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At the end of this half-term, the Royal Hospital School warmly welcomed Captain Inga Kennedy, QHNS, QARNNS, as the Guest of Honour to re-open Anson House as a girls boarding house and as inspecting officer at Divisions.

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The girls of Cornwallis House moved to the newly refurbished Anson House in September this year which means that all the girls boarding accommodation is now of the highest standard. Anson House has superb social areas, tasteful interior design masterminded by the Housemistress, Jacomien du Toit, and all the facilities the girls need to provide for their individual needs. Some of the girls may still refer to themselves as ‘Wallis girls’ but they are all enjoying their new ‘home from home’.

Captain Inga Kennedy is one of the most senior female officers in the Royal Navy. She has been the Head of the Naval Nursing Service and Matron-in-Chief of the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Naval Nursing Service (QARNNS) since 2011.

Captain Kennedy worked in the NHS as a nurse from 1980 to 2000 when she joined the Regular QARNNS. She had also been a member of the Royal Naval Reserve since 1987 and took a two year Full-time Reserve Service as the Senior Midwife in the Royal Naval Hospital, Gibraltar. Over the past 12 years Captain Kennedy has worked  in a variety of areas within the QARNNS including: Primary Care, Education, Manpower Management and Healthcare Assurance; as well as Matron of the 100-bed Primary Casualty Receiving facility on the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Ship, Argus.

Today Captain Kennedy works in the Naval Command Headquarters where she performs many roles. Her primary role is as Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff Healthcare Assurance; where she is responsible for assessing compliance across the Service healthcare capabilities, ashore and afloat, against standards set by the Surgeon General. Her other duties include: providing support and advice to the Naval Secretary (Chief of Staff (Personnel)), Medical Director general (Navy) and the Head of the Royal Naval Medical Service.