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Dr Kennedy has held a number of senior NHS positions, and from 1999-2010 was the Chief Nursing Officer for Wales.

During this time she was responsible for the publication of several key nursing strategies for Wales including Free to Lead: Free to Care, which gave ward sisters and charge nurses greater responsibility on their wards and thus raised the standard of care while maintaining the dignity and respect of patients.

Rosemary gained a commission in the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps (Territorial Army) in 1984 and held all top level unit posts culminating in the appointment of Commanding Officer of a TA Field Hospital. In 2008 she was appointed by Her Majesty the Queen as Colonel Commandant of Qaranc, the first time that this appointment has been held by a TA Officer. Rosemary received a CBE in 2009.

After stepping down as the CNO Wales in 2010, Rosemary was appointed Chairman of Velindre NHS Trust in January 2011.