Meet the Team


Rory McDonnell RGN, BSc, PGCert Adv HCP, MRes

Rory is an experienced nurse, manager and educator. He is vocationally driven, and founded Cavalry Healthcare with the aim of running an ethical nursing agency that puts people before profits. Rory has worked extensively across the hospice and nursing home sectors. He is currently completing a PhD in Palliative Care at Lancaster University, winning a scholarship after being awarded the prize for academic excellence during his MRes.

Head of Operations

Kate McDonnell BA. MA.

Kate McDonnell has extensive experience of the healthcare sector, but from a different perspective. Due to a severe disability Kate has spent many years being cared for by nurses and HCAs and has had to undergo many operations and procedures. This means she has no difficulties when it comes to spotting a good nurse or carer! Despite her disability Kate was a founding member of a charity and was instrumental in growing it from employing one person to employing over 100 staff and working internationally. Kate graduated from Oxford University and has since completed a Masters degree, qualifying with Distinction from Liverpool University. In her role as Head of Operations Kate oversees the daily management of Cavalry Healthcare Healthcare.

Head of Compliance

Brian McDonnell LLB

Brian has yet another perspective on the healthcare industry. As well as being Cavalry Healthcare’s Head of Compliance, Brian is also a full-time carer to his wife, Kate. Brian holds a law degree from The University of Liverpool. When Kate’s condition deteriorated, Brian made the decision to postpone his legal career to care for Kate full-time. His role at Cavalry Healthcare involves ensuring that all staff have the relevant and necessary qualifications to work and that all relevant terms and conditions, legislation and contractual requirements are met.

Clinical Lead

Dr. Caitlin McDonnell BA. MBChB.

Dr Caitlin McDonnell has worked across many different medical settings, and most recently as an A&E doctor. She graduated Bristol Medical school with Distinction (winning the prize for Surgery) and gained an additional First Class degree in Medical Humanities. Dr Caitlin provides clinical guidance to Cavalry Healthcare staff and ensures the clinical accuracy of any education that Cavalry Healthcare delivers.

Business Development

Lawrence Whittaker

Lawrence is a serial entrepreneur and owns multiple multi-million pound business ventures. He has expertise in business start-up, business leadership and strategy. He provides business guidance and support to Cavalry Healthcare.

IT and Systems Lead

John Ackroyd

John has worked at Director level in several large companies including Siemens, The BBC and Scottish Water. He has expertise in managing IT and in implementing technical solutions to optimise business processes. John provides IT and business guidance and support to Cavalry Healthcare.


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