RCM Annual Conference

SPEAKERS

See below confirmed speakers of RCM Annual Conference. Our conference speakers will lead lively debate, exploring the hot topics in the profession through a series of keynote sessions, workshops and seminar sessions.

Barber
Job title: Mental Health & Bereavement Lead
Organisation: Women & Children’s Health Southmead Hospital

Before her current role in maternity services, Sasha was a mental health nurse for 22 years and a health visitor and perinatal mental health lead for 12 years. She is committed to preventative work and early intervention in the antenatal period. Part of Sasha’s role is to work with parents who have suffered a bereavement and she is passionate about progressing perinatal mental health care for bereaved parents. Sasha is a Fellow of the Institute of Health Visiting (iHV) and a lead trainer for the iHV perinatal and infant mental health training programmes. She is also a trustee for Bluebell Care, a charity providing support across Bristol.

Bedford
Job title: Lecturer in Midwifery
Organisation: University of York

Helen is an experienced midwifery educator, senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a practising coach. She is departmental academic lead for peer support for teaching, and serves on university forums to support academic development. Helen is external examiner with experience of PhD and MSc supervision.  Her research and scholarship interests include internationalisation and curriculum enhancement.Helen is member of the Mary Seacole Awards steering committee and her local maternity services liaison committee. In former roles, she co-hosted Commonwealth professional fellows, supported implementation of NHS Education for Scotland initiatives and was project midwife for the Scottish woman-held maternity record.

Blanco-Gutierrez
Job title: Clinical and Research Midwife
Organisation: University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

Veronica is a registered nurse and midwife working at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust. She is currently undertaking a Masters in clinical and health research funded by the National Institute of Health Research. Veronica has also been seconded as a research midwife to the University of Southampton and has provided antenatal, intrapartum and postpartum care to women and their families. She has a great passion for midwifery, research and evidence-based practice.

 

Brawn

Dr Miranda Brawn is a multi-award winning legal, business and diversity leader who is hailed as a trailblazer and honoured numerous times domestically and internationally for her achievements. With a background as an investment banker and barrister, she is the Founder and CEO of The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Foundation which won a UK Prime Minister award for making history in 2016. Miranda’s work has also been personally praised by HRH The Prince of Wales and other global leaders. She received an honorary Doctor of Letters in 2017 for her services to finance, law and diversity across the Globe.  A regular business and diversity expert on television and radio while being quoted in the national press. Her professional experience combined with her exuberant personality makes her a sought-after public speaker of the highest calibre.

 

Brown
Job title: Associate Professor Child Public Health
Organisation: Swansea University

Dr Amy Brown is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health, Policy and Social Sciences at Swansea University. Her research explores psychological, cultural and societal barriers to breastfeeding, seeking to understand how we can better support new mothers. Her primary focus explores how to shift our perception of breastfeeding as an individual mothering issue, to a wider public health problem, considering how we can create a society that protects and encourages breastfeeding. She is a mother to three children, and two book babies both published by Pinter & Martin: ‘Breastfeeding Uncovered: Who really decides how we feed our babies’ and ‘Why Starting Solids Matters’.

Choucri
Job title: senior lecturer, part time
Organisation: University of Salford

Lesley’s expertise includes action research, appreciative inquiry and student-centred curriculum development. She led the design and delivery of the current midwifery pre-registration problem-based learning curricula. Her doctoral study explored midwives creating a learning and practice development culture within an NHS trust. Lesley co-researched, with Rose McCarthy, the impact of social media based communities of new mothers and midwives to assess how information was shared and learning took place.  This £250k project, which was funded by Health Education North West, was completed in 2016. Last year, she was commissioned to create and design a communication toolkit on behalf of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust and NHS England.

Cutchie
Job title: Lead Midwife MLU's & Community Services
Organisation: Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust

Wendy trained as a nurse and midwife in the UK before moving to New Zealand for eight years. There, she worked in a midwifery continuity-of-carer model, was a diabetes specialist midwife, clinical educator and guideline development midwife. She also completed a Masters degree in health management. Moving to Australia for six years, Wendy was a department manager at the Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne, joined the Victorian State maternity guideline group and was then seconded to the Federal Department of Health as a member of the national antenatal guideline development group. Wendy returned to the UK in 2012. She is a specialist advisor for the CQC.

Dougan
Job title: Maternity Care Assistant
Organisation: NHS Dumfries and Galloway

Cherylene has been a maternity care assistant (MCA) for 10 years and is proud to have been part of the pilot project at Robert Gordon University Aberdeen. The role of the MCA has developed over the past decade and she has seen changes both in Scotland and England. Her main achievements are her family – her husband and three children of whom she is extremely proud – as well as her role as maternity care assistant.  She plays a part each day in making the transition into parenthood a positive and empowering experience for women and their partners.

Downey
Job title: Midwife
Organisation: Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Josh trained at NUH and has worked there since qualifying in 2013. He is currently working towards his MSc in midwifery. In 2016, he was midwife of the year in Nottingham. As a rotational midwife, he works on the labour suite and antenatal/postnatal wards. He is passionate about teamwork; shared governance has enabled him to strengthen and improve the ward environment, inspiring the hard working multi-disciplinary team around him. As secretary of the Bonington ward council, he has helped to improve the ward for patients and staff, working closely with the NUH charity.

Winners RCM i-folio Award for Partnership Working 2016

Dunkley-Bent
Job title: head of maternity, children & young people
Organisation: NHS England

Jacqueline is head of maternity, children and young people at NHS England. She has vast experience in healthcare provision, having worked as a nurse and a midwife. Jacqueline has held senior positions in education, leadership and management and, at present, she is visiting professor of midwifery at Kings College London and London South Bank University. She continues to work clinically as a midwife at St Mary’s Hospital in London.

 

Dunn
Job title: midwife/supervisor of midwives
Organisation: Broomfield Hospital Maternity Unit

Sarah commenced nurse training, aged 18, at London’s Middlesex Hospital, and qualified as an RGN in 1991. After qualifying, she moved to Peterborough where she undertook her midwifery training, qualifying in 1993.  Since 1996, Sarah has worked at Broomfield Maternity Unit. She currently holds the post of labour ward coordinator, but has previously worked in the community, in safeguarding and an antenatal clinic. She was also team lead on the postnatal ward. Sarah qualified as a supervisor of midwives in 2011. At present, she is undertaking the MSc in advanced midwifery practice at Anglia Ruskin University.

Durant
Job title: midwifery writer, blogger and supporter
Organisation: Midwife Diaries

Ellie Durant trained in 2007 and has worked as a clinically registered midwife in the UK and New Zealand. Based on the success of Midwife Diaries and associated online support groups, Ellie transitioned to being a midwifery writer and support-giver in 2014. Ellie is a passionate believer that high quality midwifery education and support for midwives is the crucial factor in achieving gold standard care for women and their families. She also has an interest in art and its role in supporting student and qualified midwives in their practice.

Evans
Job title: Student Midwife
Organisation: University of Nottingham

Cara is a first year student at the University of Nottingham. She is originally from Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. Cara is passionate about combining midwifery and social media in order to network with other midwives from around the world. She is also interested in using social media as an educational tool to share ideas and find the latest research, as well as keeping abreast of changes and issues within the midwifery profession. Cara believes this can be achieved through the use of Twitter, YouTube, blogging and other social media sites.

Fisher
Job title: Director
Organisation: Antenatal Results and Choices (ARC)

Antenatal Results and Choices (ARC) is a UK charity with a remit to provide non-directive information and support to women and couples through antenatal screening and its consequences. ARC has always had a collaborative relationship with health professionals and runs a well-established training programme for those in the field.

 

Jane Fisher joined ARC in 2001 and became Director in 2004. Along with managing the organisation, Jane is also regularly involved in directly supporting parents, training health professionals, research, media and policy work. She is a member UK National Screening Committee and sits on a number of its subgroups including the NHS Fetal Anomaly Screening Programme Advisory Board.

 

Griffin
Job title: Senior Research Fellow
Organisation: Kings College London

Richard has researched and evaluated maternity support worker roles for over 10 years. He is the author of the RCM’s Roles and Responsibilities of Maternity Support Workers (MSWs) and the College’s guide to apprenticeships. Richard has evaluated a number of MSW training programmes, has assessed the impact of the role, and investigated the factors that determine safe and effective delegation of tasks. He has also looked at how the role has impacted on safe staffing. He is a director of Birth Rate Plus and also works with maternity services in North West London, developing an education programme to support an enhanced MSW role in postnatal care.

Hannaway
Job title: Senior Charge Midwife
Organisation: Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Mary’s role is to manage a multidisciplinary labour ward team of over 180 staff at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH) in Glasgow. She leads on providing the best possible intrapartum care, which includes supporting a range of acute fetal medicine specialities, for approximately 6,000 women a year. As a midwife, Mary has worked and travelled the world gaining 20 years of clinical and managerial skills. She joined the QEUH team two years ago and is using her passion and commitment to seek out new and innovative models of care to enable women and their families to optimise their labour and birth experience.

Hardacre
Job title: Head of Midwifery
Organisation: Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Suzanne Hardacre RN RM Msc is head of midwifery and lead directorate nurse at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board. She is also a professional doctorate student at Cardiff University where her research is exploring women’s experience of being offered influenza vaccination in pregnancy. Suzanne recently worked with the Chief Nursing Officer and Welsh Government to develop the new model for clinical supervision for midwives in Wales.

Hawkins-Drew
Job Title: Consultant Midwife
Organisation: HSC Guernsey

Alex Hawkins-Drew is a consultant midwife working for HSC Guernsey with a clinical interest in public health. Prior to taking up her role in Guernsey, she worked throughout the Greater Manchester region as a midwife, with experience in team midwifery, research, independent midwifery and public health. Alex has an interest in workplace culture and this formed the basis of her research into why newly qualified midwives leave the profession. In 2016, she gained an MSc in midwifery, awarded by the University of Salford and is currently undertaking an MSc in advancing healthcare practice.

Holmes
Job title: chief midwifery associate and associate chief nursing officer
Organisation: Scottish Government

After qualifying as a nurse and midwife, Ann practised in a variety of units across Glasgow. She spent three years in research, conducting one of the first randomised controlled trials into midwife-led care. In 2000, Ann was appointed Scotland’s first consultant midwife and worked for 10 years with the nation’s largest NHS provider. She has experience in professional regulation, both within the local supervising authority and the NMC midwifery committee. Ann has been working for the Scottish Government as chief midwifery advisor and associate chief nursing officer since 2012. Her portfolio includes: midwifery; early years and children; professional regulation; and community nursing.

Ireland
Job title: Midwifery Advocate for Quality
Organisation: Poole NHS Hospital Foundation Trust

Jilly will be presenting on the development of her role in Poole. She has worked as a midwife, lecturer and researcher in various locations: Aberdeen, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Nepal (Iolanthe Award 2012; RCM Global Midwifery Twinning Project 2013; BU THET Maternal Mental Health Project 2016). She is a visiting research fellow at Bournemouth University and has worked recently, together with colleagues and the Birthrights charity, to explore the human rights and dignity experiences of disabled women using maternity services. She is chair of her local RCM branch and is co-presenting a poster on the potential career benefits of being a learning representative for the union.

Jackson
Job title: head of midwifery and associate director of nursing
Organisation: Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

As a registered midwife of 25 years, Deb’s career has focused predominately within the field of normality. Pivotal to her approach and ethos is ensuring women and their families are at the centre of maternity care. As head of midwifery and associate director of nursing for Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, she has passion and enthusiasm for improvement and empowering staff to believe they can explore new ways of working. Deb has made a commitment to lead the maternity service forward to meet the needs of women and their families.

Jewell
Job title: nursing officer (maternity and early years)
Organisation: Welsh Government

Karen qualified as a midwife in 1988 and, since then, has worked across hospital and community settings. Her passion has always been in relation to public health and maternity care, believing that strong foundations in maternal health lead to the best start for baby and mum. As a consultant midwife for 14 years in Cardiff, her interests have included raised BMI, domestic abuse, female genital mutilation and the care of asylum seekers. Karen joined the Welsh Government in November 2016 as nursing officer for maternity and early years.  She leads on policy relating to maternity services, health visiting and school nursing.

Jones
Job title: Birth Centre Midwife
Organisation: Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Jude is a passionate social media advocate for maternity care.  Her love of collaboration on Twitter as @beetrooter benefits her practice and she is inspired by social media possibilities for continuity of care, as achieved with mums in ‘Facemums’ Facebook research (McCarthy, 2017). Jude studied midwifery at University of Salford where she founded their midwifery society, was member of the RCM student midwives forum and won Cavell Student Midwife and MAMA Conference student midwife of the year 2014. She trained and completed her preceptorship in Bolton. Jude recently started in a midwife post at a birth centre in Warrington Hospital.

 

Jones
Job title: Senior Research Fellow
Organisation: University of Hull

Catriona is a lecturer in midwifery and holds an honorary contract with Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Trust. She is a senior research fellow in maternal and reproductive health within the Faculty of Health Sciences. Catriona has worked at the University of Hull since 2004. Her various roles have included leader for the BSc (Hons) midwifery programme, and deputy and acting lead midwife for education. Catriona has a growing portfolio of research and publications in maternal and reproductive health. She has seen a number of funded research projects through to completion in her role as research associate, co-investigator and principle investigator.

 

Kelham
Job Title: Physio-Led Pilates Instructor
Organisation: Complete Pilates

Pilates is hugely important in ante and post natal care, this session will equip you to share those benefits with the women you see every day. Led by Chartered Physiotherapist Nikki Kelham, the session will deliver practical, proven insights in an interactive format. You will learn the basics of pilates for yourself, you will be given tools to aid you in your role, and you may even have a bit of fun too!

Kelly
Organisation: Kings College NHS Trust
Job Title: Specialist Midwife for Perinatal Mental Health

Daisy qualified as a midwife in 2007. She began her midwifery career at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London and was part of the team who set up the award winning Oasis Birth Centre, at the Princess Royal Hospital in South East London. After having two babies of her own, the importance of good perinatal mental health care was highlighted to Daisy, and she started the job of specialist midwife for perinatal mental health in June 2016. Daisy is proud to be working within a multidisciplinary team providing outstanding care to women with serious mental illness in London’s biggest borough.

Lavelle
Job title: Deputy Programme Lead
Organisation: University of York

Rachel qualified as a midwife in 1987 and has worked in all areas of midwifery practice. She developed a keen interest in teaching, undertaking roles including Instructor for Neonatal Life Support courses with the Resuscitation Council and Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics Instructor with ALSO (UK). She has taught on courses both nationally and internationally. Whilst working on a service improvement project in the community nursing setting she gained an MSc in Service Improvement.

Rachel is currently Deputy Programme Lead for the undergraduate midwifery programme at the University of York. Her teaching responsibilities include complicated maternities and emergency management, drawing on her extensive practice experience.

Linder
Job title: Labour Ward Coordinator / RCM Board Deputy Chair
Organisation: Western Sussex NHS Foundation Trust

Natalie qualified as a midwife in 2009 from LJMU. She currently works as a labour ward coordinator in Worthing but also has a background in a clinical skills facilitator role. Natalie won the Thompson’s members champion award at the RCM awards in 2015 for her work on the fair pay campaign. For the last 2 years, she has been a member of the RCM Board and was recently elected as the Deputy Chair of the Board. She also represents the RCM on the TUC womens committee and has been involved in several TUC campaigns including a poster campaign in the “protect the right to strike”

McCalmont
Job title: associate director of nursing/head of midwifery
Organisation: University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshore NHS Trust

Carmel has a BSc (hons) in midwifery and holds a Master of Arts in medical ethics and law. She has been a practising nurse and midwife for over 30 years and continues to have a passion for midwifery. Carmel co-authored a chapter in the book The Roar behind the Silence in which she focuses on supporting student midwives in clinical areas. Carmel was a member of the A-EQUIP editorial board, which focused on the new model of supervision (April 2017). Carmel continues to practise midwifery and birthed a mum for the third time on 19th March 2017.

Carmel, Has a BSc (hons) in Midwifery and holds a Master of Arts in Medical Ethics and law, her dissertation subject was Female genital Mutilation.. Carmel has been a practicing Nurse and Midwife for over 30 years and continues to have a passion for midwifery. As well as heading up the service at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, Carmel is also the Chair of the West Midlands Heads of Midwifery group. She also sits on the Royal College of midwives Advisory Group and works on national midwifery projects. Carmel works closely with colleagues at Coventry University and has a special interest in ensuring that student midwives have a positive experience during their training. Carmel recently co-authored a chapter in a book called the Roar behind the Silence focusing on supporting student midwives in the clinical areas.

McCauley
Job title: Senior Research Associate (MIdwifery)
Organisation: Centre for Maternal and Newborn Health, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

Hannah has worked as a midwife for over ten years, both in the UK and internationally, and is currently working as a senior research associate in the Centre for Maternal and New-born Health (CMNH) at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM). Prior to this recent appointment, she was a sister and manager in a freestanding midwife-led unit in Northern Ireland. She is passionate about improving the quality of care for woman and their newborn babies, supporting women’s choices in pregnancy and childbirth, and promoting and empowering midwives in their professional role, whether that is in the UK or overseas.

McNish
Job title: poet

Hollie has published three collections – Papers and Cherry Pie and her most recent one Plum – as well as one poetic memoir Nobody Told Me. In 2016, she co-wrote a play Offside relating the 200-year history of UK women’s football, as well as collaborating on her second poetry album Versus with the Dutch Metropole Orkest. Hollie tours continuously across the UK and is a big fan of online readings – her poetry videos have attracted millions of views worldwide. She has a keen interest in migration, infant health and language learning and does readings for organisations as diverse as The Economist, MTV, and UNICEF.

Mortimer
Job title: Midwife, Delivery Suite Co-ordinator
Organisation: Harrogate District Foundation Trust

Kate Mortimer is a newly qualified midwife. As a student at the University of Bradford, she helped found the midwifery society, was recognised at 2015 RCM awards and received an outstanding achievement award from her university. Kate was also shortlisted for a MAMA conference award.

Mullan
Job title: Birth Trauma Therapist
Organisation: Birth Trauma Resolution Therapy

Jenny Mullan is a birth trauma specialist, founder of Birth Trauma Resolution Therapy and has been treating trauma patients, including birth trauma for the last 16 years. Her years spent working with pregnancy, birth, miscarriage, baby loss and fertility and her passion for working with perinatal mental health has led to the development of a 3 month, certified, birth trauma resolution practitioner training programme for midwives, obstetricians, health visitors and other birth professionals. The RCM accredited training course offers a new way of thinking in birth trauma treatment, giving professionals the tools to dissolve the hugely debilitating symptoms of birth trauma/PTSD quickly and effectively.

Murphy
Job title: deputy director of nursing and HOM
Organisation: Central Manchester Foundation Trust

Kathryn began her career as a Registered General Nurse working in Surgery, before training as a
Midwife in 1987 at North Manchester General. She has worked across a variety of clinical settings
but has a core interest in intrapartum care. During the 1990’s Kathryn became involved in
leadership and was a LEO facilitator before gaining a MSC in Midwifery, which focused on Clinical
leadership.
In 2002 Kathryn moved to Salford Royal initially as the Consultant Midwife for the co- located birth
centre working with a team of community based midwives to provide intrapartum care to low risk
women , work which won the RCM award for promoting normality, and later worked at Salford as
the Assistant Director of Nursing /Head of Midwifery. For a number of years Kathryn has held a joint
appointment with the University of Salford and has worked on developing and implementing
postgraduate midwifery learning related to complex and high-risk pregnancy.
Since 2011 Kathryn as worked at Central Manchester Foundation Trust and has participated in
quality improvement work being undertaken by the organisation. Following major large scale
change the maternity unit at CMFT became the largest in Greater Manchester with over 9,000 births
on a single site . Kathryn’s current role is very exciting and covers the whole spectrum of women’s
health from Gynaecology which includes Reproductive medicine ,Early pregnancy and oncology
through to leading the region’s leading tertiary neonatal unit which comprises of 69 surgical and
medical cots.

Murray
Job title: senior professional officer
Organisation: Northern Ireland Practice and Education Council (NIPEC)

Karen has responsibility for midwifery, children, safeguarding and public health in her role at Northern Ireland Practice and Education Council (NIPEC).  NIPEC’s work is specifically aligned to promoting high standards of practice, education and learning for nurses and midwives. Karen’s work includes: the development of a new model of midwifery supervision; the development of a core care pathway for postnatal care, which aligns with the objectives of the Northern Ireland strategy for maternity care (2012-2018). Karen previously worked as a midwifery lecturer at Queens University Belfast (2002-2016) and was lead midwife for education from 2010 – 2015.

November
Job title: Midwife Research Fellow
Organisation: King's College London

Lucy November is a midwife and public health researcher and practitioner with an MSc in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Lucy spent several years living in Sierra Leone working with ex-combatant children; she was awarded the Wellbeing of Women’s international midwifery fellowship for 2017, to study the causes of adolescent maternal mortality in Freetown, based at Kings College London. As professional advisor for public health with the Royal College of Midwives, Lucy worked on the new RCM model for the public health role of the midwife, developing online resources for families and midwives. Lucy is currently being funded by the Sir Halley Stewart Trust to research the public health training needs of parent-and-child foster carers in order to develop an e-learning package to meet this need.

Patterson
Job title: 2nd year PhD student and Midwife
Organisation: Edinburgh Napier University

Jenny qualified as a midwife in 2007 and, since then, has worked in the NHS and independently. Her work with women resulted in an awareness of women’s traumatic birth experiences, which led to a particular interest in this issue. Since 2008, Jenny has been part of an international group of midwives, midwifery researchers and lecturers. This group, through workshops and surveys across the UK and Ireland, explore midwives’ needs regarding stress and trauma. Since completing trauma management training in 2014, Jenny has led workshops for both women and midwives. She is undertaking a PhD exploring post traumatic stress disorder in connection with childbirth.

Pauls
Job title: Midwife and Naturopathic Doctor
Organisation: Liverpool Women's Hospital

Hana Pauls is a qualified Midwife and Naturopathic Doctor and more recently a blogger; I am evangelical about Holistic Midwifery and demystifying women’s inherent fear around childbirth.

My passion for holistic midwifery’ is bedded in its philosophy of attending to the woman from a bio-psycho-social perspective and in doing so, liberating and empowering her in all of her being. It is this approach ‘that really excites me’ and ‘drives me each day to find new and innovative ways to ‘be with woman’”

I can be found tucked away on the midwifery-led unit at the Liverpool Women’s Hospital, where I have been since 2001 attending to birthing women.

Porritt

Genevieve became mum to Dylan in April of this year. In preparation for a planned home birth, Genevieve did a lot of research to explore her options and choices around birth. Part of this involved participating in NCT classes. Both Genevieve and Dylan received excellent continuity of carer from the Crocus community team at Croydon University Hospital. They received exceptional care at the hospital and in the community.

Read
Job title: previous LSMAO and now regional maternity lead for London
Organisation: NHS England (London)

Jess has worked across all aspects of the maternity services from promoting home birth and birth centres to managing a busy labour ward in London. She was the LSA midwifery officer in London from 2011 – 2017 and managed London LSA through the legislative change that resulted in the disestablishment of the LSA function and the role of supervisor of midwives. She has also chaired the NHSE sub-group that developed the A-EQUIP model of clinical supervision for midwives. In her current role, Jess has established the London Maternity Partnership to oversee maternity transformation in London and the implementation of A-EQUIP across the Capital.

Reading
Job title: Midwife
Organisation: Weston Area Health Trust / LSHTM

Since qualifying in 2011, Claire has worked on assignment with Medecins Sans Frontieres in various conflict areas such as DRC (2015) and South Sudan (2016 and 2017). Claire has also worked in Bangladesh, Kenya, Pakistan and Nepal and is passionate about engaging communities to understand how best to tailor sexual and reproductive healthcare and improve access. She facilitates educational sessions and direct support for project staff working with survivors of gender based violence. In between assignments, she works as a midwife in Somerset at a freestanding birth centre. She also works at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine where she is a facilitator for essential obstetric and newborn care skills.

Roddy
Job title: Diabetes specialist midwife
Organisation: Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

My name is Jenny Roddy, I work as a diabetes specialist midwife for Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. I am one of a team of four midwives who work together to provide midwifery care for diabetic women during the childbearing continuum. We hold individual caseloads of pregnant type 1 and type 2 diabetic women for whom we provide complete antenatal and postnatal midwifery care for. We work closely together and as part of a wider MDT of obstetricians, diabetologists, dietitians and diabetic nurses. Outside of working life I am currently undertaking an Advanced Practice Masters at the University of Leeds whilst being a busy mum to two young children. I like to relax by running in my spare time and competing in races. Earlier this year I surprised myself by completing my first half marathon, an achievement I never envisaged. I enjoy working as a diabetes midwife as the work is varied and different every day and being able to make a lasting relationship with a woman from the start to the end of their pregnancy leaves me with a sense of fulfillment.

Schiller
Job title: CEO
Organisation: Birthrights

Rebecca is chief executive of the human rights in childbirth charity, Birthrights (birthrights.org.uk). Birthrights provides free, expert legal advice alongside a programme of research and campaigning to improve women’s experiences of pregnancy and birth. Birthrights’ training and education programme aims to directly improve care for women and families, change practice, address inequalities at the frontline and strengthen the case for the use of human rights in maternity care amongst midwives and doctors. Rebecca also writes about reproductive rights, birth and parenting. Her latest book on human rights in childbirth was published in September 2016 and her forthcoming book will be published in April 2018.

Snow
Job title: head of department & lead midwife for education
Organisation: Oxford Brookes University

Sarah’s career as a nurse and midwife spans 33 years. The last 14 years have been spent in higher education, teaching across a range of pre and post registration midwifery and sexual health courses. She has been lead midwife for education (LME) at Oxford Brookes since 2015. Sarah’s professional and research interests are focused on the experience of midwifery students. She is a part time PhD student exploring student retention, as well as the author of books Get into Nursing and Midwifery and Rapid Midwifery. Sarah is a judge for the Cavell Nurses’ Trust annual academic scholarship awards.

Spencer
Job title: Director of Midwifery and Women's Health
Organisation : King's College Hospital

I have 35 years’ experience of working in the NHS with 30 of those years being specifically in midwifery. In these years I have gained a depth and richness of experience that I constantly reflect upon to help me on my journey through all the challenges that I face as a Director of Midwifery and Women’s Health at King’s College Hospital.  I take the responsibility of doing the right thing to support women and midwives very seriously, I am passionate in my belief that midwives really do make a difference, I am proud to be a midwife and being ‘with woman’ is something I cherish.

Stables
Job title: Consultant Midwife in Normality
Organisation: Barnsley NHS Foundation Trust Hospital

Since becoming consultant midwife at Barnsley Hospital in October 2016, Sarah has embraced the opportunity to introduce innovation into ways of working. She has had a keen interest in using technology to improve the working lives of the midwifery team whilst enhancing the woman’s journey. Previous roles have included that of senior lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University and she continues to have strong links to this institution. Other successes include winning the 2015 RCM award for innovation and becoming one of the editors of The Oxford Handbook of Midwifery 3rd Ed (2017).

Stride
Job title: Midwifery Lecturer
Organisation: Bournemouth University

Sara Stride MA PGCE BSc (Hons) RM RGN Midwifery Lecturer, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Bournemouth University. Sara is an experienced midwife and worked for many years as a Midwifery Clinical Leader leading a team of Midwives working in clinical practice, before moving into a Midwifery Lecturer Practitioner role. She is a Professional Midwifery Advocate and participated in the pilot of the A Equip model of midwifery supervision in Somerset. Her research interests include: perineal care at the time of birth, education, improving services for women, group antenatal care and diabetes in pregnancy.

Tagney
Job title: Maternity Transformation Programme Director
Organisation: NHS England

Matt is responsible for leading the implementation of the maternity transformation programme by bringing together leaders from across health and social care at national, regional and local network levels to deliver the vision of the National Maternity Review: Better Births. He has previously led transformation and developed policy at national and local levels in the UK and internationally.

 

Vardavaki
Job title: Research Midwife
Organisation: Barts Health NHS Trust

I qualified as midwife in 2012, in Athens and worked independently in Greece, before I moved in UK to perform my Master studies. Since 2014, I’ve been actively practising within the NHS as midwife in both hospital and birth centre settings and I’m currently working as research midwife in Women’s Health Research Unit at Barts Health NHS Trust.

I am committed to support colleagues and student midwives in order to maximise potential for all women to have a satisfactory birth experience. I promote normality in childbirth and I’m an advocate for women and supporter of their choices.

I have published articles in journals and participated in conferences with presentations and posters. I was funded to participate in innovative health promotion and community projects on deprived women and their families. I am one of the cofounders of the HBMA and as a non-executive board member, I have the opportunity to serve the midwifery community and promote women’s health in every level.

Wallace
Job title: midwifery officer
Organisation: Department of Health, Northern Ireland

Verena completed her training as a nurse in Belfast, followed by midwifery in Scotland. She has subsequently worked in a variety of midwifery roles including community midwife, consultant midwife, deputy chief nurse for women’s services and head of midwifery. She was a supervisor of midwives before being appointed as the local supervising authority midwifery officer (LSAMO) for Northern Ireland in 2007. As the midwifery officer at the Department of Health (NI) since 2015, Verena has responsibility for providing advice on all matters relating to midwifery and children’s services. She has been a CQC and Mott MacDonald reviewer and is currently working with colleagues on the NMC’s midwifery thought leadership group to review the standards for pre-registration midwifery education.

Williams
Job title: Student Midwife
Organisation: University of South Wales

Elizabeth is a mature student having completed a law degree in 2009. In 2014, after gaining transferable work experience in London and travelling around South America and Thailand, she committed to her vocation. She enjoys empowering women and their families to make informed choices throughout the pregnancy journey and recognise that there can be complications. She recognises that her chosen career is a diverse and demanding challenge that carries great responsibility. This requires continual development, a commitment she has been willing to make as a dedicated healthcare professional who wants to enhance the health and wellbeing of future generations.

Williams
Job title: International Fathers Mental Health Campaigner, Speaker and Trainer.
Organisation: Fathers Reaching Out

Mark is the founder of International Fathers Mental Health Day and a campaigner. He has been on television and radio, campaigning for all parents. Mark has shared his story around the world and was awarded inspirational father of the year and local hero at Pride of Britain Awards in 2012. Mark now trains with Dr Jane Hanley in listening skills, perinatal mental health and fathers’ mental health.

Williams (MSc, RM, Dip HE, RGN)
Job title: Health Informatics Programme Lead
Organisation: Perinatal Institute

Mandy is the health informatics programme lead for the Perinatal Institute (PI). The PI is a national not-for-profit organisation set up to enhance the quality and safety of maternity care. She qualified as a midwife in 1997 and has practised in a variety of roles at a busy Birmingham trust. Prior to joining the PI team, she worked as a midwifery researcher. Mandy is the programme manager for a number of software projects within the PI and is the lead for GAPplus; linking GROW charts and centiles to UK and international maternity information systems.

 

Wilson
Job title: Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Organisation: NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Rhona is currently working for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde as an advanced neonatal nurse practitioner (ANNP) in the neonatal unit in the Royal Hospital for Children. She undertook her general training in 1981 and worked in elderly care until becoming a midwife in 1989. It was when she rotated to the neonatal unit that her passion for neonatal care became apparent. She was a senior charge midwife for six years and qualified as an ANNP in 2007. She went on to complete her MSc ANNP in 2008 and is proud to be part of an exciting and innovative team.

Wilson
Job title: Consultant Midwife
Organisation: Worcester Acute Hospitals NHS Trust/ University of Worcester

Caitlin is a consultant midwife at the University of Worcester, sharing her role between the trust and the University of Worcester. Prior to this role, Caitlin led the development and opening of two new birth centres in Yorkshire and the reconfiguration of hospital services. She has held various positions in London and Yorkshire, including consultant midwife, community matron, clinical placement facilitator, and caseload team leader. Her key areas of expertise and interest are choice of birth place for all women with an emphasis on midwifery-led units and homebirth, vaginal birth after Caesarean, and continuity of carer.

Woollatt
Job title: Midwife, Delivery Suite Co-ordinator
Organisation: Harrogate District Foundation Trust

The HeArt of Maternity was the idea of Helen Woollatt, who is labour ward co-ordinator and supervisor of midwives. Helen trained as a midwife in 2009 after a career in nursing, and has been with the Harrogate team since 2012. She was proud to be appointed Yorkshire Post’s 2015 Midwife of the Year.

Barber
Job title: Mental Health & Bereavement Lead
Organisation: Women & Children’s Health Southmead Hospital

Before her current role in maternity services, Sasha was a mental health nurse for 22 years and a health visitor and perinatal mental health lead for 12 years. She is committed to preventative work and early intervention in the antenatal period. Part of Sasha’s role is to work with parents who have suffered a bereavement and she is passionate about progressing perinatal mental health care for bereaved parents. Sasha is a Fellow of the Institute of Health Visiting (iHV) and a lead trainer for the iHV perinatal and infant mental health training programmes. She is also a trustee for Bluebell Care, a charity providing support across Bristol.

Bedford
Job title: Lecturer in Midwifery
Organisation: University of York

Helen is an experienced midwifery educator, senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a practising coach. She is departmental academic lead for peer support for teaching, and serves on university forums to support academic development. Helen is external examiner with experience of PhD and MSc supervision.  Her research and scholarship interests include internationalisation and curriculum enhancement.Helen is member of the Mary Seacole Awards steering committee and her local maternity services liaison committee. In former roles, she co-hosted Commonwealth professional fellows, supported implementation of NHS Education for Scotland initiatives and was project midwife for the Scottish woman-held maternity record.

Blanco-Gutierrez
Job title: Clinical and Research Midwife
Organisation: University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

Veronica is a registered nurse and midwife working at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust. She is currently undertaking a Masters in clinical and health research funded by the National Institute of Health Research. Veronica has also been seconded as a research midwife to the University of Southampton and has provided antenatal, intrapartum and postpartum care to women and their families. She has a great passion for midwifery, research and evidence-based practice.

 

Brawn

Dr Miranda Brawn is a multi-award winning legal, business and diversity leader who is hailed as a trailblazer and honoured numerous times domestically and internationally for her achievements. With a background as an investment banker and barrister, she is the Founder and CEO of The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Foundation which won a UK Prime Minister award for making history in 2016. Miranda’s work has also been personally praised by HRH The Prince of Wales and other global leaders. She received an honorary Doctor of Letters in 2017 for her services to finance, law and diversity across the Globe.  A regular business and diversity expert on television and radio while being quoted in the national press. Her professional experience combined with her exuberant personality makes her a sought-after public speaker of the highest calibre.

 

Brown
Job title: Associate Professor Child Public Health
Organisation: Swansea University

Dr Amy Brown is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health, Policy and Social Sciences at Swansea University. Her research explores psychological, cultural and societal barriers to breastfeeding, seeking to understand how we can better support new mothers. Her primary focus explores how to shift our perception of breastfeeding as an individual mothering issue, to a wider public health problem, considering how we can create a society that protects and encourages breastfeeding. She is a mother to three children, and two book babies both published by Pinter & Martin: ‘Breastfeeding Uncovered: Who really decides how we feed our babies’ and ‘Why Starting Solids Matters’.

Choucri
Job title: senior lecturer, part time
Organisation: University of Salford

Lesley’s expertise includes action research, appreciative inquiry and student-centred curriculum development. She led the design and delivery of the current midwifery pre-registration problem-based learning curricula. Her doctoral study explored midwives creating a learning and practice development culture within an NHS trust. Lesley co-researched, with Rose McCarthy, the impact of social media based communities of new mothers and midwives to assess how information was shared and learning took place.  This £250k project, which was funded by Health Education North West, was completed in 2016. Last year, she was commissioned to create and design a communication toolkit on behalf of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust and NHS England.

Cutchie
Job title: Lead Midwife MLU's & Community Services
Organisation: Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust

Wendy trained as a nurse and midwife in the UK before moving to New Zealand for eight years. There, she worked in a midwifery continuity-of-carer model, was a diabetes specialist midwife, clinical educator and guideline development midwife. She also completed a Masters degree in health management. Moving to Australia for six years, Wendy was a department manager at the Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne, joined the Victorian State maternity guideline group and was then seconded to the Federal Department of Health as a member of the national antenatal guideline development group. Wendy returned to the UK in 2012. She is a specialist advisor for the CQC.

Dougan
Job title: Maternity Care Assistant
Organisation: NHS Dumfries and Galloway

Cherylene has been a maternity care assistant (MCA) for 10 years and is proud to have been part of the pilot project at Robert Gordon University Aberdeen. The role of the MCA has developed over the past decade and she has seen changes both in Scotland and England. Her main achievements are her family – her husband and three children of whom she is extremely proud – as well as her role as maternity care assistant.  She plays a part each day in making the transition into parenthood a positive and empowering experience for women and their partners.

Downey
Job title: Midwife
Organisation: Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Josh trained at NUH and has worked there since qualifying in 2013. He is currently working towards his MSc in midwifery. In 2016, he was midwife of the year in Nottingham. As a rotational midwife, he works on the labour suite and antenatal/postnatal wards. He is passionate about teamwork; shared governance has enabled him to strengthen and improve the ward environment, inspiring the hard working multi-disciplinary team around him. As secretary of the Bonington ward council, he has helped to improve the ward for patients and staff, working closely with the NUH charity.

Winners RCM i-folio Award for Partnership Working 2016

Dunkley-Bent
Job title: head of maternity, children & young people
Organisation: NHS England

Jacqueline is head of maternity, children and young people at NHS England. She has vast experience in healthcare provision, having worked as a nurse and a midwife. Jacqueline has held senior positions in education, leadership and management and, at present, she is visiting professor of midwifery at Kings College London and London South Bank University. She continues to work clinically as a midwife at St Mary’s Hospital in London.

 

Dunn
Job title: midwife/supervisor of midwives
Organisation: Broomfield Hospital Maternity Unit

Sarah commenced nurse training, aged 18, at London’s Middlesex Hospital, and qualified as an RGN in 1991. After qualifying, she moved to Peterborough where she undertook her midwifery training, qualifying in 1993.  Since 1996, Sarah has worked at Broomfield Maternity Unit. She currently holds the post of labour ward coordinator, but has previously worked in the community, in safeguarding and an antenatal clinic. She was also team lead on the postnatal ward. Sarah qualified as a supervisor of midwives in 2011. At present, she is undertaking the MSc in advanced midwifery practice at Anglia Ruskin University.

Durant
Job title: midwifery writer, blogger and supporter
Organisation: Midwife Diaries

Ellie Durant trained in 2007 and has worked as a clinically registered midwife in the UK and New Zealand. Based on the success of Midwife Diaries and associated online support groups, Ellie transitioned to being a midwifery writer and support-giver in 2014. Ellie is a passionate believer that high quality midwifery education and support for midwives is the crucial factor in achieving gold standard care for women and their families. She also has an interest in art and its role in supporting student and qualified midwives in their practice.

Evans
Job title: Student Midwife
Organisation: University of Nottingham

Cara is a first year student at the University of Nottingham. She is originally from Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. Cara is passionate about combining midwifery and social media in order to network with other midwives from around the world. She is also interested in using social media as an educational tool to share ideas and find the latest research, as well as keeping abreast of changes and issues within the midwifery profession. Cara believes this can be achieved through the use of Twitter, YouTube, blogging and other social media sites.

Fisher
Job title: Director
Organisation: Antenatal Results and Choices (ARC)

Antenatal Results and Choices (ARC) is a UK charity with a remit to provide non-directive information and support to women and couples through antenatal screening and its consequences. ARC has always had a collaborative relationship with health professionals and runs a well-established training programme for those in the field.

 

Jane Fisher joined ARC in 2001 and became Director in 2004. Along with managing the organisation, Jane is also regularly involved in directly supporting parents, training health professionals, research, media and policy work. She is a member UK National Screening Committee and sits on a number of its subgroups including the NHS Fetal Anomaly Screening Programme Advisory Board.

 

Griffin
Job title: Senior Research Fellow
Organisation: Kings College London

Richard has researched and evaluated maternity support worker roles for over 10 years. He is the author of the RCM’s Roles and Responsibilities of Maternity Support Workers (MSWs) and the College’s guide to apprenticeships. Richard has evaluated a number of MSW training programmes, has assessed the impact of the role, and investigated the factors that determine safe and effective delegation of tasks. He has also looked at how the role has impacted on safe staffing. He is a director of Birth Rate Plus and also works with maternity services in North West London, developing an education programme to support an enhanced MSW role in postnatal care.

Hannaway
Job title: Senior Charge Midwife
Organisation: Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Mary’s role is to manage a multidisciplinary labour ward team of over 180 staff at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH) in Glasgow. She leads on providing the best possible intrapartum care, which includes supporting a range of acute fetal medicine specialities, for approximately 6,000 women a year. As a midwife, Mary has worked and travelled the world gaining 20 years of clinical and managerial skills. She joined the QEUH team two years ago and is using her passion and commitment to seek out new and innovative models of care to enable women and their families to optimise their labour and birth experience.

Hardacre
Job title: Head of Midwifery
Organisation: Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Suzanne Hardacre RN RM Msc is head of midwifery and lead directorate nurse at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board. She is also a professional doctorate student at Cardiff University where her research is exploring women’s experience of being offered influenza vaccination in pregnancy. Suzanne recently worked with the Chief Nursing Officer and Welsh Government to develop the new model for clinical supervision for midwives in Wales.

Hawkins-Drew
Job Title: Consultant Midwife
Organisation: HSC Guernsey

Alex Hawkins-Drew is a consultant midwife working for HSC Guernsey with a clinical interest in public health. Prior to taking up her role in Guernsey, she worked throughout the Greater Manchester region as a midwife, with experience in team midwifery, research, independent midwifery and public health. Alex has an interest in workplace culture and this formed the basis of her research into why newly qualified midwives leave the profession. In 2016, she gained an MSc in midwifery, awarded by the University of Salford and is currently undertaking an MSc in advancing healthcare practice.

Holmes
Job title: chief midwifery associate and associate chief nursing officer
Organisation: Scottish Government

After qualifying as a nurse and midwife, Ann practised in a variety of units across Glasgow. She spent three years in research, conducting one of the first randomised controlled trials into midwife-led care. In 2000, Ann was appointed Scotland’s first consultant midwife and worked for 10 years with the nation’s largest NHS provider. She has experience in professional regulation, both within the local supervising authority and the NMC midwifery committee. Ann has been working for the Scottish Government as chief midwifery advisor and associate chief nursing officer since 2012. Her portfolio includes: midwifery; early years and children; professional regulation; and community nursing.

Vardavaki
Job title: Research Midwife
Organisation: Barts Health NHS Trust

I qualified as midwife in 2012, in Athens and worked independently in Greece, before I moved in UK to perform my Master studies. Since 2014, I’ve been actively practising within the NHS as midwife in both hospital and birth centre settings and I’m currently working as research midwife in Women’s Health Research Unit at Barts Health NHS Trust.

I am committed to support colleagues and student midwives in order to maximise potential for all women to have a satisfactory birth experience. I promote normality in childbirth and I’m an advocate for women and supporter of their choices.

I have published articles in journals and participated in conferences with presentations and posters. I was funded to participate in innovative health promotion and community projects on deprived women and their families. I am one of the cofounders of the HBMA and as a non-executive board member, I have the opportunity to serve the midwifery community and promote women’s health in every level.

Ireland
Job title: Midwifery Advocate for Quality
Organisation: Poole NHS Hospital Foundation Trust

Jilly will be presenting on the development of her role in Poole. She has worked as a midwife, lecturer and researcher in various locations: Aberdeen, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Nepal (Iolanthe Award 2012; RCM Global Midwifery Twinning Project 2013; BU THET Maternal Mental Health Project 2016). She is a visiting research fellow at Bournemouth University and has worked recently, together with colleagues and the Birthrights charity, to explore the human rights and dignity experiences of disabled women using maternity services. She is chair of her local RCM branch and is co-presenting a poster on the potential career benefits of being a learning representative for the union.

Jackson
Job title: head of midwifery and associate director of nursing
Organisation: Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

As a registered midwife of 25 years, Deb’s career has focused predominately within the field of normality. Pivotal to her approach and ethos is ensuring women and their families are at the centre of maternity care. As head of midwifery and associate director of nursing for Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, she has passion and enthusiasm for improvement and empowering staff to believe they can explore new ways of working. Deb has made a commitment to lead the maternity service forward to meet the needs of women and their families.

Jewell
Job title: nursing officer (maternity and early years)
Organisation: Welsh Government

Karen qualified as a midwife in 1988 and, since then, has worked across hospital and community settings. Her passion has always been in relation to public health and maternity care, believing that strong foundations in maternal health lead to the best start for baby and mum. As a consultant midwife for 14 years in Cardiff, her interests have included raised BMI, domestic abuse, female genital mutilation and the care of asylum seekers. Karen joined the Welsh Government in November 2016 as nursing officer for maternity and early years.  She leads on policy relating to maternity services, health visiting and school nursing.

Jones
Job title: Birth Centre Midwife
Organisation: Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Jude is a passionate social media advocate for maternity care.  Her love of collaboration on Twitter as @beetrooter benefits her practice and she is inspired by social media possibilities for continuity of care, as achieved with mums in ‘Facemums’ Facebook research (McCarthy, 2017). Jude studied midwifery at University of Salford where she founded their midwifery society, was member of the RCM student midwives forum and won Cavell Student Midwife and MAMA Conference student midwife of the year 2014. She trained and completed her preceptorship in Bolton. Jude recently started in a midwife post at a birth centre in Warrington Hospital.

 

Jones
Job title: Senior Research Fellow
Organisation: University of Hull

Catriona is a lecturer in midwifery and holds an honorary contract with Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Trust. She is a senior research fellow in maternal and reproductive health within the Faculty of Health Sciences. Catriona has worked at the University of Hull since 2004. Her various roles have included leader for the BSc (Hons) midwifery programme, and deputy and acting lead midwife for education. Catriona has a growing portfolio of research and publications in maternal and reproductive health. She has seen a number of funded research projects through to completion in her role as research associate, co-investigator and principle investigator.

 

Kelham
Job Title: Physio-Led Pilates Instructor
Organisation: Complete Pilates

Pilates is hugely important in ante and post natal care, this session will equip you to share those benefits with the women you see every day. Led by Chartered Physiotherapist Nikki Kelham, the session will deliver practical, proven insights in an interactive format. You will learn the basics of pilates for yourself, you will be given tools to aid you in your role, and you may even have a bit of fun too!

Kelly
Organisation: Kings College NHS Trust
Job Title: Specialist Midwife for Perinatal Mental Health

Daisy qualified as a midwife in 2007. She began her midwifery career at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London and was part of the team who set up the award winning Oasis Birth Centre, at the Princess Royal Hospital in South East London. After having two babies of her own, the importance of good perinatal mental health care was highlighted to Daisy, and she started the job of specialist midwife for perinatal mental health in June 2016. Daisy is proud to be working within a multidisciplinary team providing outstanding care to women with serious mental illness in London’s biggest borough.

Lavelle
Job title: Deputy Programme Lead
Organisation: University of York

Rachel qualified as a midwife in 1987 and has worked in all areas of midwifery practice. She developed a keen interest in teaching, undertaking roles including Instructor for Neonatal Life Support courses with the Resuscitation Council and Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics Instructor with ALSO (UK). She has taught on courses both nationally and internationally. Whilst working on a service improvement project in the community nursing setting she gained an MSc in Service Improvement.

Rachel is currently Deputy Programme Lead for the undergraduate midwifery programme at the University of York. Her teaching responsibilities include complicated maternities and emergency management, drawing on her extensive practice experience.

Linder
Job title: Labour Ward Coordinator / RCM Board Deputy Chair
Organisation: Western Sussex NHS Foundation Trust

Natalie qualified as a midwife in 2009 from LJMU. She currently works as a labour ward coordinator in Worthing but also has a background in a clinical skills facilitator role. Natalie won the Thompson’s members champion award at the RCM awards in 2015 for her work on the fair pay campaign. For the last 2 years, she has been a member of the RCM Board and was recently elected as the Deputy Chair of the Board. She also represents the RCM on the TUC womens committee and has been involved in several TUC campaigns including a poster campaign in the “protect the right to strike”

McCalmont
Job title: associate director of nursing/head of midwifery
Organisation: University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshore NHS Trust

Carmel has a BSc (hons) in midwifery and holds a Master of Arts in medical ethics and law. She has been a practising nurse and midwife for over 30 years and continues to have a passion for midwifery. Carmel co-authored a chapter in the book The Roar behind the Silence in which she focuses on supporting student midwives in clinical areas. Carmel was a member of the A-EQUIP editorial board, which focused on the new model of supervision (April 2017). Carmel continues to practise midwifery and birthed a mum for the third time on 19th March 2017.

Carmel, Has a BSc (hons) in Midwifery and holds a Master of Arts in Medical Ethics and law, her dissertation subject was Female genital Mutilation.. Carmel has been a practicing Nurse and Midwife for over 30 years and continues to have a passion for midwifery. As well as heading up the service at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, Carmel is also the Chair of the West Midlands Heads of Midwifery group. She also sits on the Royal College of midwives Advisory Group and works on national midwifery projects. Carmel works closely with colleagues at Coventry University and has a special interest in ensuring that student midwives have a positive experience during their training. Carmel recently co-authored a chapter in a book called the Roar behind the Silence focusing on supporting student midwives in the clinical areas.

McCauley
Job title: Senior Research Associate (MIdwifery)
Organisation: Centre for Maternal and Newborn Health, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

Hannah has worked as a midwife for over ten years, both in the UK and internationally, and is currently working as a senior research associate in the Centre for Maternal and New-born Health (CMNH) at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM). Prior to this recent appointment, she was a sister and manager in a freestanding midwife-led unit in Northern Ireland. She is passionate about improving the quality of care for woman and their newborn babies, supporting women’s choices in pregnancy and childbirth, and promoting and empowering midwives in their professional role, whether that is in the UK or overseas.

McNish
Job title: poet

Hollie has published three collections – Papers and Cherry Pie and her most recent one Plum – as well as one poetic memoir Nobody Told Me. In 2016, she co-wrote a play Offside relating the 200-year history of UK women’s football, as well as collaborating on her second poetry album Versus with the Dutch Metropole Orkest. Hollie tours continuously across the UK and is a big fan of online readings – her poetry videos have attracted millions of views worldwide. She has a keen interest in migration, infant health and language learning and does readings for organisations as diverse as The Economist, MTV, and UNICEF.

Mortimer
Job title: Midwife, Delivery Suite Co-ordinator
Organisation: Harrogate District Foundation Trust

Kate Mortimer is a newly qualified midwife. As a student at the University of Bradford, she helped found the midwifery society, was recognised at 2015 RCM awards and received an outstanding achievement award from her university. Kate was also shortlisted for a MAMA conference award.

Mullan
Job title: Birth Trauma Therapist
Organisation: Birth Trauma Resolution Therapy

Jenny Mullan is a birth trauma specialist, founder of Birth Trauma Resolution Therapy and has been treating trauma patients, including birth trauma for the last 16 years. Her years spent working with pregnancy, birth, miscarriage, baby loss and fertility and her passion for working with perinatal mental health has led to the development of a 3 month, certified, birth trauma resolution practitioner training programme for midwives, obstetricians, health visitors and other birth professionals. The RCM accredited training course offers a new way of thinking in birth trauma treatment, giving professionals the tools to dissolve the hugely debilitating symptoms of birth trauma/PTSD quickly and effectively.

Murphy
Job title: deputy director of nursing and HOM
Organisation: Central Manchester Foundation Trust

Kathryn began her career as a Registered General Nurse working in Surgery, before training as a
Midwife in 1987 at North Manchester General. She has worked across a variety of clinical settings
but has a core interest in intrapartum care. During the 1990’s Kathryn became involved in
leadership and was a LEO facilitator before gaining a MSC in Midwifery, which focused on Clinical
leadership.
In 2002 Kathryn moved to Salford Royal initially as the Consultant Midwife for the co- located birth
centre working with a team of community based midwives to provide intrapartum care to low risk
women , work which won the RCM award for promoting normality, and later worked at Salford as
the Assistant Director of Nursing /Head of Midwifery. For a number of years Kathryn has held a joint
appointment with the University of Salford and has worked on developing and implementing
postgraduate midwifery learning related to complex and high-risk pregnancy.
Since 2011 Kathryn as worked at Central Manchester Foundation Trust and has participated in
quality improvement work being undertaken by the organisation. Following major large scale
change the maternity unit at CMFT became the largest in Greater Manchester with over 9,000 births
on a single site . Kathryn’s current role is very exciting and covers the whole spectrum of women’s
health from Gynaecology which includes Reproductive medicine ,Early pregnancy and oncology
through to leading the region’s leading tertiary neonatal unit which comprises of 69 surgical and
medical cots.

Murray
Job title: senior professional officer
Organisation: Northern Ireland Practice and Education Council (NIPEC)

Karen has responsibility for midwifery, children, safeguarding and public health in her role at Northern Ireland Practice and Education Council (NIPEC).  NIPEC’s work is specifically aligned to promoting high standards of practice, education and learning for nurses and midwives. Karen’s work includes: the development of a new model of midwifery supervision; the development of a core care pathway for postnatal care, which aligns with the objectives of the Northern Ireland strategy for maternity care (2012-2018). Karen previously worked as a midwifery lecturer at Queens University Belfast (2002-2016) and was lead midwife for education from 2010 – 2015.

November
Job title: Midwife Research Fellow
Organisation: King's College London

Lucy November is a midwife and public health researcher and practitioner with an MSc in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Lucy spent several years living in Sierra Leone working with ex-combatant children; she was awarded the Wellbeing of Women’s international midwifery fellowship for 2017, to study the causes of adolescent maternal mortality in Freetown, based at Kings College London. As professional advisor for public health with the Royal College of Midwives, Lucy worked on the new RCM model for the public health role of the midwife, developing online resources for families and midwives. Lucy is currently being funded by the Sir Halley Stewart Trust to research the public health training needs of parent-and-child foster carers in order to develop an e-learning package to meet this need.

Patterson
Job title: 2nd year PhD student and Midwife
Organisation: Edinburgh Napier University

Jenny qualified as a midwife in 2007 and, since then, has worked in the NHS and independently. Her work with women resulted in an awareness of women’s traumatic birth experiences, which led to a particular interest in this issue. Since 2008, Jenny has been part of an international group of midwives, midwifery researchers and lecturers. This group, through workshops and surveys across the UK and Ireland, explore midwives’ needs regarding stress and trauma. Since completing trauma management training in 2014, Jenny has led workshops for both women and midwives. She is undertaking a PhD exploring post traumatic stress disorder in connection with childbirth.

Pauls
Job title: Midwife and Naturopathic Doctor
Organisation: Liverpool Women's Hospital

Hana Pauls is a qualified Midwife and Naturopathic Doctor and more recently a blogger; I am evangelical about Holistic Midwifery and demystifying women’s inherent fear around childbirth.

My passion for holistic midwifery’ is bedded in its philosophy of attending to the woman from a bio-psycho-social perspective and in doing so, liberating and empowering her in all of her being. It is this approach ‘that really excites me’ and ‘drives me each day to find new and innovative ways to ‘be with woman’”

I can be found tucked away on the midwifery-led unit at the Liverpool Women’s Hospital, where I have been since 2001 attending to birthing women.

Porritt

Genevieve became mum to Dylan in April of this year. In preparation for a planned home birth, Genevieve did a lot of research to explore her options and choices around birth. Part of this involved participating in NCT classes. Both Genevieve and Dylan received excellent continuity of carer from the Crocus community team at Croydon University Hospital. They received exceptional care at the hospital and in the community.

Read
Job title: previous LSMAO and now regional maternity lead for London
Organisation: NHS England (London)

Jess has worked across all aspects of the maternity services from promoting home birth and birth centres to managing a busy labour ward in London. She was the LSA midwifery officer in London from 2011 – 2017 and managed London LSA through the legislative change that resulted in the disestablishment of the LSA function and the role of supervisor of midwives. She has also chaired the NHSE sub-group that developed the A-EQUIP model of clinical supervision for midwives. In her current role, Jess has established the London Maternity Partnership to oversee maternity transformation in London and the implementation of A-EQUIP across the Capital.

Reading
Job title: Midwife
Organisation: Weston Area Health Trust / LSHTM

Since qualifying in 2011, Claire has worked on assignment with Medecins Sans Frontieres in various conflict areas such as DRC (2015) and South Sudan (2016 and 2017). Claire has also worked in Bangladesh, Kenya, Pakistan and Nepal and is passionate about engaging communities to understand how best to tailor sexual and reproductive healthcare and improve access. She facilitates educational sessions and direct support for project staff working with survivors of gender based violence. In between assignments, she works as a midwife in Somerset at a freestanding birth centre. She also works at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine where she is a facilitator for essential obstetric and newborn care skills.

Roddy
Job title: Diabetes specialist midwife
Organisation: Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

My name is Jenny Roddy, I work as a diabetes specialist midwife for Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. I am one of a team of four midwives who work together to provide midwifery care for diabetic women during the childbearing continuum. We hold individual caseloads of pregnant type 1 and type 2 diabetic women for whom we provide complete antenatal and postnatal midwifery care for. We work closely together and as part of a wider MDT of obstetricians, diabetologists, dietitians and diabetic nurses. Outside of working life I am currently undertaking an Advanced Practice Masters at the University of Leeds whilst being a busy mum to two young children. I like to relax by running in my spare time and competing in races. Earlier this year I surprised myself by completing my first half marathon, an achievement I never envisaged. I enjoy working as a diabetes midwife as the work is varied and different every day and being able to make a lasting relationship with a woman from the start to the end of their pregnancy leaves me with a sense of fulfillment.

Schiller
Job title: CEO
Organisation: Birthrights

Rebecca is chief executive of the human rights in childbirth charity, Birthrights (birthrights.org.uk). Birthrights provides free, expert legal advice alongside a programme of research and campaigning to improve women’s experiences of pregnancy and birth. Birthrights’ training and education programme aims to directly improve care for women and families, change practice, address inequalities at the frontline and strengthen the case for the use of human rights in maternity care amongst midwives and doctors. Rebecca also writes about reproductive rights, birth and parenting. Her latest book on human rights in childbirth was published in September 2016 and her forthcoming book will be published in April 2018.

Snow
Job title: head of department & lead midwife for education
Organisation: Oxford Brookes University

Sarah’s career as a nurse and midwife spans 33 years. The last 14 years have been spent in higher education, teaching across a range of pre and post registration midwifery and sexual health courses. She has been lead midwife for education (LME) at Oxford Brookes since 2015. Sarah’s professional and research interests are focused on the experience of midwifery students. She is a part time PhD student exploring student retention, as well as the author of books Get into Nursing and Midwifery and Rapid Midwifery. Sarah is a judge for the Cavell Nurses’ Trust annual academic scholarship awards.

Spencer
Job title: Director of Midwifery and Women's Health
Organisation : King's College Hospital

I have 35 years’ experience of working in the NHS with 30 of those years being specifically in midwifery. In these years I have gained a depth and richness of experience that I constantly reflect upon to help me on my journey through all the challenges that I face as a Director of Midwifery and Women’s Health at King’s College Hospital.  I take the responsibility of doing the right thing to support women and midwives very seriously, I am passionate in my belief that midwives really do make a difference, I am proud to be a midwife and being ‘with woman’ is something I cherish.

Stables
Job title: Consultant Midwife in Normality
Organisation: Barnsley NHS Foundation Trust Hospital

Since becoming consultant midwife at Barnsley Hospital in October 2016, Sarah has embraced the opportunity to introduce innovation into ways of working. She has had a keen interest in using technology to improve the working lives of the midwifery team whilst enhancing the woman’s journey. Previous roles have included that of senior lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University and she continues to have strong links to this institution. Other successes include winning the 2015 RCM award for innovation and becoming one of the editors of The Oxford Handbook of Midwifery 3rd Ed (2017).

Stride
Job title: Midwifery Lecturer
Organisation: Bournemouth University

Sara Stride MA PGCE BSc (Hons) RM RGN Midwifery Lecturer, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Bournemouth University. Sara is an experienced midwife and worked for many years as a Midwifery Clinical Leader leading a team of Midwives working in clinical practice, before moving into a Midwifery Lecturer Practitioner role. She is a Professional Midwifery Advocate and participated in the pilot of the A Equip model of midwifery supervision in Somerset. Her research interests include: perineal care at the time of birth, education, improving services for women, group antenatal care and diabetes in pregnancy.

Tagney
Job title: Maternity Transformation Programme Director
Organisation: NHS England

Matt is responsible for leading the implementation of the maternity transformation programme by bringing together leaders from across health and social care at national, regional and local network levels to deliver the vision of the National Maternity Review: Better Births. He has previously led transformation and developed policy at national and local levels in the UK and internationally.

 

Wallace
Job title: midwifery officer
Organisation: Department of Health, Northern Ireland

Verena completed her training as a nurse in Belfast, followed by midwifery in Scotland. She has subsequently worked in a variety of midwifery roles including community midwife, consultant midwife, deputy chief nurse for women’s services and head of midwifery. She was a supervisor of midwives before being appointed as the local supervising authority midwifery officer (LSAMO) for Northern Ireland in 2007. As the midwifery officer at the Department of Health (NI) since 2015, Verena has responsibility for providing advice on all matters relating to midwifery and children’s services. She has been a CQC and Mott MacDonald reviewer and is currently working with colleagues on the NMC’s midwifery thought leadership group to review the standards for pre-registration midwifery education.

Williams
Job title: Student Midwife
Organisation: University of South Wales

Elizabeth is a mature student having completed a law degree in 2009. In 2014, after gaining transferable work experience in London and travelling around South America and Thailand, she committed to her vocation. She enjoys empowering women and their families to make informed choices throughout the pregnancy journey and recognise that there can be complications. She recognises that her chosen career is a diverse and demanding challenge that carries great responsibility. This requires continual development, a commitment she has been willing to make as a dedicated healthcare professional who wants to enhance the health and wellbeing of future generations.

Williams
Job title: International Fathers Mental Health Campaigner, Speaker and Trainer.
Organisation: Fathers Reaching Out

Mark is the founder of International Fathers Mental Health Day and a campaigner. He has been on television and radio, campaigning for all parents. Mark has shared his story around the world and was awarded inspirational father of the year and local hero at Pride of Britain Awards in 2012. Mark now trains with Dr Jane Hanley in listening skills, perinatal mental health and fathers’ mental health.

Williams (MSc, RM, Dip HE, RGN)
Job title: Health Informatics Programme Lead
Organisation: Perinatal Institute

Mandy is the health informatics programme lead for the Perinatal Institute (PI). The PI is a national not-for-profit organisation set up to enhance the quality and safety of maternity care. She qualified as a midwife in 1997 and has practised in a variety of roles at a busy Birmingham trust. Prior to joining the PI team, she worked as a midwifery researcher. Mandy is the programme manager for a number of software projects within the PI and is the lead for GAPplus; linking GROW charts and centiles to UK and international maternity information systems.

 

Wilson
Job title: Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Organisation: NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Rhona is currently working for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde as an advanced neonatal nurse practitioner (ANNP) in the neonatal unit in the Royal Hospital for Children. She undertook her general training in 1981 and worked in elderly care until becoming a midwife in 1989. It was when she rotated to the neonatal unit that her passion for neonatal care became apparent. She was a senior charge midwife for six years and qualified as an ANNP in 2007. She went on to complete her MSc ANNP in 2008 and is proud to be part of an exciting and innovative team.

Wilson
Job title: Consultant Midwife
Organisation: Worcester Acute Hospitals NHS Trust/ University of Worcester

Caitlin is a consultant midwife at the University of Worcester, sharing her role between the trust and the University of Worcester. Prior to this role, Caitlin led the development and opening of two new birth centres in Yorkshire and the reconfiguration of hospital services. She has held various positions in London and Yorkshire, including consultant midwife, community matron, clinical placement facilitator, and caseload team leader. Her key areas of expertise and interest are choice of birth place for all women with an emphasis on midwifery-led units and homebirth, vaginal birth after Caesarean, and continuity of carer.

Woollatt
Job title: Midwife, Delivery Suite Co-ordinator
Organisation: Harrogate District Foundation Trust

The HeArt of Maternity was the idea of Helen Woollatt, who is labour ward co-ordinator and supervisor of midwives. Helen trained as a midwife in 2009 after a career in nursing, and has been with the Harrogate team since 2012. She was proud to be appointed Yorkshire Post’s 2015 Midwife of the Year.