Keynote speakers


Col Gerald Kerr joined the Defence Forces in 1986. He was appointed as Captain Medical Officer to 28th Infantry Battalion. Following promotion to Commandant, he was transferred to Collins Barracks, Cork as OC 1st Field Medical Company in 1996. Col Kerr holds the Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners, as well as the Higher Diploma in Occupational Medicine. He is a Licentiate of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI). Currently he is Chairman of the Board of the Faculty of Military Medicine of Ireland and is entered on the Specialist Divisions of General Practice, Occupational Medicine, Sports and Exercise Medicine, and Military Medicine. Col Kerr retired from the Defence Forces on 28th September 2019.


Tine Molendijk is a cultural anthropologist specialized in the topics of violence, military culture and mental health.

In 2020 she obtained her PhD at the Radboud University Nijmegen. Her PhD research focused on 'moral injury' and the role of political practices and public perceptions in 'moral injury'.  'Moral injury' refers to the profound feelings of guilt, shame and/or betrayal that people may develop when their moral expectations and beliefs are violated by their own or other people's actions.


Angelien Eijsink, MSc, is a former Member of the House of Representatives of the Netherlands.


Tom van ’t Hek a former top hockey player, a well-known sports reporter, General Practitioner and moderator.



Warrior Care in the 21st Century Foundation Chair and work group leads
Air Commodore (Professor) Rich Withnall (chair)
David Morton (work group lead Resilience)
Tata Oniani (work group lead Reintegration)
Gp Capt Alex Bennett PhD FRCP (Work group Rehabilitation/ Recovery)