Professor Colonel Alan Roberts, OBE, TD, JP, DL, MPHIL, PhD, LLD, DSc, is Trustee of the ARNI Charity. He is a distinguished medical scientist, and most notably invented Indermil Tissue Adhesive. Trained in hospitals in Newcastle and Leeds, he is a leading authority in the field of biomedical engineering, and has received the Prince Philip Medal for Outstanding Achievements in Science and Technology for his advances in implantation materials in the human body. He was a consultant clinical scientist at Bradford Teaching Hospitals, the Chief Examiner for Maxillo-facial technology the City and Guilds London Institute and a consultant at Nuffield Hospital, Leeds.
Professor Roberts is Professor of Biomaterials in Surgery at the University of Hull and consultant clinical scientist at St Luke’s Hospital in Bradford. He was Pro-Chancellor of the University of Leeds for fourteen years until his retirement in 2004. During this time, he was also appointed as Vice Chairman of the County of West Yorkshire Joint Emergency Executive Committee as well as the President of the British Red Cross (West Yorkshire) in 1986, a post that he was to hold for 16 years.
In 2011 he was made a Knight Commander of The Military Constantinian Order of St George, KCMCO for services to Global Health. In 1998, he was made Companion of the Order the League of Mercy. Professor Roberts has honorary life membership of the City and Guilds London Institute and the convocation at the University of Leeds. He is a fellow of a number of specialist societies due to his specialisation. Among them are the Medical Society of London, the Royal Society of Medicine, the Royal Society of Biology. He was awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal on both the silver and gold jubilees, and was appointed a Freeman of the City and London in 2000.
Formerly Vice-President and currently Chair-Elect of Council of the Royal Society of Medicine, he is the founder of its newest Section: ‘Technology in Medicine’. In 2015, he was awarded the Royal Society of Medicine’s Stevens Lecture Medal and in 2017, its Medal for Services to Medicine.