Dr Paterson is a specialist in Public Health with over 35 years’ experience in the NHS. Gordon has served as an advisor on cancer and screening programmes to the four UK Health Departments for which he was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.

Gordon’s involvement with DMWS started in 2001 when he became a Trustee.  In 2005 he was elected as Chairman, stepping down in October 2013. 

Gordon has been involved with the Red Cross for 30 years and for three of those was appointed as Chief Medical Advisor to British Red Cross. He has had extensive involvement in contingency planning at national level, including joint work with military colleagues on transition to Reception Arrangement Military Patients (RAMP) in the run up to Op TELIC operations in the Gulf. He is currently Vice Chairman of  the Joint Committee of the Order of St John and the British Red Cross.

As well as being a Champion of DMWS he is currently Chairman of The Physiotherapy Trust and Director of PATCH (Palliation and the Caring Hospital).