Director Hugh McManners MA (Oxon) spent 18 years in the British Army, the majority with 3 Commando Brigade – five years with 148 (Meiktila) Commando Forward Observation Battery; fighting in the Falklands War with the Special Boat Squadron.
He left the Army in 1989, then a year later was diagnosed as having PTSD. Hugh began a media career campaigning for greater awareness of the psychological effects of combat on military people. His book “The Scars of War” about the psychology of modern professional soldiers, became the basis of the six-month PTSD test case in the High Court of veterans against the MoD. He was the Defence Correspondent of The Sunday Times, and has produced television documentaries and worked as a presenter. He has written over fifteen books on military history and other subjects.
In partnership with Prof Morten Kringelbach, after two years of research and consultation, the Scars of War Foundation was created. This collaboration finally came to fruition in December 2011, when The Queen’s College Oxford admitted the Foundation to college membership.