Dstl Experts Win Individual and Collaborative Awards in 2022 New Year’s Awards


DstlProfessor Veronica Bowman has been named the Most Excellent Officer of the Order in the British Empire (OBE), while Lieutenant-Colonel Ross Carter, a Dstl Military Advisor, was named a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE). A large number of Dstl scientists and industry partners have been appointed Vice Chief of the Defense Staff (VCDS) Congratulation.

Professor Veronica Bowman OBE

Professor Bowman has been recognized for her work in defense and security during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

At the onset of the pandemic, Veronica worked tirelessly to understand the progression of the virus in the UK, which was key to developing effective mitigation strategies. One of the key tools developed was CrystalCast – combining uncertain epidemiological results to demonstrate the benefit of having a single estimate of the combined R-value.

Professor Bowman said:

I know I have the privilege of receiving this award, but I am also touched because having the vision to put something in place and make it happen was not only due to me, but to a great team that I work with. and who helped bring the project to fruition.

Lieutenant-Colonel Ross Carter MBE

Lieutenant-Colonel Ross Carter MBE

Meanwhile, Lt. Col. Ross Carter has been recognized for his deployment to the Department of Health and Welfare in response to a request for military assistance from civilian authorities from the head of mass testing within the NHS Test and Trace . He played a central role in the successful development of four different designs of mobile processing units.

Col Ross said:

I’m shocked, it’s such an honor to be recognized, but there is no doubt that the credit goes to the incredible team that took on this task – it was a huge team effort.

A VCDS A commendation was awarded to the Strategic Partnership Agreement team, led by Dstl and work in collaboration with the entire Ministry of Defense (MOD), Air command, defense equipment and support (FROM) and industrial partners Leonardo.

Their work was presented as a pioneering example of a transformational and ambitious proactive approach, which enabled the MOD engage in a new way to develop, deliver and support critical air survival solutions.

DstlDoug Umbers Acting Managing Director said:

These awards are an incredible achievement and represent individual and team awards for Dstl, despite the essential collaborative work that is also recognized across government and industry.

Dstl worked tirelessly during the COVID-19 pandemic and many of these awards recognize the teams and individuals involved. I am very proud to congratulate them all.

Nine others Dstl scientists also received a VCDS Commendation for their work in the transport risk assessment for knowledge of COVID (TRACK) Team and recognized for their tireless work since the start of the pandemic on developing models to assess potential risks of COVID-19 on transportation systems.


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