Trust consultant awarded MBE in New Year’s Honours

Dr Justin Roe, clinical service lead at the national centre for airway reconstruction at the Trust, has been awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours for services to speech and language therapy, particularly during Covid-19.


Justin specialises in swallowing, speech and voice problems. He is also an honorary clinical senior lecturer in the department of surgery and cancer and is currently on a research fellowship funded by the Imperial Health Charity and NIHR Imperial Biomedical Research Centre.


In addition to his clinical work, Justin collaborates with multidisciplinary colleagues nationally and internationally on research studies and supports a number of pre-doctoral and doctoral research fellows. As well as his specialist advisor role to the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, Justin is an elected council member for the British Association of Head and Neck Oncologists and British Laryngological Association.


Speaking of the honour, Dr Justin Roe, said: "I am very honoured to receive this award for services to speech and language therapy. I have been very fortunate to have had excellent role models, mentors and the opportunity to work with inspiring patient experts and professional colleagues nationally, internationally from across the multidisciplinary team. Receiving this award would not have been possible without the support of my excellent colleagues, and incredibly supportive friends and family".

Professor Tim Orchard, Imperial College Healthcare chief executive, added: “I would like to congratulate Justin on this very well deserved honour. We are extremely proud of his achievement and that another one of our Imperial people have received this important honour.”


Colleagues from Imperial College London have also been recognised in the New Year’s Honours. Professor Wendy Barclay, head of Imperial College London’s department of infectious disease and chair in influenza virology, was awarded a CBE for her contributions to the study of viruses and her research during the Covid-19 pandemic. Professor Peter Openshaw, professor of experimental medicine at Imperial’s national heart and lung institute, also receives a CBE for services to medicine and immunology. Lesley Rawlinson, laboratory manager in Imperial's department of infectious disease, receives a British Empire Medal for services to the Covid-19 response.