures in both occupational medicine and conflict and catastrophe medicine. He is widely published in the latter and examines in both. He is currently undertaking research on Humanitarian Assistance in the Contemporary Operational Environment.