The Orders of St John Care Trust is delighted to announce that Lt-General Louis Lillywhite, CB, MBE, OStJ, MFOM, FRCP(Glas), FRCGP, has agreed to become its new Patron. General Lillywhite succeeds Lord Remnant in the position, representing one of OSJCT’s sponsoring Orders, the Venerable Order of St John. He joins Field Marshal Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank, former Gold Stick in Waiting to HM The Queen and a past Chief of the Defence Staff, who represents the Sovereign Order of Malta in the same capacity.
General Lillywhite is a Consultant Occupational Physician and has had a long and distinguished military career, including serving in Parachute Forces and as Director General of the Army Medical Services. He was mentioned in dispatches when serving in the Gulf War in 1991. In 2006, he was appointed as Surgeon General of the British Armed Forces, the most senior medic in the Armed Forces, a position he held for three years, before retiring from active service in 2009. Having been appointed MBE in 1984, he was appointed Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in 2009. In 2008 he was awarded the US Secretary of Defence Medal for Exceptional Public Service.
Currently, General Lillywhite holds the position of Chief Medical Officer for St John Ambulance in England. He is a Senior Research Consultant of the Royal Institute of the International Affairs Centre for Global Health Security (Chatham House) and a Medical Member of the Tribunal Appeal Service. He also serves on the Bevan Commission for Wales.
In his leisure time, General Lillywhite enjoys running, mountaineering, genealogy and, computers. He is married, and has three children and four grandchildren and lives in Wiltshire.
Commenting on General Lillywhite’s appointment, The Trust’s chairman Don Wood said: “We are delighted to have such a distinguished medic and military officer as our new Patron in succession to Lord Remnant. General Lillywhite’s wide experience and medical knowledge will be a great source of strength for the Trust as we move forward.”