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About Dr Alan Finnegan

After joined the British Army in 1987. During his military career he reached the rank of Colonel and his appointments included: Commanding Officer at the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine; the MoD Nurse Consultant Advisor in Military Mental Health and the MoD Professor of Nursing. He completed operational tours in Iraq, Afghanistan, Balkans, Northern Ireland and South Africa.

He was pivotal to the establishment of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Defence Forum, and then served as Chairman of the Forum from 2004 until 2011. Alan is the Royal College of Nursing link member for military veterans, a Courtesy Professor at the University of South Florida, the Assistant Editor of Nurse Education Today and an international board member of the Journal of Advanced Nursing. Alan is a Fellow of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, a Fellow of the RCN, and in 2018 was selected to be a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and a member of their expert panel for Military and Veterans Health.

Since leaving the Army in 2016, Alan has been appointed as Principle Investigator for 15 research grants totalling approximately £5M. These include awards from NHS, Health Education England, Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust and Business. During this time, Alan has been appointed as a committee member of the Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committee (North West (NW), the Armed Forces Network (NW), and is the independent Chair of the Cheshire Armed Forces Community Covenant Partnership.