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Meet the Team

Debra Ritsperis

Forum Chair
Lead Nurse for Education, Research and Clinical Development at Army Headquarters

Debra is currently employed in Army Nurse Education, Research and clinical Development Assurance, with 34 years experience including 10 years General Nursing, 10 years Mental Health Nursing, 10 years Nurse Educator/Practice Development and 2 years as a Nurse Manager and Clinical Assurance. 

Debra's passion is to ensure the best available information is freely available to practitioners in order to make a positive impact on the patient and care delivery. She is hoping to create an RCN DNF Expert Panel, and is working closely with Defence Nurse Advisor and Defence Professor in the exciting times of the inaugural Defence Medial Services Academy. 

Elizabeth Kagoda

Senior Nursing Officer, 3 Medical Regiment

Elizabeth joined the Army in 2005 as an Emergency Nurse having qualified in the NHS and worked in several London hospitals, as well as a 3-year stint in the Cruise Line industry based out of the United States.

Her military career has seen her employed across the medical spectrum within the NHS in the Joint Hospital Groups, Rehabilitation, with the Reserves, and in the Field Army Units. This has included 5 operational deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan as well as a number of overseas training exercises.  

Currently employed as the Senior Nursing Officer at 3 Medical Regiment in Preston, Elizabeth’s role includes Healthcare Governance, clinical training, and overseeing of clinical placements for the clinical employment groups. Away from work Elizabeth is a keen photographer and enjoys travel.

Janet Kelly

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. 

Gerwyn Michael

Committee Member

Martin Bradley

Hon. Col. 204 (NI) Field Hospital

Professor Bradley was Chief Nursing Officer (CNO), in the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) from 2005 until his retirement in July 2011. Prior to taking up post as CNO he was Director of the Royal College of Nursing, Northern Ireland.  His background is in general and mental health nursing, nurse education, public health and commissioning of Health and Social Services. He was Chief Nurse and Director of Health Care in the Western Health and Social Services Board from 1997 - 2003.

During his time in DHSSPS he led on a range of initiatives, including the development of the first Palliative Care Strategy for Northern Ireland and developed a range of strategies to ensure good clinical standards in professional practice. He also chaired the National Cancer Institute (Washington) All Ireland Cancer Nursing Network. 

He is Vice Chair of the Belfast Health and Social Care (HSC) Trust, Chair of the Down and Connor Committee of the Irish Bishops’ Initiative on Substance Misuse, Secretary of the Florence Nightingale Foundation (NI) Committee, Chair of the Reserve Forces Health Committee, RFCA (NI) and a member of the RCN Defence Nurses Network (NI) .    

In 2011 he was appointed by the Irish Government to Chair a Ministerial Review of Undergraduate Nursing and Midwifery education and in 2015 a Review of Non-Medical Prescribing. He also led on the accreditation of the UK Board of Health Care Chaplaincy‘s Voluntary Register with the Professional Standards Authority in 2017. 
In 2015 he was appointed Deputy Lord Lieutenant for Belfast. 
In 2000 he was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing for his services to Nurse Education and in 2011 a Fellow of the Queen’s Nursing Institute in recognition of his contribution to primary care and community nursing. He is a visiting Professor of Nursing at the Ulster University. In 2013 he was awarded the OBE for services to nursing in the UK.  In 2017 he was awarded an Honorary Master’s Degree of the Open University in recognition of his public service to education and health care and in 2018 the Royal College of Nursing (NI) Outstanding Achievement Award for his services to health care and the voluntary sector. 

He has a particular interest in Public Health, community development, professional education and regulation and health services management. 


Professional Lead: Anna Crossley

Page last updated - 21/05/2020