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Meet the Team

Debra Ritsperis

Co-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. 

Janet Kelly

Co-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. 

Natalie Anderson

Practice Education Lead Joint Hospital Group South

Natalie has served in the Royal Navy since 2001 and qualified as a nurse in 2008. She has spent most of her nursing career within acute surgical care, specialising in ENT with a specialist interest in wound care management in 2017. Natalie has always had an interest in supporting and developing colleagues in their professional development. She further developed in this capacity when she became a Royal Navy leadership instructor, with an emphasis on coaching she assisted many to fulfil their potential as inspiring leaders in the military workplace. Although new to practice education, she has the responsibility of delivering a preceptorship programme, HCA apprenticeship, supporting experienced nurses in their professional development and working on projects in partnership with NHS Trust. As the RCN committee leadership lead, she has collaborated with other RCN forums advocating the strengths and working practices of military nursing. More work is planned to work with other RCN forums to promote the work of the defence forum , and promoting the forum membership to supporting our members.

Kendal Moran

Preceptor Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth

Kendal is a newly qualified nurse posted to Joint Hospital Group (South) and working at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth. She is a Nursing Officer Transfer (NOT) and spend eight years serving in the Royal Engineers (RE) prior to transferring to the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps (QARANC). During her time in the RE she worked as a troop commander, intelligence officer, operations officer and battlegroup engineer on operations and exercises at home and abroad. Her key deployments saw her mentoring female Afghan soldiers at the Afghan National Army Officer Academy, Kabul.

She holds multiple other voluntary roles within the RCN including Student Member of the Professional Nursing Committee, Vice Chair of the Students Committee, and co-lead of the Newly Qualified Nurses Network.

Away from work she enjoys exploring the countryside with her husband and husky around their home in Dorset, climbing, mountain biking, winter sports, travelling, and general adventuring.


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Page last updated - 14/01/2022