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Meet the Team

Janet Kelly

Forum Chair

Janet qualified as a nurse in 1988 and as a midwife in 1991.  She joined the army as a Nursing Officer in 1992 serving an eight-year short service commission and currently remains an army reservist at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in Medical Operational Support Group.  On leaving regular service, Janet undertook a Master’s of Arts in Human Resources Management and then a qualifying law degree at the University of Teesside.  

Janet joined the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Hull in November 2003 as Lecturer in Midwifery. She achieved a PhD in Health Studies in 2012, with her thesis titled, ‘Professional, Ethical, and Legal Issues in British Military Healthcare practice’.  

Janet teaches across a multitude of areas including midwifery, healthcare law and ethics, research ethics and governance and ethical frameworks in healthcare decision making. Janet’s primary research interests include military medical ethics and neonatal ethics.  

She has successfully supervised postgraduate students from the UK, Ghana, Nigeria, Pakistan and Malta including PhD students and Clinical Psychology Doctoral students. Janet is also the former Chair of the Faculty’s, Research Ethics Committee and is currently Deputy Chair of the Hull York Medical School, Research Ethics Committee. She is a peer reviewer of several international journals including, The Lancet, Nursing Ethics, Nurse Education, Women and Birth and the Journal of the Australian College of Midwives. Janet is also a Registrant Chair for the Nursing Midwifery Council’s, Fitness to Practice Conduct and Competence Committees.   

Janet is currently the Head of Department for Midwifery and Child Health. Her hobbies included running and playing the piano. 

James Cooper

Nursing Officer

James qualified as a Registered Nurse (Adult Health) in September 2000. The following month, he started his basic training as a soldier at the Army Training Regiment Lichfield. His first assignment to Frimley Park Hospital (Ministry of Defence Hospital Unit) included his first Operational Deployment to Afghanistan on OP FINGAL. In the subsequent years, he completed numerous deployed operations on JACANA, TELIC, HERRICK, and GRITROCK.

Between deployments, he completed a BSc (Hons) as a specialist practitioner in Burns, Plastic, and Reconstructive Surgery. In 2010, he was commissioned as an Officer and served in numerous hospital Units, the Field Army, and Birmingham City University, where he completed an MSc in Education. He was then appointed as the Nurse Education Advisor (Army) at the Defence Medical Deanery for three years.

He is currently the Deputy OC Nursing at Frimley Park Hospital (Joint Hospital Group—South East) and is moving to 1 Medical Regiment as the Senior Nursing Officer in 2024. He lectures on polytrauma, burns, plastic and reconstructive surgery and ballistic injury wound care. He maintains an academic role as an external examiner and provides through life learning as a professional development facilitator.

Louise Jones

Paediatric Nurse

Louise qualified as an adult nurse in 1986 (Oxford) and as a children’s nurse in 1988 (Birmingham). Most of her career to date has evolved in London within Paediatric Intensive Care, but she changed speciality recently to work in Paediatric Emergency Dept. Her roles have included being a matron and lead nurse for a large acute service, but she has maintained her clinical skills and understanding of the challenges seen in patient facing roles by working regular shifts at the bedside throughout.

Louise only joined the military 7 years ago, passing out of Sandhurst as a proud Capt. As a Paediatric Nurse in the Army Reserves, she serves with 306 Hospital Support Regt. Despite no previous military experience, she has taken every opportunity to advocate for nurses and patients in Defence, including during her 3-year term of office as Specialist Nurse Advisor for Paediatrics (Army). Although Louise hasn’t yet had the opportunity to deploy, she worked under pressure and at pace with NHS and military colleagues to help set up the London Nightingale Hospital during the first wave of the COVID pandemic in 2020.

Louise enjoys keeping fit by cycling, running and playing a bit of tennis, although not to a very good standard. She is married with two successful grown-up children.

Michelle Maund

Registered EN (RAF) RCDM Oxford

Michelle is an Emergency Nurse currently posted to RCDM Oxford, where she currently rotates between working within ED/ Advanced Practitioning and as a Pre-Hospital Ambulance Nurse with SCAS.

Michelle has served within the PMRAFNS for 26yrs in a multitude of postings. These include ED at Portsmouth as well as current location, TMW on (DARTS), short notice deployable squadron and Aeromed Sqn.

During her time on DARTS, she has provided exercise cover for various situations, e.g. (riot control training, SERE, general) humanitarian aid, set up an Aeromed Staging Unit in Iraq and Primary care in Sierra Leone.

She has also deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan and BATUK in the roles of MERT and before that IRT.

Michelle had the privilege to participate in LONGLOOK for 2 months to experience Australia and New Zealand.

Away from work, she enjoys travelling and spending time with family and friends as well as reading and drawing.

Neil Gilbert

General Practice Nursing Officer

Neil joined the army in December 1998 and, after 2 tours of Kosovo as an armoured Infantry Soldier in the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment (PWRR), transferred to the QARANC to complete his nurse training. Qualifying in 2007, he completed his preceptorship at Frimley Park hospital during which time he deployed to Iraq as a General Practice nurse. 

Following a number of years teaching basic training to new army recruits, Neil was assigned to 1 Armoured Medical Regiment where he was quickly seconded to deploy to Afghanistan, again as a General Practice nurse. On his return he moved into clinical training and worked closely with the United States army, completing both the NATO first responder course, and qualifying for the US Army Expert Field Medical Badge (EFMB). He was invited back to teach on this event the next year, working hand in hand with the US army in delivering medical training.

Following a further assignment to 4 Armoured Medical Regiment, he deployed to BATUS Canada to assess battlegroup medical delivery as an observer mentor, and it was during this time that he completed his General Practice nurse specialisation. Commissioning as an Officer in 2017 he has subsequently been assigned to DPHC as a Senior Nursing Officer (SNO) in Northern Ireland, Germany, Winchester and is currently the Senior Nursing Officer at Redford medical centre, in Edinburgh.

A qualified nurse prescriber, he remains a member of the Battlefield Advance Trauma Life Support (BATLS) course teaching faculty and supports defence inspections as a CQC Specialist Advisor (SpA). 

Rebecca Crisp

Becky qualified as a registered nurse in September 2020. She joined Portsmouth University Hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic where she gained experienced in respiratory and critical care. From this, she was inspired to obtain a post-graduate diploma in advanced practice intensive care.

She has supported OP RESCRIPT through vaccinating communities in Manchester and Isle of Skype.

She has an enthusiasm towards quality improvement and research in the following areas critical care, trauma, sustainability and AI.

Suzanne Turner

Bio coming soon


Professional Lead: Kendal Andreason 


Page last updated - 14/05/2024