RCM Annual Conference

RCM Board

Meet the RCM Board members…

Amanda Burleigh

Amanda has been in midwifery practice for nearly three decades.

More than 12 years ago, she began to challenge the practice of immediate cord clamping after realising that it had no evidence base and it was depriving babies of their full blood volume.

 

Her campaign led to all national and international guidelines changing to recommend delayed cord clamping. Amanda has won several awards for this work, including the British Journal of Midwifery 2015 Midwife of the Year.

She is also a co-inventor of the award-winning LifeStart trolley, which enables vulnerable babies to be ventilated while the umbilical cord is kept intact to ensure the full blood benefit.

With Dany Griffiths, Amanda co-founded ‘Say No to Bullying in Midwifery’ – a Facebook group supporting midwives and looking to create change.

Birte Harlev-Lam

Birte has been a midwife for three decades. She started her career in the NHS as a general nurse and qualified as a midwife in 1987.

Ten years on, she became a SoM and successfully completed an MA in health law in 2001.

 

She has worked in all areas of midwifery, including as an HoM and a general manager for women’s and children’s services.

She is currently the clinical director for maternity at NHS Improvement, focusing on workforce and clinical care, and developing quality improvement programmes across England.

Dr Jenny Hall

Jenny has been in midwifery for over 30 years. Her current post is senior midwifery lecturer at Bournemouth University. She is also a senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy and, this year, became an RCM fellow too.

Her Doctor of Education project explored the art of midwifery practice using creative methods.

She has recently completed research on promoting dignity and respect in midwifery education, and the links between spirituality and infertility.

She is married and has five daughters.

Giuseppe Labriola

Since undertaking his nursing and midwifery training more than 15 years ago, Giuseppe has enjoyed a varied career combining clinical work and management.

While working at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, Giuseppe developed an ‘e-midwife’ service – a virtual social media network to improve women’s experiences of communication, access and understanding of maternity services.

 

Since 2013, he has worked at Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust, and in April became HoM at University Hospital Lewisham. He also sits on NHS England’s London strategic clinical network for maternity.

‘I am incredibly lucky to have a job that I thoroughly enjoy,’ says Giuseppe.

‘I wanted to be part of the RCM board to represent midwives and MSWs, and raise concerns such as pay restraint and complexity of maternity services.’

Helene Marshall

After working as a nurse and midwife in Zambia, Helene returned to Scotland, where she has worked in a variety of roles over her 30-year career. These include labour ward sister, community midwife, clinical leader of a midwife-led birthing unit and positions in practice development and clinical risk.

Currently, she is the director of the Scottish multiprofessional maternity development programme. Helene has also developed a neonatal resuscitation app, supporting clinicians in maintaining their skills.

‘It has been my privilege to be on the board for the last four years,’ she says. ‘During that time, the board has been working with and sometimes challenging the executive team, helping the RCM develop and strengthen its governance procedures.’

Helene has three grownup children, and in her spare time she is a Boys’ Brigade officer.

Julie Richards

Julie’s clinical experience spans more than two decades and includes working as a midwife in a hospital, a birth centre and in the community.

Her achievements include increasing home birth services to 12%, involvement in the establishment of a day assessment unit for high-risk women, and implementing a new model for supervision of midwives in Wales.

 

She is currently working as women and children’s service manager for Powys Teaching Health Board. As a former local supervising midwifery officer and HoM, she has a strong knowledge of professional regulation, risk management and financial challenges.

Julie says: ‘As a board member, I see the priorities as to protect the RCM’s assets, continuing to ensure fair pay for midwives, safe staffing levels and the opportunities for continuing professional development.’

Kate Evans

As a midwife in Wales since 2006, Kate has worked in all areas of clinical practice. She is currently a public health midwife at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board (ABMU), specialising in areas such as smoking, obesity and perinatal mental health.

 

She is a member of the All Wales Tobacco Alliance advising the Welsh Government and sits on the perinatal mental health steering group. Kate is also an RCM workplace representative and is part of a very active RCM branch in ABMU.

‘I am passionate about keeping births normal and love being able to encourage women with a raised body mass index to maintain a healthy weight and give birth in low-risk settings.’

Kate has been married for 24 years, and has a daughter Lorna, son Jack, dog Oscar and cat Nemo. In her spare time, she loves to collect old books.

Michelle Beacock

A midwife since 2012, Michelle began her career as a social worker and, after living and volunteering in Boston in the US, discovered her passion for birth.

She trained as an NCT teacher before qualifying as a midwife. She worked as a rotational midwife, then moved into caseloading, followed by time as a community midwife.

Her current post is full-time midwifery lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University.

She is married and has two children aged nine and 13 – and a Norfolk terrier called Topsy.

Natalie Linder

Natalie qualified as a midwife in 2009 at Liverpool John Moores University and has worked clinically both in the hospital and community setting. More recently, she worked as a clinical skills facilitator in a central delivery suite in Manchester and currently works as a labour ward coordinator at Western Sussex NHS Hospitals Trust.

She is a passionate union activist and RCM steward. She led the pay campaign at her central Manchester RCM branch and spent considerable time engaging members in the run-up to industrial action in 2014. Natalie received the RCM Thompsons Members’ Champion of the Year award in 2015.

‘All I wanted was to empower my branch members to make an informed decision,’ says Natalie. ‘My goal in joining the board was to drive the RCM in that powerful direction, striving to be as strong, inspiring and bold.’

Pauline Twigg

A midwife for 21 years, Pauline has worked in many areas of midwifery, including hospital, standalone birth centre, community and secondment to the RCM as a caseworker.

She currently works as a community midwife and an RCM workplace representative at Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

‘I feel so privileged to be in a job that allows you to support women in becoming mothers and watch families develop,’ says Pauline.

‘I also work with an amazing team and support them to the best of my ability. I feel very proud to have been elected as a board member.’

Outside work, Pauline is the vice chair of Chesterfield trades union council and has worked with the local Stand Up To Racism group. She has two grown-up children who, she says, make her proud every day.

Professor Jane Sandall CBE

A midwife since 1980, Jane has worked in a variety of settings, including a period in Malawi and as a midwife and health visitor in London.

Since 2000 she has been a professor at King’s College London, based in a multidisciplinary clinical academic research centre at St Thomas’ Hospital. Jane is also a senior investigator for the National Institute for Health Research.

Her programme of work looks at the translation of novel technologies into healthcare and innovative ways of organising services to bridge ‘gaps’ in care. Her research findings have informed the government’s commission on nursing and midwifery, the House of Commons health committee and English, US, Brazilian, Irish and Australian reviews of maternity services.

Jane received a CBE in 2016 for her services to midwifery and women’s health.

Tracy Miller

Tracy qualified as a midwife in 1992. In 2000, she became a community midwife at Stonehaven Medical Group and has worked there ever since.

In 2013, she spent four weeks in Nepal as part of the RCM’s Global Midwifery Twinning Project.

‘When I returned from Nepal, I wanted to engage more with the RCM,’ says Tracy. ‘I put myself forward for steward training and am now a steward for NHS Grampian.’

The mother of three was also a member of the 2016 review group for maternity services in Scotland and the maternity models of care subgroup.

Amanda Burleigh

Amanda has been in midwifery practice for nearly three decades.

More than 12 years ago, she began to challenge the practice of immediate cord clamping after realising that it had no evidence base and it was depriving babies of their full blood volume.

 

Her campaign led to all national and international guidelines changing to recommend delayed cord clamping. Amanda has won several awards for this work, including the British Journal of Midwifery 2015 Midwife of the Year.

She is also a co-inventor of the award-winning LifeStart trolley, which enables vulnerable babies to be ventilated while the umbilical cord is kept intact to ensure the full blood benefit.

With Dany Griffiths, Amanda co-founded ‘Say No to Bullying in Midwifery’ – a Facebook group supporting midwives and looking to create change.

Birte Harlev-Lam

Birte has been a midwife for three decades. She started her career in the NHS as a general nurse and qualified as a midwife in 1987.

Ten years on, she became a SoM and successfully completed an MA in health law in 2001.

 

She has worked in all areas of midwifery, including as an HoM and a general manager for women’s and children’s services.

She is currently the clinical director for maternity at NHS Improvement, focusing on workforce and clinical care, and developing quality improvement programmes across England.

Dr Jenny Hall

Jenny has been in midwifery for over 30 years. Her current post is senior midwifery lecturer at Bournemouth University. She is also a senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy and, this year, became an RCM fellow too.

Her Doctor of Education project explored the art of midwifery practice using creative methods.

She has recently completed research on promoting dignity and respect in midwifery education, and the links between spirituality and infertility.

She is married and has five daughters.

Kate Evans

As a midwife in Wales since 2006, Kate has worked in all areas of clinical practice. She is currently a public health midwife at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board (ABMU), specialising in areas such as smoking, obesity and perinatal mental health.

 

She is a member of the All Wales Tobacco Alliance advising the Welsh Government and sits on the perinatal mental health steering group. Kate is also an RCM workplace representative and is part of a very active RCM branch in ABMU.

‘I am passionate about keeping births normal and love being able to encourage women with a raised body mass index to maintain a healthy weight and give birth in low-risk settings.’

Kate has been married for 24 years, and has a daughter Lorna, son Jack, dog Oscar and cat Nemo. In her spare time, she loves to collect old books.

Michelle Beacock

A midwife since 2012, Michelle began her career as a social worker and, after living and volunteering in Boston in the US, discovered her passion for birth.

She trained as an NCT teacher before qualifying as a midwife. She worked as a rotational midwife, then moved into caseloading, followed by time as a community midwife.

Her current post is full-time midwifery lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University.

She is married and has two children aged nine and 13 – and a Norfolk terrier called Topsy.

Professor Jane Sandall CBE

A midwife since 1980, Jane has worked in a variety of settings, including a period in Malawi and as a midwife and health visitor in London.

Since 2000 she has been a professor at King’s College London, based in a multidisciplinary clinical academic research centre at St Thomas’ Hospital. Jane is also a senior investigator for the National Institute for Health Research.

Her programme of work looks at the translation of novel technologies into healthcare and innovative ways of organising services to bridge ‘gaps’ in care. Her research findings have informed the government’s commission on nursing and midwifery, the House of Commons health committee and English, US, Brazilian, Irish and Australian reviews of maternity services.

Jane received a CBE in 2016 for her services to midwifery and women’s health.

Giuseppe Labriola

Since undertaking his nursing and midwifery training more than 15 years ago, Giuseppe has enjoyed a varied career combining clinical work and management.

While working at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, Giuseppe developed an ‘e-midwife’ service – a virtual social media network to improve women’s experiences of communication, access and understanding of maternity services.

 

Since 2013, he has worked at Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust, and in April became HoM at University Hospital Lewisham. He also sits on NHS England’s London strategic clinical network for maternity.

‘I am incredibly lucky to have a job that I thoroughly enjoy,’ says Giuseppe.

‘I wanted to be part of the RCM board to represent midwives and MSWs, and raise concerns such as pay restraint and complexity of maternity services.’

Helene Marshall

After working as a nurse and midwife in Zambia, Helene returned to Scotland, where she has worked in a variety of roles over her 30-year career. These include labour ward sister, community midwife, clinical leader of a midwife-led birthing unit and positions in practice development and clinical risk.

Currently, she is the director of the Scottish multiprofessional maternity development programme. Helene has also developed a neonatal resuscitation app, supporting clinicians in maintaining their skills.

‘It has been my privilege to be on the board for the last four years,’ she says. ‘During that time, the board has been working with and sometimes challenging the executive team, helping the RCM develop and strengthen its governance procedures.’

Helene has three grownup children, and in her spare time she is a Boys’ Brigade officer.

Natalie Linder

Natalie qualified as a midwife in 2009 at Liverpool John Moores University and has worked clinically both in the hospital and community setting. More recently, she worked as a clinical skills facilitator in a central delivery suite in Manchester and currently works as a labour ward coordinator at Western Sussex NHS Hospitals Trust.

She is a passionate union activist and RCM steward. She led the pay campaign at her central Manchester RCM branch and spent considerable time engaging members in the run-up to industrial action in 2014. Natalie received the RCM Thompsons Members’ Champion of the Year award in 2015.

‘All I wanted was to empower my branch members to make an informed decision,’ says Natalie. ‘My goal in joining the board was to drive the RCM in that powerful direction, striving to be as strong, inspiring and bold.’

Tracy Miller

Tracy qualified as a midwife in 1992. In 2000, she became a community midwife at Stonehaven Medical Group and has worked there ever since.

In 2013, she spent four weeks in Nepal as part of the RCM’s Global Midwifery Twinning Project.

‘When I returned from Nepal, I wanted to engage more with the RCM,’ says Tracy. ‘I put myself forward for steward training and am now a steward for NHS Grampian.’

The mother of three was also a member of the 2016 review group for maternity services in Scotland and the maternity models of care subgroup.

Julie Richards

Julie’s clinical experience spans more than two decades and includes working as a midwife in a hospital, a birth centre and in the community.

Her achievements include increasing home birth services to 12%, involvement in the establishment of a day assessment unit for high-risk women, and implementing a new model for supervision of midwives in Wales.

 

She is currently working as women and children’s service manager for Powys Teaching Health Board. As a former local supervising midwifery officer and HoM, she has a strong knowledge of professional regulation, risk management and financial challenges.

Julie says: ‘As a board member, I see the priorities as to protect the RCM’s assets, continuing to ensure fair pay for midwives, safe staffing levels and the opportunities for continuing professional development.’

Pauline Twigg

A midwife for 21 years, Pauline has worked in many areas of midwifery, including hospital, standalone birth centre, community and secondment to the RCM as a caseworker.

She currently works as a community midwife and an RCM workplace representative at Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

‘I feel so privileged to be in a job that allows you to support women in becoming mothers and watch families develop,’ says Pauline.

‘I also work with an amazing team and support them to the best of my ability. I feel very proud to have been elected as a board member.’

Outside work, Pauline is the vice chair of Chesterfield trades union council and has worked with the local Stand Up To Racism group. She has two grown-up children who, she says, make her proud every day.