Cormac Doyle is a Registered Nurse Mental Health who has completed 25 years’ military service serving in both the Royal Air Force and latterly the British Army. He has served on numerous deployments from The Former Yugoslavia to Iraq and Afghanistan. As a qualified Flight Nurse he has accrued significant flying hours involved in the repatriation of military causalities from all operational theatres since 1993. He has worked at command level and was appointed Staff Officer 2 (Mental Health) to HQ Air command reporting directly to Director General Medical Services Royal Air Force on transfer to the Army he was appointed Deputy Head of Cadre Mental Health (Army). His extensive experience both as a clinician and a senior officer has equipped him with the skills in developing a service unique for veteran’s mental health. Cormac’s work within the military was recognised by the State with the awarding of the Associate Royal Red Cross (ARRC) for his operational deployment to Iraq (2006) and he was subsequently awarded the Chief of the Air Staff personal commendation (New Year’s Honour List 2008) for services to military mental health. He currently serves as a Reserve Officer with 222 Medical Squadron Leicester.
Ajda Ellis is a Registered Nurse Mental Health who has a background in forensic and drug and alcohol nursing. She was appointed lead nurse for substance misuse at HMP Belmarsh managing a team of 12 specialist nurses. Ajda developed an interest in management of psychological trauma and worked as a contractor of the Ministry of Defence at the Department of Community Mental Health Woolwich, London delivering care to service personnel. She was then tasked with developing and managing the provision of service delivery to personnel in South Wales and was based at MOD St Athan. She is qualified in EMDR and has successfully treated individuals in her private practice. She has a particular interest in dealing with childhood trauma. Ajda serves as Reservist with 222 Medical Squadron City of Leicester.