RCM Annual Conference

SPEAKERS

Our conference speakers will be leading lively debates, exploring the hot topics in the profession through a series of keynote sessions, workshops and seminar sessions.

Abbott
Job title: Senior lecturer in midwifery
Organisation: University of Hertfordshire

Laura is a senior lecturer in midwifery at the University of Hertfordshire and an RCM fellow. Her doctorate examined the experiences of pregnant women in prison: The incarcerated pregnancy: an ethnographic study of perinatal women in English prisons. She was awarded the Jean Davies Award in 2014 and Midwives Award in 2017 from The Iolanthe Midwifery Trust. Laura volunteers with the charity Birth Companions supporting perinatal women in prison, and is also the co-author of the Birth charter for pregnant women in England and Wales, published by Birth Companions in 2016. She hopes to continue to highlight the voices of pregnant women in prison.

Alba
Job title: Charge midwife
Organisation: NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Hilary Alba, a charge midwife at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, has been the team lead for the Glasgow-based Special Needs in Pregnancy Team since March 2016. As well as leading her team, she caseloads complex asylum-seekers, trafficked women and leads on female genital mutilation (FGM). Along with the Gender-Based Violence Team, Hilary designed a midwifery pathway for FGM. She works closely with the Asylum Health Bridging Team and the third sector, and is working with Red Cross to develop a bespoke parentcraft service for her clients. Hilary was one of four midwives to attend the Scottish Parliament at an RCM event representing ‘modern midwifery’. She was presented with a Queen’s Nurse Award last December.

Baston
Job title: consultant midwife: Public Health
Organisation: Sheffield teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Helen began her career as a hospital and community midwife in Sheffield after qualifying in 1987. In 1994 she took up post as practice development adviser/lecturer and, as part of this role, became a supervisor of midwives. She undertook a master’s degree in primary and community care at the University of Sheffield. She has been a lecturer in midwifery at the University of Leeds and the University of York, where she was the programme leader and lead midwife for education. Supported by a Health Foundation fellowship, she undertook doctoral research examining women’s experience of emergency caesarean. She is currently a consultant midwife in public health at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust with a remit for improving perinatal health through midwifery practice, research and education.

Bidwell
Job title: research fellow, midwife
Organisation : RCOG
Brigante
Job title: caseload midwife
Organisation: Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Lia had been working as a caseload midwife at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust providing midwife-led continuity of carer before joining the RCM as quality and standards advisor, contributing to improvement of maternity policy and midwifery practice across the UK. Lia is passionate about providing holistic women-centred care, building relationships and facilitating choices, particularly around place of birth, having extensive experience in facilitating home births. Lia has also worked as a research midwife and is currently conducting research on women’s experiences of continuity of carer (POPPIE trial) at King’s College London as part of her MSc in implementation science, supervised by Professor Jane Sandall.

Collinge
Job title: maternity bereavement service manager
Organisation: University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust

Samantha Collinge, maternity bereavement service manager at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, has held the post of bereavement support specialist midwife for 20 years. She was awarded the National Maternity Support Foundation award for Best Practice in Bereavement Care at the 2015 RCM awards for her ‘Forever Photos’ sensitive photography training initiative. Sam is head of professional standards at charity Abigail’s Footsteps, and is a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Baby Loss. She is currently co-chairing the Department of Health and Social Care’s Pregnancy loss review, examining care and support when baby loss occurs before 24 weeks’ gestation, including options to amend legislation to allow parents to register their baby’s death before that point if they so wish.

The Pregnancy Loss Review 

At the request of Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Sarah is co-chairing a review to produce a report on ‘Pregnancy Loss – Care and Support when Baby Loss Occurs Before 24 Weeks Gestation’. In particular, the report will focus on:

* The impact on families of the current threshold of 24 weeks gestation before being able, formally, to register a miscarriage if they so wish.
* Whether it would, on balance, be beneficial to look at legislative and non-legislative options to allow parents to register a miscarriage if they so wish.
* Options to improve NHS gynaecology and maternity care practice for parents who experience a miscarriage and other causes of baby loss.

Terms of Reference for the review are available at https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/pregnancy-loss-review-group.

Cooke
Job title: lecturer in midwifery
Organisation : The University of Manchester

Dr Alison Cooke is a Lecturer in Midwifery at The University of Manchester with a teaching focus on public health, research methods and evidence-based practice. Alison’s Ph.D. investigated using topical oils for the prevention and treatment of baby dry skin where Alison was Chief Investigator for the OBSeRvE (Oil in Baby Skincare) RCT. The trial tested olive oil against sunflower oil against no oil. Both oils impeded the development of baby skin barrier function and the study concluded against recommending oils to new parents to use on baby dry skin. Alison’s research interests also include advanced maternal age, safety and risk management and intrapartum care.

Corr
Job title: teaching associate
Organisation: University of Nottingham

Following a degree in sociology from Durham University and a year working as a healthcare assistant in an inner-city emergency admissions unit, Alison completed her midwifery training with Edinburgh Napier University. She began her clinical midwifery career in Nottingham University Hospitals Trust, working initially as a rotational midwife, then moving to help establish a new alongside midwifery unit. This is where her passion for research into midwife-led units began, and she has since completed an MSc in midwifery, and joined the University of Nottingham as a midwifery teaching associate in 2017, where she specialises in teaching research and social theory.

Craig
Job title: head of midwifery
Organisation: NHS Tayside

Justine Craig is chief midwife at NHS Tayside. Having started her training in 1993 in Glasgow, Justine has worked across all settings during her midwifery career; she has been a community midwife, labour suite coordinator, specialist midwife, consultant midwife and midwifery clinical manager. Her current post offers her the opportunity to develop the midwifery service in Tayside into the future. Justine has a degree from Edinburgh Napier University and postgraduate diploma in maternal and child health from the University of the West of Scotland. She was a professional adviser at the Scottish Government and a co-chair of the maternity models of care subgroup during the development of The best start: a five-year forward plan for maternity and neonatal care in Scotland.

Crisp
Job title: midwife and midwifery lecturer
Organisation: Staffordshire University

Lizzie has worked as a rotational midwife in a variety of settings within the NHS including in the community, a freestanding midwife-led unit, antenatal/postnatal, delivery suite, high dependency unit and a conjoined midwife-led unit. Currently a midwife and midwifery lecturer at Staffordshire University, she maintains midwifery practice at a busy NHS maternity unit, in order to ensure her practice is contemporary and to enable her to bring experiences into her role as a lecturer. She provides pastoral support for midwifery students and is also involved with student assessments. Her interests include women’s reproductive health, sexual health, recruitment to the preregistration midwifery course, and research.

Divall
Job title: lecturer in leadership and management
Organisation: Northumbria University

After qualifying as a midwife in 2004, Bernie worked clinically until 2009 when she was awarded a studentship from the Economic and Social Research Council and the NHS to undertake doctoral research focusing on leadership and career narratives within midwifery. From 2014, Bernie worked as a research fellow at the University of Nottingham, undertaking projects including exploring contemporary views of birth plans, and developing a local maternity service users’ research network. In June this year she took up a position as lecturer in leadership and management at Northumbria University, with a continued interest in developing future generations of midwifery leaders.

Dunnachie
Job title: lead midwife for diabetes
Organisation: NHS Ayrshire and Arran

I work in NHS Ayrshire and Arran where l have practiced as a midwife for over 20 years. I have a special interest in diabetes in pregnancy, especially gestational diabetes. By virtue of my involvement in various projects such as the NHS Education for Scotland Leadership Course, and Compassionate Connections I have been able to lead change and improve service provision for women and their families. I have undertaken postgraduate study at the University of Warwick in relation to Diabetes in Pregnancy, and I am a non-medical prescriber which is invaluable to my role.

Fisher
Job title: mother

Jane Fisher is a psychiatric nurse with first-hand experience of severe perinatal mental health problems. She spent most of her career working as a community psychiatric nurse.  After the birth of her third child, she experienced severe perinatal mental health issues herself. She went from being a mental health nurse, to a mental health patient, and began her own personal journey of recovery. After surviving this terrifying period of illness, she now uses her experience to help others, to break down stigma and raise awareness of perinatal mental illness. Jane has published articles on the subject and spends time speaking to health professionals, students and mums. Her take-home message is one of hope and recovery.

Fox
Job title: consultant midwife
Organisation : Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board

Sarah is a part time Consultant Midwife for Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board in South Wales. She loves the variety of the role and the challenge of strategically leading the drive to reduce unnecessary interventions throughout the maternity service. Sarah has also undertaken a secondment as an RCM Professional Policy Advisor – public health, focusing on the challenges of smoking in pregnancy. She is full of enthusiasm for both of these fascinating and exciting roles, one of the joys of midwifery is the diverse opportunities that are available. Sarah would encourage anyone to get in touch on sarah.fox@wales.nhs.uk.

Galvin
Job title: regional officer
Organisation: Royal College of Midwives

Lynne Galvin is a regional officer at the RCM. She started her midwifery career in 1992 as a rotational midwife. Having completed her BSc in midwifery practice, from 2000 she worked as a labour ward coordinator. Being involved in her active RCM branch since qualification, Lynne took up the role of branch secretary for three years. Her interest in representing the views of members grew and she was elected into the role of RCM steward, an office she held for 10 years. In 2011, Lynne joined the RCM Northern Team as a regional officer, and she continues in this role today.

Goodwin
Job title : lead midwife for induction
Organisation : Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Sally is currently working as lead midwife for inductions at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Having qualified in 2011, Sally has worked as a hospital midwife, community midwife and briefly as a caseload midwife. Sally is passionate about supporting women in their birth choices and optimising their experience of maternity care. Sally also has a keen interest in physiology, breech birth, wellbeing of the maternity team and human factors in healthcare.

Greenock
Job title: women and children’s directorate
Organisation: NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Joanna is the practice development midwife for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. She took up the position in 2017, following 19 years of midwifery clinical practice. With a passion for high-quality maternity education and development, she describes this role as a natural fit. Within it she has responsibility to implement, teach and support practice development initiatives, and facilitate midwifery and nursing staff to develop safe, effective, compassionate person-centered care for women, babies and their families.

Gutteridge
Job Title: President
Organisation: Royal College of Midwives

Kathryn is an established Consultant Midwife with a long history of clinical care in the NHS.  She has worked in many diverse settings including neonatal services and community midwifery care.  She is currently the Consultant Midwife and Clinical Lead for Low Risk Women at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS trust.

Passionate about women’s issues and particularly in relation to childbearing, Kathryn has a reputation for representing women’s psychological and mental wellbeing during this vulnerable stage of their lives.  Further to this Kathryn founded Sanctum Midwives; an organisation that educates, represents and challenges stigma around sexual abuse and its impact during motherhood.

The latter years Kathryn has led and promoted the ‘Your Birth in our Home’ project at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust opening the Serenity Birth Co-located Centre and Halcyon Stand-Alone Birth Centre.  These services have transformed the pathway for Low Risk women in the area and are changing the face of midwifery care for women in this region.

Professionally Kathryn has advised and participated in national policy and developing clinical excellence.  She has joined other experts in reviewing maternity services UK wide and provided future direction based on evidence and current practice ensuring women can access high quality care.

Harper
Job title: multiple births midwife
Organisation: Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust

Prior to qualifying from Leeds University as a midwife in 2003, Kathryn was a nurse for seven years, working in trauma/orthopaedics. She began her midwifery career working as a rotational midwife in Leeds, until her own experience of a multiple pregnancy motivated her to improve care for women having multiples. In 2013, working alongside the multidisciplinary team, a multiples service was set up providing continuity of care and linking the hospital with community. Kathryn continues to promote the needs of this high-risk group nationally, working for the Twins and Multiple Births Association as a consultant midwife on the Department of Health Maternity Engagement Project. She undertakes audits and advises maternity units on implementing changes to improve care.

Hooper
Job title: midwife, mother and author

Clemmie began her career as a midwife more than a decade ago in one of London’s busiest hospitals. After the birth of her second daughter she started her blog, Gas and air, where she documented life as a midwife and mother of young children, and later published birth stories, with the mothers’ consent. After announcing her third pregnancy with identical twin girls she has continued to share the ups and downs of life as a mum of four girls via Instagram as @mother_of_daughters. Her candid style has gained her more than half a million followers from around the globe. She is often featured in newspapers, magazines, and on television and radio, and is the author of How to grow a baby and push it out, and a journal to accompany the pregnancy journey.

Hussein
Job title: psychotherapist, activist, founder and co-founder of Daughters of Eve
Organisation: Dahlia Project

Leyla Hussein is a psychotherapist specialising in supporting survivors of sexual abuse, and a leading international campaigner and expert on tackling Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). She co-developed the first ever guide to support FGM survivors in therapy, and founded the Dahlia Project, the UK’s first specialist therapeutic service for FGM survivors. She created the ground-breaking Face of Defiance Project, a series of photographic portraits and interviews with FGM survivors. Leyla has been published in national media and she regularly appears in both print and broadcast as an expert commentator. Cosmopolitan Campaigner of the Year 2010, she was also included in the BBC 100 Women List in 2013, Woman’s Hour Power List 2014, and Debretts 500 as one of the UK’s most influential people.

Jackson
Job title: midwife and midwifery lecturer
Organisation: Staffordshire University

Currently the lead midwife for education at Staffordshire University, Susan has worked in the midwifery and nursing health professions since 1980, and maintains a small clinical practice within the contraception and sexual health arena. Susan contributes to and develops both the undergraduate and postgraduate portfolio within the School of Health and Social Care. In addition, she is actively involved in research projects and collaborative working with partner organisations, which includes acute and community health trusts and professional bodies. Her research interests include teaching and learning, and medical ethics and law. She also has an interest in reflexology and aromatherapy.

Janiszewski
Job title: midwife researcher
Organisation: Coventry University & Nottingham University Hospitals

Helen, a midwife researcher at Coventry University and Nottingham University Hospitals, has been a midwife for 15 years. She has progressed her career with a number of specialist, managerial and leadership roles, including specialist perinatal mental health midwife, deputy ward sister, maternity ward sister and maternity matron. Helen has successfully implemented patient safety initiatives, including reducing baby falls in the maternity unit, and disseminated this work worldwide. In 2017 she successfully secured a Health Education England/National Institute for Health Research masters in clinical research at Coventry University, and will shortly begin a PhD. Her research interest is the experiences of pregnancy of women living with inflammatory bowel disease.

Jenkins
Job title: midwife
Organisation: Isle of Wight NHS Trust

On qualifying in 1999 Elinor started her midwifery career on the Isle of Wight. She moved to New Zealand to take up a caseloading role in 2003, and on her return in 2007 joined Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, where she took on the additional roles of supervisor of midwives and research midwife. In 2015 she became a research manager and clinical lead for research on the Isle of Wight, where she remained for two years. She was awarded a doctorate in clinical practice (midwifery) in March 2016 for the completion of research into midwives’ information behaviour. She is currently a midwife and midwifery researcher on the Isle of Wight.

Jenks
Job title: student midwife
Organisation: University of West London

Rosie Jenks is a third-year midwifery student at the University of West London. She completed the Council of Deans Student Leadership Programme in 2017, a programme designed to develop leadership in future healthcare professionals. It aimed to raise 150 leaders among midwives, nurses and allied health professionals through a series of workshops, conferences and a mentorship programme. It was through taking part in this that she was encouraged to run as one of the four England representatives for the RCM’s Student Midwives Forum and was elected to the role in December last year. This is her first time at the RCM annual conference.

Johnson
Job title: RCM professional advisor education
Organisation: Royal College of Midwives

 

 

Gail has been at the Royal College of Midwives since 2005. Her post involves a full range of education and continuing professional development activities, which support midwives and maternity staff in their roles.

She leads the development and delivery of the RCM Leadership portfolio, supporting midwives to achieve their true potential as leaders of the  profession both at a national and international level. A recent initiative for labour ward leaders was shortlisted for HSJ award.

Gail is the professional lead on RCM i-learn, a resource with over 110 modules currently used by over 19000 members.

Gail co-edited Mayes’ Midwifery a comprehensive textbook for midwives.

She was recently made an honorary Fellow of RCM.

Jones
Job title: midwife
Organisation: Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Alison qualified as a midwife in 2000. Since then she has worked in many areas of maternity including a standalone midwifery led unit from 2005 to 2017 and is now the ward sister for delivery suite. She branched out into supervision of midwifery in 2015 where she could embrace her passion for supporting midwives, she believes in leading by example and ensuring the staff, women and their families feel valued and supported. With the support from her Head of Midwifery and through her commitment to the profession, her work now includes presenting sessions to first year student midwives in Cardiff University.

Kasliwal
Job title: president
Organisation: Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health

Dr Asha Kasliwal is the president of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH). She is also a consultant in community gynaecology and sexual and reproductive health, and lead for the citywide Manchester service. Asha graduated in Mumbai, India, and worked in Oman before moving to the UK in 1995. She was an overseas doctors’ representative on the RCOG trainees committee. At the FSRH, she was chair of the Clinical Standards Committee and vice president for clinical quality. She was involved in publication of the NICE quality standards for contraceptive services. Asha has driven an ambitious modernisation programme in Manchester, which showcases multidisciplinary working with medical support to extend the role of nurses.

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
Job title: specialist midwife for perinatal mental health
Organisation: Kings College NHS Foundation Trust

Daisy had wanted to be a midwife for as long as she can remember. She undertook her midwifery training in the Midlands, completing a dissertation entitled ‘Exploring Spirituality in Midwifery Practice’. Since qualifying in 2007, she has worked at three large London hospitals, providing midwifery care to a diverse population. Since having her own two daughters, Daisy became keen to focus her experience on supporting women with mental health needs in the perinatal period. Since 2016, Daisy has provided specialist midwifery care alongside an award winning perinatal mental health team, for women in London’s biggest borough.

Kirtley
Job title: midwifery mentorship facilitator
Organisation: Cardiff and Vale UHB

Nerys Kirtley is a midwife within an alongside midwifery unit, providing all aspects of midwifery care. She has recently gained a PGCE and is currently undertaking an MSC in advanced practice. Nerys also holds an additional role as midwifery mentorship facilitator for Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, supporting mentors and student midwives in practice. Last year she led a project called ‘Prep for Practice’ to support newly qualified midwives (NQMs), and she hopes to share her project’s success in creating a more positive and supportive experience during what can be a difficult transitional period as NQMs start out in their midwifery careers.

Lambert
Job title: head of midwifery/consultant midwife
Organisation : NHS Highland

As consultant midwife Jaki supports 5 feestanding maternity units to offer relationship based care to the women and families of Argyll and Bute , a remote and rural area of Scotland. She undertook this study supported by the wellbeing of women foundation , the RCM and the Burnett trust while seconded to the post of senior research associate with the CENTRE FOR MATERNAL AND NEWBORN HEALTH at the Liverpool School of Tropical medicine . Currently working as Head of Midwifery for NHS highland she is exited to be taking up the post of professional advisor for midwofery and perinatal care at the Scottish government.

Lavender
Job title: professor of midwifery and director of centre for global women's health
Organisation: University of Manchester

Dame Tina is professor of midwifery and director of the centre for global women’s health at the University of Manchester, a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre. Her DBE was awarded in 2012 for her commitment to developing midwifery research capacity globally. She is a visiting professor at the University of Nairobi and external examiner at the University of Malawi. Dame Tina is a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) senior investigator and is leading on an NIHR funded research group on the prevention and management of stillbirth. In 2016, she was declared as one of the BBC’s most inspirational women, for her global work. She is co-editor in chief of the British Journal of Midwifery and associate editor and founder of the African Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health.

Macrory
Job title: freelance consultant

Faye Macrory is a retired consultant midwife and freelance consultant. She was appointed as consultant midwife in April 2001. Based in the community and using a multi-agency approach, she developed the Manchester Specialist Midwifery Service, a city-wide service for women with problematic drug/alcohol use and mental health issues, which also coordinated the screening and care for HIV-positive pregnant women. As trust lead for domestic violence/abuse, she also developed the role of independent domestic violence advisor, now based in antenatal care. Among her awards Faye received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the British Journal of Midwifery (BJM) Practice Awards in 2014, and first prize for the contribution to the eradication of female genital mutilation at the BJM awards in 2015.

Mazzocchi
Job title: quality improvement and assurance midwife
Organisation: Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospital Trust

Elita qualified as a midwife in Italy in 2010 and came to England the following year, starting work as a rotational midwife at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust. Elita was appointed to the audit midwife position within the Maternity Clinical Governance Team, and during this period completed the supervisor of midwives course and was appointed to the role. She maintains her clinical skills, doing regular shifts and, since 2015, working as labour ward coordinator. She has also spent time seconded to the position of clinical lead for maternity in the high dependency unit and obstetric theatres. Her current role is quality improvement and assurance midwife, where her work includes scoping new ways of working, reviewing existing systems and processes, and evaluating and facilitating changes.

McEwan
Job title: lecturer in midwifery
Organisation: University of the West of Scotland

Tom is currently a lecturer in midwifery and doctoral student at the University of the West of Scotland, and has been a midwife for 19 years. He delivers high-quality education to both undergraduate and postgraduate students in maternal and newborn health and care. He also works clinically as an honorary advanced neonatal nurse practitioner within several local maternity and neonatal units. He has undertaken research into many aspects of neonatal care, and was recently a contributing author to a leading midwifery textbook Physiology in childbearing (fourth edition). His areas of academic interest include mentorship, breastfeeding, neonatal care and transitional care.

McKeown
Job title: lead midwife for community midwifery and public health
Organisation: Northern Health and Social Care Trust

Brigid has close two four decades’ midwifery experience, including 10 years in her current role as lead midwife for community midwifery and public health in the Northern Health and Social Care Trust, Northern Ireland. Previous roles include community midwifery manager, supervisor of midwives and local supervising authority midwifery officer. She is committed to supporting midwives and managers to provide the best care for service users, for example after recognising the challenges facing midwifery as many experienced midwives plan their retirement, she has implemented an innovative Succession Planning Programme to help motivate and encourage midwifery leaders of the future.

McLean
Job title: neonatal screening specialist midwife
Organisation: University Hospitals of Derby and Burton

Rachel has been the lead neonatal screening midwife at University Hospitals of Derby and Burton since April 2014. Her role includes coordination of the newborn screening programmes in line with the standards set by the UK National Screening Committee, and ensuring that all babies eligible for newborn and infant physical examination (NIPE) are identified and offered an examination. She collates and delivers reports to stakeholders at a local, regional and national level, and documents reportable conditions. She also facilitates mentorship, supervision and training for midwives who undertake NIPE examinations, and training for all staff who perform newborn blood spot screening, as well as monitoring staff performance on the quality of the samples.

Merrick
Job title: midwife
Organisation: Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Anna Merrick is a midwife at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. Anna qualified as a midwife in September 2017, having graduated with a first-class BSc from the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery at King’s College London. In January 2018, she was awarded the Jelf Medal, one of King’s most prestigious awards, in recognition of academic excellence. She writes quarterly for the RCM magazine, sharing her experiences of life as a newly qualified midwife, and was formerly the first ever midwifery editor of the Student Nursing Times.

Monteith
Job title: founder
Organisation: Grace in Action

David Monteith is the founder of charity Grace in Action, supporting parents after stillbirth. He is an actor, director and tutor/coach, and the co-founder of the long-running podcast network ‘Geek Syndicate’. David and his wife Siobhan began their journey from innocence and naivety to becoming bereaved parents when their second daughter, Grace, died in 2014. In 2015 he won the ‘Inspirational Father’ category at the Butterfly Awards, and since then has spoken on stillbirth issues all over the country. He has spoken to an audience of 6000 at a conference in Denmark, and at a march in Washington DC. He and his wife are continuing to raise awareness by establishing a charity called ‘Grace in Action’ to help parents explore life after stillbirth.

Nunn
Job title : specialist midwife – perinatal mental health, co-chair North West London
Organisation : Perinatal Mental Health Clinical Network
O’Neill
Job title: student midwife
Organisation: University of the West of Scotland

Lauren O’Neill is a student midwife at the University of the West of Scotland (UWS). She describes herself as a feminist and breastfeeding advocate who is passionate about woman-centred, holistic care. Having spent years working as a civil servant while dreaming of becoming a midwife, she finally gathered the courage to apply in 2015, successfully gaining a place at UWS. Now she is approaching the end of the second year and getting ever closer to finally achieving her dream. Among the highlights of her journey so far has been the opportunity to meet so many like-minded people and make friends for life, as well as enjoying the privilege of supporting and empowering women.

 

Pankhurst
Job title: activist and author
Organisation: Advisor CARE International

Helen Pankhurst is an activist and writer. She works in Ethiopia and in the UK as a women’s rights activist and senior advisor to the humanitarian and development agency CARE International. She is a board member of ActionAid, and a visiting professor at Manchester Metropolitan University. Helen is the great-granddaughter of Emmeline and granddaughter of Sylvia Pankhurst, leaders of the British suffragette movement and has been keeping their legacy alive including giving support to the 2015 film Suffragette, and by leading #March4Women, a march in London ahead of International Women’s Day each year. In 2018 she published Deeds not words, the story of women’s rights, then and now.

Randall
Job title: consultant midwife
Organisation : Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Wendy graduated as a nurse in Dundee and subsequently qualified as a midwife in 1996 from University of Southampton. Her Masters degree is in Public Health and Leadership. In her capacity as a midwife, she has worked in primary and secondary care but her current role is consultant midwife for normal labour and birth in Oxford. Wendy spent 2 years on the Wessex consultant midwife training programme which enhanced her development as a consultant midwife. She is passionate about the value of multi-professional team working to improve the experience of women and their families through their journey to parenthood.

Reagan
Job title: president
Organisation: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Professor Lesley Regan is head of obstetrics and gynaecology at St Mary’s Campus, Imperial College London, and the 30th president of the RCOG. In her first 18 months in post, Lesley has focused on facilitating greater collaboration between the obstetric and midwifery communities, to ensure the best possible delivery of the maternity strategy in England. She has overseen the production of a new cross-college audit for maternity – the National Maternity and Perinatal Audit – the first of its kind. Alongside the RCM, Lesley has also secured funding for the development of Each Baby Counts Learn and Support, a joint programme to reduce the rate of stillbirth, improve staff experience and create a positive culture of care.

Remmers
Job title: clinical lead
Organisation: Maternity Clinical Network

Ann is clinical lead for the Maternity Clinical Network in the South West of England, working with and supporting maternity and neonatal services and Local Maternity Systems to meet the recommendations of Better Births and the national Maternity Transformation programme. Ann previously worked for a number of years in Bristol as a Clinical Director and Director of Midwifery in NHS Trusts providing care to mothers and babies. Ann is also the clinical lead for maternal and neonatal care in the Patient Safety Collaborative at the West of England Academic Health Science Network.

Richens OBE
Job title: deputy head of maternity services , nursing directorate, professional midwifery advocate
Organisation : NHS England / University College London Hospital

Yana Richens is Deputy Head of Maternity Services NHS England and Consultant Midwife at University College London Hospital, where she practices clinically. She also holds the position of honorary lecturer at University College London, City University London, and London Southbank University; and midwifery lead for research at the Institute for Women’s Health at UCL. Yana has a PhD which explored fear of birth; her main research focus is fear and anxiety of birth, inequalities in health, public health Yana has published and presented extensively in this field.  She is Co-editor in Chief of the British Journal of Midwifery, and board member of the African Journal of Midwifery and Nursing Standard. Yana was awarded an OBE for services to nursing and midwifery in the Queens New Year’s Honors List 2011. In 2014 Yana made the Health Service Journal’s (HSJ’s) list of 100 black and ethnic (BME) communities’ pioneers. Yana was the first midwife to be awarded the prestigious Mary Seacole Fellowship and the first midwife to receive a NICE fellowship. Yana was awarded an honorary doctorate from Birmingham City University. Yana is frequently asked to speak at national and international conferences and held the position of global advisor to the Royal College of Midwives. She is founder of the FGM national clinical group which led the successful lobbying for national reporting system and Patron to the 4Louis bereavement charity.

Rogers
Job title : director
Organisation : RCM Wales

Helen trained as a nurse in Ireland prior to moving to England to undertake her midwifery training. Her professional career took her to the Channel Islands and the UK before she joined the Royal College of Midwives, first as a Regional Officer and then as Director for Wales. Helen holds a Masters of Arts in Industrial Relations from Keele University.

Her current role involves providing advice and support on professional and Trade Union issues, influencing and lobbying government and key stakeholders on midwifery and maternity related matters and promoting midwifery and midwifery services.

Through out her career Helen has been interested in people, what drives them, motivates them and how can they be encouraged and developed to reach their full potential. She has co designed and now runs a joint Leadership programme with Welsh Government and is a qualified Coach, with a particular interest in personal and team coaching.

Ross-Davie
Job title: RCM director for Scotland
Organisation: Royal College of Midwives

As RCM director for Scotland Mary leads a team that provide trade union and professional leadership for the great majority of midwives across the country. She has taken a lead role in supporting the successful implementation of midwifery continuity of carer as the central model of maternity care in Scotland and across the UK as a whole. Mary’s previous role was education project manager at NHS Education for Scotland, she has also worked as a Sure Start midwife and consultant midwife in NHS Borders, and before she moved to Scotland she spent nine years in a variety of midwifery roles in London. Mary’s key interests are reducing health inequalities, improving perinatal mental health care, developing positive midwifery leaders and supporting the implementation of evidence into practice.

Slade
Job title: professor of clinical psychology
Organisation: University of Liverpool

Pauline is professor in clinical psychology at the University of Liverpool and consultant clinical psychologist for Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, where she runs the Birth Trauma Clinic. Previously she was deputy unit director for the Clinical Psychology Unit at the University of Sheffield, where she was involved in establishing the clinical psychology training programme. She specialises in developing and evaluating psychological prevention and intervention strategies, particularly in the area of perinatal mental health. She has a specific interest in post-traumatic stress after childbirth, and the wellbeing of the maternity workforce. She has published over 100 scientific papers, and is a fellow of both the British Psychological Society and the Academy of Social Sciences.

Smith
Job title: charge midwife
Organisation: NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Christina Smith is a Charge Midwife in labour ward at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. With a passion for high quality midwifery care, Christina supports midwives and coordinates a level 3 tertiary labour ward serving approximately 6000 women a year. She took up this role in 2005 after 12 years consolidation as a staff rotational midwife. Through her passion and commitment Christina seeks out new and innovative models of care to enable women and their families to optimise their labour and birth experience

Sowe
Job title: lead midwife for vulnerable and marginalised women
Organisation: Croydon Heath services

Memuna sowe is a specialist midwife currently working in croydon health services. caseloading pregnant migrant and homeless women. Memuna is passionate about ensuring equality in maternity services, and ensuring best possible start for both mother and baby. Memuna hardwork and compassion was recognised by her local trust in 2016 where she was names as midwife of the year. She continued to work closely with both public and voluntary sectors to provide tailored individualised care for vulnerable women. This was again recognised, and recently she was crowned British journal midwife of the year 2018.

Spiby
Job title: head of division of midwifery
Organisation: University of Nottingham

Helen’s midwifery experience includes clinical practice, research, education and management in the UK. Her research interests include the organisation and content of maternity care, normal labour and birth preparation for labour, early labour, emotional wellbeing related to childbearing, and maternity workforce and midwives’ wellbeing. She has a long-standing commitment to developing research capacity in midwifery and supporting evidence-based practice, including the development, implementation and evaluation of evidence-based guidelines for midwifery care. Appointed as professor in midwifery in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Nottingham in 2011, Helen leads the school’s Maternal Health and Wellbeing Research Group and is head of the Division of Midwifery. Her external work includes membership of national and international committees and working groups.

Walsh
Job title: retired associate professor
Organisation: University of Nottingham

Though born and brought up in Queensland, Australia, Denis trained as a midwife in Leicester in the UK, and has worked in a variety of midwifery environments over the past 30 years. He recently retired from his post as associate professor in midwifery at the University of Nottingham, having just completed a major research project on midwifery units in England. He has written extensively in these areas over the last 20 years and lectures on evidence and skills for normal birth internationally. He is also the author of the bestseller Evidence-based care for normal labour and birth, now in its second edition.

Walton
Job title: chief executive
Organisation: Royal College of Midwives

Gill is a passionate midwife, experienced midwifery leader and manager. She started nursing at University College Hospital, and then undertook her Midwifery training at the Princess Anne Hospital in Southampton. She has held Director of Midwifery posts at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, Barking Havering and Redbridge, John Radcliffe in Oxford and she is currently Chief Executive of the Royal College of Midwives.

Gill has led many transformation programmes for maternity services and been involved in several national maternity related projects.

Gill has a keen interest in research, having taken an active role in setting up clinical doctorate posts within the service and supporting evidenced based practice.

Gill has been involved in national policy and strategy development, including work with the RCM, NMC and Department of Health and actively supports improvement and development in other maternity services.

Webb
Job title: specialist midwife – perineal trauma
Organisation: MASIC

Clinical academic midwife Sara is a specialist in childbirth-related perineal trauma and obstetric anal sphincter injuries (OASIS). In 2013 she was awarded a National Institute for Health Research Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship to pursue midwifery-led research into this area, and was awarded a PhD in 2017. In 2016 she was made a fellow of the RCM in recognition of her continued contribution to research and evidence-based care. She is a midwifery advisory member of the RCOG’s Pelvic Floor Clinical Skills Group, and a founding trustee of the MASIC (Mothers with Anal Sphincter Injuries in Childbirth) Foundation, a charity established to support women with anal incontinence following childbirth.

White
Job title: midwifery lecturer / researcher
Organisation: The University of Manchester

Helen is a lecturer and researcher in midwifery at the University of Manchester. Helen’s research interests lie in preterm birth and care after a previous caesarean section. Helen was previously the consultant midwife for intrapartum care at Oxford University NHS Trust having completed the consultant midwifery development programme through the, then, NHS Education South Central.

Wilson
Job title: midwife/baby steps health practitioner
Organisation: Leeds Teaching Hospital

A practising midwife since 2003, Sonia started her career at a large teaching hospital in South Yorkshire, during which time she became a transitional care midwife, an experience that highlighted her passion for caring for vulnerable women and families. In 2005 she joined The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, working as a rotational midwife and then a core member of staff on delivery suite/maternity assessment centre. She gained a masters in midwifery, completing a dissertation on domestic violence in pregnancy. She also recently graduated with a postgraduate diploma in sexual health and contraception. In 2017 she was seconded to become a Baby Steps health practitioner.

Woodward
Job title: national clinical director
Organisation: Sign up to Safety

Dr Suzette Woodward is national clinical director for the Sign up to Safety Culture Change Team, a patient safety campaign commissioned by the Department of Health and Social Care. She has spent her life working in the NHS; first as a paediatric intensive care nurse and then for the last two decades as a patient safety specialist. Suzette is also a visiting professor at the Institute of Global Innovation at Imperial College London. She has a doctorate in patient safety implementation and an MSc in clinical risk. She is an author of a book Re-thinking patient safety. Formerly Suzette was a board director for the National Patient Safety Agency and NHS Resolution.

Abbott
Job title: Senior lecturer in midwifery
Organisation: University of Hertfordshire

Laura is a senior lecturer in midwifery at the University of Hertfordshire and an RCM fellow. Her doctorate examined the experiences of pregnant women in prison: The incarcerated pregnancy: an ethnographic study of perinatal women in English prisons. She was awarded the Jean Davies Award in 2014 and Midwives Award in 2017 from The Iolanthe Midwifery Trust. Laura volunteers with the charity Birth Companions supporting perinatal women in prison, and is also the co-author of the Birth charter for pregnant women in England and Wales, published by Birth Companions in 2016. She hopes to continue to highlight the voices of pregnant women in prison.

Alba
Job title: Charge midwife
Organisation: NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Hilary Alba, a charge midwife at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, has been the team lead for the Glasgow-based Special Needs in Pregnancy Team since March 2016. As well as leading her team, she caseloads complex asylum-seekers, trafficked women and leads on female genital mutilation (FGM). Along with the Gender-Based Violence Team, Hilary designed a midwifery pathway for FGM. She works closely with the Asylum Health Bridging Team and the third sector, and is working with Red Cross to develop a bespoke parentcraft service for her clients. Hilary was one of four midwives to attend the Scottish Parliament at an RCM event representing ‘modern midwifery’. She was presented with a Queen’s Nurse Award last December.

Baston
Job title: consultant midwife: Public Health
Organisation: Sheffield teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Helen began her career as a hospital and community midwife in Sheffield after qualifying in 1987. In 1994 she took up post as practice development adviser/lecturer and, as part of this role, became a supervisor of midwives. She undertook a master’s degree in primary and community care at the University of Sheffield. She has been a lecturer in midwifery at the University of Leeds and the University of York, where she was the programme leader and lead midwife for education. Supported by a Health Foundation fellowship, she undertook doctoral research examining women’s experience of emergency caesarean. She is currently a consultant midwife in public health at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust with a remit for improving perinatal health through midwifery practice, research and education.

Bidwell
Job title: research fellow, midwife
Organisation : RCOG
Brigante
Job title: caseload midwife
Organisation: Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Lia had been working as a caseload midwife at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust providing midwife-led continuity of carer before joining the RCM as quality and standards advisor, contributing to improvement of maternity policy and midwifery practice across the UK. Lia is passionate about providing holistic women-centred care, building relationships and facilitating choices, particularly around place of birth, having extensive experience in facilitating home births. Lia has also worked as a research midwife and is currently conducting research on women’s experiences of continuity of carer (POPPIE trial) at King’s College London as part of her MSc in implementation science, supervised by Professor Jane Sandall.

Collinge
Job title: maternity bereavement service manager
Organisation: University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust

Samantha Collinge, maternity bereavement service manager at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, has held the post of bereavement support specialist midwife for 20 years. She was awarded the National Maternity Support Foundation award for Best Practice in Bereavement Care at the 2015 RCM awards for her ‘Forever Photos’ sensitive photography training initiative. Sam is head of professional standards at charity Abigail’s Footsteps, and is a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Baby Loss. She is currently co-chairing the Department of Health and Social Care’s Pregnancy loss review, examining care and support when baby loss occurs before 24 weeks’ gestation, including options to amend legislation to allow parents to register their baby’s death before that point if they so wish.

The Pregnancy Loss Review 

At the request of Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Sarah is co-chairing a review to produce a report on ‘Pregnancy Loss – Care and Support when Baby Loss Occurs Before 24 Weeks Gestation’. In particular, the report will focus on:

* The impact on families of the current threshold of 24 weeks gestation before being able, formally, to register a miscarriage if they so wish.
* Whether it would, on balance, be beneficial to look at legislative and non-legislative options to allow parents to register a miscarriage if they so wish.
* Options to improve NHS gynaecology and maternity care practice for parents who experience a miscarriage and other causes of baby loss.

Terms of Reference for the review are available at https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/pregnancy-loss-review-group.

Cooke
Job title: lecturer in midwifery
Organisation : The University of Manchester

Dr Alison Cooke is a Lecturer in Midwifery at The University of Manchester with a teaching focus on public health, research methods and evidence-based practice. Alison’s Ph.D. investigated using topical oils for the prevention and treatment of baby dry skin where Alison was Chief Investigator for the OBSeRvE (Oil in Baby Skincare) RCT. The trial tested olive oil against sunflower oil against no oil. Both oils impeded the development of baby skin barrier function and the study concluded against recommending oils to new parents to use on baby dry skin. Alison’s research interests also include advanced maternal age, safety and risk management and intrapartum care.

Corr
Job title: teaching associate
Organisation: University of Nottingham

Following a degree in sociology from Durham University and a year working as a healthcare assistant in an inner-city emergency admissions unit, Alison completed her midwifery training with Edinburgh Napier University. She began her clinical midwifery career in Nottingham University Hospitals Trust, working initially as a rotational midwife, then moving to help establish a new alongside midwifery unit. This is where her passion for research into midwife-led units began, and she has since completed an MSc in midwifery, and joined the University of Nottingham as a midwifery teaching associate in 2017, where she specialises in teaching research and social theory.

Craig
Job title: head of midwifery
Organisation: NHS Tayside

Justine Craig is chief midwife at NHS Tayside. Having started her training in 1993 in Glasgow, Justine has worked across all settings during her midwifery career; she has been a community midwife, labour suite coordinator, specialist midwife, consultant midwife and midwifery clinical manager. Her current post offers her the opportunity to develop the midwifery service in Tayside into the future. Justine has a degree from Edinburgh Napier University and postgraduate diploma in maternal and child health from the University of the West of Scotland. She was a professional adviser at the Scottish Government and a co-chair of the maternity models of care subgroup during the development of The best start: a five-year forward plan for maternity and neonatal care in Scotland.

Crisp
Job title: midwife and midwifery lecturer
Organisation: Staffordshire University

Lizzie has worked as a rotational midwife in a variety of settings within the NHS including in the community, a freestanding midwife-led unit, antenatal/postnatal, delivery suite, high dependency unit and a conjoined midwife-led unit. Currently a midwife and midwifery lecturer at Staffordshire University, she maintains midwifery practice at a busy NHS maternity unit, in order to ensure her practice is contemporary and to enable her to bring experiences into her role as a lecturer. She provides pastoral support for midwifery students and is also involved with student assessments. Her interests include women’s reproductive health, sexual health, recruitment to the preregistration midwifery course, and research.

Divall
Job title: lecturer in leadership and management
Organisation: Northumbria University

After qualifying as a midwife in 2004, Bernie worked clinically until 2009 when she was awarded a studentship from the Economic and Social Research Council and the NHS to undertake doctoral research focusing on leadership and career narratives within midwifery. From 2014, Bernie worked as a research fellow at the University of Nottingham, undertaking projects including exploring contemporary views of birth plans, and developing a local maternity service users’ research network. In June this year she took up a position as lecturer in leadership and management at Northumbria University, with a continued interest in developing future generations of midwifery leaders.

Dunnachie
Job title: lead midwife for diabetes
Organisation: NHS Ayrshire and Arran

I work in NHS Ayrshire and Arran where l have practiced as a midwife for over 20 years. I have a special interest in diabetes in pregnancy, especially gestational diabetes. By virtue of my involvement in various projects such as the NHS Education for Scotland Leadership Course, and Compassionate Connections I have been able to lead change and improve service provision for women and their families. I have undertaken postgraduate study at the University of Warwick in relation to Diabetes in Pregnancy, and I am a non-medical prescriber which is invaluable to my role.

Fisher
Job title: mother

Jane Fisher is a psychiatric nurse with first-hand experience of severe perinatal mental health problems. She spent most of her career working as a community psychiatric nurse.  After the birth of her third child, she experienced severe perinatal mental health issues herself. She went from being a mental health nurse, to a mental health patient, and began her own personal journey of recovery. After surviving this terrifying period of illness, she now uses her experience to help others, to break down stigma and raise awareness of perinatal mental illness. Jane has published articles on the subject and spends time speaking to health professionals, students and mums. Her take-home message is one of hope and recovery.

Fox
Job title: consultant midwife
Organisation : Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board

Sarah is a part time Consultant Midwife for Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board in South Wales. She loves the variety of the role and the challenge of strategically leading the drive to reduce unnecessary interventions throughout the maternity service. Sarah has also undertaken a secondment as an RCM Professional Policy Advisor – public health, focusing on the challenges of smoking in pregnancy. She is full of enthusiasm for both of these fascinating and exciting roles, one of the joys of midwifery is the diverse opportunities that are available. Sarah would encourage anyone to get in touch on sarah.fox@wales.nhs.uk.

Galvin
Job title: regional officer
Organisation: Royal College of Midwives

Lynne Galvin is a regional officer at the RCM. She started her midwifery career in 1992 as a rotational midwife. Having completed her BSc in midwifery practice, from 2000 she worked as a labour ward coordinator. Being involved in her active RCM branch since qualification, Lynne took up the role of branch secretary for three years. Her interest in representing the views of members grew and she was elected into the role of RCM steward, an office she held for 10 years. In 2011, Lynne joined the RCM Northern Team as a regional officer, and she continues in this role today.

Goodwin
Job title : lead midwife for induction
Organisation : Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Sally is currently working as lead midwife for inductions at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Having qualified in 2011, Sally has worked as a hospital midwife, community midwife and briefly as a caseload midwife. Sally is passionate about supporting women in their birth choices and optimising their experience of maternity care. Sally also has a keen interest in physiology, breech birth, wellbeing of the maternity team and human factors in healthcare.

Greenock
Job title: women and children’s directorate
Organisation: NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Joanna is the practice development midwife for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. She took up the position in 2017, following 19 years of midwifery clinical practice. With a passion for high-quality maternity education and development, she describes this role as a natural fit. Within it she has responsibility to implement, teach and support practice development initiatives, and facilitate midwifery and nursing staff to develop safe, effective, compassionate person-centered care for women, babies and their families.

Gutteridge
Job Title: President
Organisation: Royal College of Midwives

Kathryn is an established Consultant Midwife with a long history of clinical care in the NHS.  She has worked in many diverse settings including neonatal services and community midwifery care.  She is currently the Consultant Midwife and Clinical Lead for Low Risk Women at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS trust.

Passionate about women’s issues and particularly in relation to childbearing, Kathryn has a reputation for representing women’s psychological and mental wellbeing during this vulnerable stage of their lives.  Further to this Kathryn founded Sanctum Midwives; an organisation that educates, represents and challenges stigma around sexual abuse and its impact during motherhood.

The latter years Kathryn has led and promoted the ‘Your Birth in our Home’ project at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust opening the Serenity Birth Co-located Centre and Halcyon Stand-Alone Birth Centre.  These services have transformed the pathway for Low Risk women in the area and are changing the face of midwifery care for women in this region.

Professionally Kathryn has advised and participated in national policy and developing clinical excellence.  She has joined other experts in reviewing maternity services UK wide and provided future direction based on evidence and current practice ensuring women can access high quality care.

Harper
Job title: multiple births midwife
Organisation: Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust

Prior to qualifying from Leeds University as a midwife in 2003, Kathryn was a nurse for seven years, working in trauma/orthopaedics. She began her midwifery career working as a rotational midwife in Leeds, until her own experience of a multiple pregnancy motivated her to improve care for women having multiples. In 2013, working alongside the multidisciplinary team, a multiples service was set up providing continuity of care and linking the hospital with community. Kathryn continues to promote the needs of this high-risk group nationally, working for the Twins and Multiple Births Association as a consultant midwife on the Department of Health Maternity Engagement Project. She undertakes audits and advises maternity units on implementing changes to improve care.

Hooper
Job title: midwife, mother and author

Clemmie began her career as a midwife more than a decade ago in one of London’s busiest hospitals. After the birth of her second daughter she started her blog, Gas and air, where she documented life as a midwife and mother of young children, and later published birth stories, with the mothers’ consent. After announcing her third pregnancy with identical twin girls she has continued to share the ups and downs of life as a mum of four girls via Instagram as @mother_of_daughters. Her candid style has gained her more than half a million followers from around the globe. She is often featured in newspapers, magazines, and on television and radio, and is the author of How to grow a baby and push it out, and a journal to accompany the pregnancy journey.

Hussein
Job title: psychotherapist, activist, founder and co-founder of Daughters of Eve
Organisation: Dahlia Project

Leyla Hussein is a psychotherapist specialising in supporting survivors of sexual abuse, and a leading international campaigner and expert on tackling Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). She co-developed the first ever guide to support FGM survivors in therapy, and founded the Dahlia Project, the UK’s first specialist therapeutic service for FGM survivors. She created the ground-breaking Face of Defiance Project, a series of photographic portraits and interviews with FGM survivors. Leyla has been published in national media and she regularly appears in both print and broadcast as an expert commentator. Cosmopolitan Campaigner of the Year 2010, she was also included in the BBC 100 Women List in 2013, Woman’s Hour Power List 2014, and Debretts 500 as one of the UK’s most influential people.

Lavender
Job title: professor of midwifery and director of centre for global women's health
Organisation: University of Manchester

Dame Tina is professor of midwifery and director of the centre for global women’s health at the University of Manchester, a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre. Her DBE was awarded in 2012 for her commitment to developing midwifery research capacity globally. She is a visiting professor at the University of Nairobi and external examiner at the University of Malawi. Dame Tina is a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) senior investigator and is leading on an NIHR funded research group on the prevention and management of stillbirth. In 2016, she was declared as one of the BBC’s most inspirational women, for her global work. She is co-editor in chief of the British Journal of Midwifery and associate editor and founder of the African Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health.

McLean
Job title: neonatal screening specialist midwife
Organisation: University Hospitals of Derby and Burton

Rachel has been the lead neonatal screening midwife at University Hospitals of Derby and Burton since April 2014. Her role includes coordination of the newborn screening programmes in line with the standards set by the UK National Screening Committee, and ensuring that all babies eligible for newborn and infant physical examination (NIPE) are identified and offered an examination. She collates and delivers reports to stakeholders at a local, regional and national level, and documents reportable conditions. She also facilitates mentorship, supervision and training for midwives who undertake NIPE examinations, and training for all staff who perform newborn blood spot screening, as well as monitoring staff performance on the quality of the samples.

Walsh
Job title: retired associate professor
Organisation: University of Nottingham

Though born and brought up in Queensland, Australia, Denis trained as a midwife in Leicester in the UK, and has worked in a variety of midwifery environments over the past 30 years. He recently retired from his post as associate professor in midwifery at the University of Nottingham, having just completed a major research project on midwifery units in England. He has written extensively in these areas over the last 20 years and lectures on evidence and skills for normal birth internationally. He is also the author of the bestseller Evidence-based care for normal labour and birth, now in its second edition.

Jackson
Job title: midwife and midwifery lecturer
Organisation: Staffordshire University

Currently the lead midwife for education at Staffordshire University, Susan has worked in the midwifery and nursing health professions since 1980, and maintains a small clinical practice within the contraception and sexual health arena. Susan contributes to and develops both the undergraduate and postgraduate portfolio within the School of Health and Social Care. In addition, she is actively involved in research projects and collaborative working with partner organisations, which includes acute and community health trusts and professional bodies. Her research interests include teaching and learning, and medical ethics and law. She also has an interest in reflexology and aromatherapy.

Janiszewski
Job title: midwife researcher
Organisation: Coventry University & Nottingham University Hospitals

Helen, a midwife researcher at Coventry University and Nottingham University Hospitals, has been a midwife for 15 years. She has progressed her career with a number of specialist, managerial and leadership roles, including specialist perinatal mental health midwife, deputy ward sister, maternity ward sister and maternity matron. Helen has successfully implemented patient safety initiatives, including reducing baby falls in the maternity unit, and disseminated this work worldwide. In 2017 she successfully secured a Health Education England/National Institute for Health Research masters in clinical research at Coventry University, and will shortly begin a PhD. Her research interest is the experiences of pregnancy of women living with inflammatory bowel disease.

Jenkins
Job title: midwife
Organisation: Isle of Wight NHS Trust

On qualifying in 1999 Elinor started her midwifery career on the Isle of Wight. She moved to New Zealand to take up a caseloading role in 2003, and on her return in 2007 joined Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, where she took on the additional roles of supervisor of midwives and research midwife. In 2015 she became a research manager and clinical lead for research on the Isle of Wight, where she remained for two years. She was awarded a doctorate in clinical practice (midwifery) in March 2016 for the completion of research into midwives’ information behaviour. She is currently a midwife and midwifery researcher on the Isle of Wight.

Jenks
Job title: student midwife
Organisation: University of West London

Rosie Jenks is a third-year midwifery student at the University of West London. She completed the Council of Deans Student Leadership Programme in 2017, a programme designed to develop leadership in future healthcare professionals. It aimed to raise 150 leaders among midwives, nurses and allied health professionals through a series of workshops, conferences and a mentorship programme. It was through taking part in this that she was encouraged to run as one of the four England representatives for the RCM’s Student Midwives Forum and was elected to the role in December last year. This is her first time at the RCM annual conference.

Johnson
Job title: RCM professional advisor education
Organisation: Royal College of Midwives

 

 

Gail has been at the Royal College of Midwives since 2005. Her post involves a full range of education and continuing professional development activities, which support midwives and maternity staff in their roles.

She leads the development and delivery of the RCM Leadership portfolio, supporting midwives to achieve their true potential as leaders of the  profession both at a national and international level. A recent initiative for labour ward leaders was shortlisted for HSJ award.

Gail is the professional lead on RCM i-learn, a resource with over 110 modules currently used by over 19000 members.

Gail co-edited Mayes’ Midwifery a comprehensive textbook for midwives.

She was recently made an honorary Fellow of RCM.

Jones
Job title: midwife
Organisation: Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Alison qualified as a midwife in 2000. Since then she has worked in many areas of maternity including a standalone midwifery led unit from 2005 to 2017 and is now the ward sister for delivery suite. She branched out into supervision of midwifery in 2015 where she could embrace her passion for supporting midwives, she believes in leading by example and ensuring the staff, women and their families feel valued and supported. With the support from her Head of Midwifery and through her commitment to the profession, her work now includes presenting sessions to first year student midwives in Cardiff University.

Kasliwal
Job title: president
Organisation: Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health

Dr Asha Kasliwal is the president of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH). She is also a consultant in community gynaecology and sexual and reproductive health, and lead for the citywide Manchester service. Asha graduated in Mumbai, India, and worked in Oman before moving to the UK in 1995. She was an overseas doctors’ representative on the RCOG trainees committee. At the FSRH, she was chair of the Clinical Standards Committee and vice president for clinical quality. She was involved in publication of the NICE quality standards for contraceptive services. Asha has driven an ambitious modernisation programme in Manchester, which showcases multidisciplinary working with medical support to extend the role of nurses.

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
Job title: specialist midwife for perinatal mental health
Organisation: Kings College NHS Foundation Trust

Daisy had wanted to be a midwife for as long as she can remember. She undertook her midwifery training in the Midlands, completing a dissertation entitled ‘Exploring Spirituality in Midwifery Practice’. Since qualifying in 2007, she has worked at three large London hospitals, providing midwifery care to a diverse population. Since having her own two daughters, Daisy became keen to focus her experience on supporting women with mental health needs in the perinatal period. Since 2016, Daisy has provided specialist midwifery care alongside an award winning perinatal mental health team, for women in London’s biggest borough.

Kirtley
Job title: midwifery mentorship facilitator
Organisation: Cardiff and Vale UHB

Nerys Kirtley is a midwife within an alongside midwifery unit, providing all aspects of midwifery care. She has recently gained a PGCE and is currently undertaking an MSC in advanced practice. Nerys also holds an additional role as midwifery mentorship facilitator for Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, supporting mentors and student midwives in practice. Last year she led a project called ‘Prep for Practice’ to support newly qualified midwives (NQMs), and she hopes to share her project’s success in creating a more positive and supportive experience during what can be a difficult transitional period as NQMs start out in their midwifery careers.

Lambert
Job title: head of midwifery/consultant midwife
Organisation : NHS Highland

As consultant midwife Jaki supports 5 feestanding maternity units to offer relationship based care to the women and families of Argyll and Bute , a remote and rural area of Scotland. She undertook this study supported by the wellbeing of women foundation , the RCM and the Burnett trust while seconded to the post of senior research associate with the CENTRE FOR MATERNAL AND NEWBORN HEALTH at the Liverpool School of Tropical medicine . Currently working as Head of Midwifery for NHS highland she is exited to be taking up the post of professional advisor for midwofery and perinatal care at the Scottish government.

Macrory
Job title: freelance consultant

Faye Macrory is a retired consultant midwife and freelance consultant. She was appointed as consultant midwife in April 2001. Based in the community and using a multi-agency approach, she developed the Manchester Specialist Midwifery Service, a city-wide service for women with problematic drug/alcohol use and mental health issues, which also coordinated the screening and care for HIV-positive pregnant women. As trust lead for domestic violence/abuse, she also developed the role of independent domestic violence advisor, now based in antenatal care. Among her awards Faye received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the British Journal of Midwifery (BJM) Practice Awards in 2014, and first prize for the contribution to the eradication of female genital mutilation at the BJM awards in 2015.

Mazzocchi
Job title: quality improvement and assurance midwife
Organisation: Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospital Trust

Elita qualified as a midwife in Italy in 2010 and came to England the following year, starting work as a rotational midwife at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust. Elita was appointed to the audit midwife position within the Maternity Clinical Governance Team, and during this period completed the supervisor of midwives course and was appointed to the role. She maintains her clinical skills, doing regular shifts and, since 2015, working as labour ward coordinator. She has also spent time seconded to the position of clinical lead for maternity in the high dependency unit and obstetric theatres. Her current role is quality improvement and assurance midwife, where her work includes scoping new ways of working, reviewing existing systems and processes, and evaluating and facilitating changes.

McEwan
Job title: lecturer in midwifery
Organisation: University of the West of Scotland

Tom is currently a lecturer in midwifery and doctoral student at the University of the West of Scotland, and has been a midwife for 19 years. He delivers high-quality education to both undergraduate and postgraduate students in maternal and newborn health and care. He also works clinically as an honorary advanced neonatal nurse practitioner within several local maternity and neonatal units. He has undertaken research into many aspects of neonatal care, and was recently a contributing author to a leading midwifery textbook Physiology in childbearing (fourth edition). His areas of academic interest include mentorship, breastfeeding, neonatal care and transitional care.

McKeown
Job title: lead midwife for community midwifery and public health
Organisation: Northern Health and Social Care Trust

Brigid has close two four decades’ midwifery experience, including 10 years in her current role as lead midwife for community midwifery and public health in the Northern Health and Social Care Trust, Northern Ireland. Previous roles include community midwifery manager, supervisor of midwives and local supervising authority midwifery officer. She is committed to supporting midwives and managers to provide the best care for service users, for example after recognising the challenges facing midwifery as many experienced midwives plan their retirement, she has implemented an innovative Succession Planning Programme to help motivate and encourage midwifery leaders of the future.

Merrick
Job title: midwife
Organisation: Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Anna Merrick is a midwife at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. Anna qualified as a midwife in September 2017, having graduated with a first-class BSc from the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery at King’s College London. In January 2018, she was awarded the Jelf Medal, one of King’s most prestigious awards, in recognition of academic excellence. She writes quarterly for the RCM magazine, sharing her experiences of life as a newly qualified midwife, and was formerly the first ever midwifery editor of the Student Nursing Times.

Monteith
Job title: founder
Organisation: Grace in Action

David Monteith is the founder of charity Grace in Action, supporting parents after stillbirth. He is an actor, director and tutor/coach, and the co-founder of the long-running podcast network ‘Geek Syndicate’. David and his wife Siobhan began their journey from innocence and naivety to becoming bereaved parents when their second daughter, Grace, died in 2014. In 2015 he won the ‘Inspirational Father’ category at the Butterfly Awards, and since then has spoken on stillbirth issues all over the country. He has spoken to an audience of 6000 at a conference in Denmark, and at a march in Washington DC. He and his wife are continuing to raise awareness by establishing a charity called ‘Grace in Action’ to help parents explore life after stillbirth.

Nunn
Job title : specialist midwife – perinatal mental health, co-chair North West London
Organisation : Perinatal Mental Health Clinical Network
O’Neill
Job title: student midwife
Organisation: University of the West of Scotland

Lauren O’Neill is a student midwife at the University of the West of Scotland (UWS). She describes herself as a feminist and breastfeeding advocate who is passionate about woman-centred, holistic care. Having spent years working as a civil servant while dreaming of becoming a midwife, she finally gathered the courage to apply in 2015, successfully gaining a place at UWS. Now she is approaching the end of the second year and getting ever closer to finally achieving her dream. Among the highlights of her journey so far has been the opportunity to meet so many like-minded people and make friends for life, as well as enjoying the privilege of supporting and empowering women.

 

Pankhurst
Job title: activist and author
Organisation: Advisor CARE International

Helen Pankhurst is an activist and writer. She works in Ethiopia and in the UK as a women’s rights activist and senior advisor to the humanitarian and development agency CARE International. She is a board member of ActionAid, and a visiting professor at Manchester Metropolitan University. Helen is the great-granddaughter of Emmeline and granddaughter of Sylvia Pankhurst, leaders of the British suffragette movement and has been keeping their legacy alive including giving support to the 2015 film Suffragette, and by leading #March4Women, a march in London ahead of International Women’s Day each year. In 2018 she published Deeds not words, the story of women’s rights, then and now.

Randall
Job title: consultant midwife
Organisation : Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Wendy graduated as a nurse in Dundee and subsequently qualified as a midwife in 1996 from University of Southampton. Her Masters degree is in Public Health and Leadership. In her capacity as a midwife, she has worked in primary and secondary care but her current role is consultant midwife for normal labour and birth in Oxford. Wendy spent 2 years on the Wessex consultant midwife training programme which enhanced her development as a consultant midwife. She is passionate about the value of multi-professional team working to improve the experience of women and their families through their journey to parenthood.

Reagan
Job title: president
Organisation: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Professor Lesley Regan is head of obstetrics and gynaecology at St Mary’s Campus, Imperial College London, and the 30th president of the RCOG. In her first 18 months in post, Lesley has focused on facilitating greater collaboration between the obstetric and midwifery communities, to ensure the best possible delivery of the maternity strategy in England. She has overseen the production of a new cross-college audit for maternity – the National Maternity and Perinatal Audit – the first of its kind. Alongside the RCM, Lesley has also secured funding for the development of Each Baby Counts Learn and Support, a joint programme to reduce the rate of stillbirth, improve staff experience and create a positive culture of care.

Remmers
Job title: clinical lead
Organisation: Maternity Clinical Network

Ann is clinical lead for the Maternity Clinical Network in the South West of England, working with and supporting maternity and neonatal services and Local Maternity Systems to meet the recommendations of Better Births and the national Maternity Transformation programme. Ann previously worked for a number of years in Bristol as a Clinical Director and Director of Midwifery in NHS Trusts providing care to mothers and babies. Ann is also the clinical lead for maternal and neonatal care in the Patient Safety Collaborative at the West of England Academic Health Science Network.

Richens OBE
Job title: deputy head of maternity services , nursing directorate, professional midwifery advocate
Organisation : NHS England / University College London Hospital

Yana Richens is Deputy Head of Maternity Services NHS England and Consultant Midwife at University College London Hospital, where she practices clinically. She also holds the position of honorary lecturer at University College London, City University London, and London Southbank University; and midwifery lead for research at the Institute for Women’s Health at UCL. Yana has a PhD which explored fear of birth; her main research focus is fear and anxiety of birth, inequalities in health, public health Yana has published and presented extensively in this field.  She is Co-editor in Chief of the British Journal of Midwifery, and board member of the African Journal of Midwifery and Nursing Standard. Yana was awarded an OBE for services to nursing and midwifery in the Queens New Year’s Honors List 2011. In 2014 Yana made the Health Service Journal’s (HSJ’s) list of 100 black and ethnic (BME) communities’ pioneers. Yana was the first midwife to be awarded the prestigious Mary Seacole Fellowship and the first midwife to receive a NICE fellowship. Yana was awarded an honorary doctorate from Birmingham City University. Yana is frequently asked to speak at national and international conferences and held the position of global advisor to the Royal College of Midwives. She is founder of the FGM national clinical group which led the successful lobbying for national reporting system and Patron to the 4Louis bereavement charity.

Rogers
Job title : director
Organisation : RCM Wales

Helen trained as a nurse in Ireland prior to moving to England to undertake her midwifery training. Her professional career took her to the Channel Islands and the UK before she joined the Royal College of Midwives, first as a Regional Officer and then as Director for Wales. Helen holds a Masters of Arts in Industrial Relations from Keele University.

Her current role involves providing advice and support on professional and Trade Union issues, influencing and lobbying government and key stakeholders on midwifery and maternity related matters and promoting midwifery and midwifery services.

Through out her career Helen has been interested in people, what drives them, motivates them and how can they be encouraged and developed to reach their full potential. She has co designed and now runs a joint Leadership programme with Welsh Government and is a qualified Coach, with a particular interest in personal and team coaching.

Ross-Davie
Job title: RCM director for Scotland
Organisation: Royal College of Midwives

As RCM director for Scotland Mary leads a team that provide trade union and professional leadership for the great majority of midwives across the country. She has taken a lead role in supporting the successful implementation of midwifery continuity of carer as the central model of maternity care in Scotland and across the UK as a whole. Mary’s previous role was education project manager at NHS Education for Scotland, she has also worked as a Sure Start midwife and consultant midwife in NHS Borders, and before she moved to Scotland she spent nine years in a variety of midwifery roles in London. Mary’s key interests are reducing health inequalities, improving perinatal mental health care, developing positive midwifery leaders and supporting the implementation of evidence into practice.

Slade
Job title: professor of clinical psychology
Organisation: University of Liverpool

Pauline is professor in clinical psychology at the University of Liverpool and consultant clinical psychologist for Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, where she runs the Birth Trauma Clinic. Previously she was deputy unit director for the Clinical Psychology Unit at the University of Sheffield, where she was involved in establishing the clinical psychology training programme. She specialises in developing and evaluating psychological prevention and intervention strategies, particularly in the area of perinatal mental health. She has a specific interest in post-traumatic stress after childbirth, and the wellbeing of the maternity workforce. She has published over 100 scientific papers, and is a fellow of both the British Psychological Society and the Academy of Social Sciences.

Smith
Job title: charge midwife
Organisation: NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Christina Smith is a Charge Midwife in labour ward at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. With a passion for high quality midwifery care, Christina supports midwives and coordinates a level 3 tertiary labour ward serving approximately 6000 women a year. She took up this role in 2005 after 12 years consolidation as a staff rotational midwife. Through her passion and commitment Christina seeks out new and innovative models of care to enable women and their families to optimise their labour and birth experience

Sowe
Job title: lead midwife for vulnerable and marginalised women
Organisation: Croydon Heath services

Memuna sowe is a specialist midwife currently working in croydon health services. caseloading pregnant migrant and homeless women. Memuna is passionate about ensuring equality in maternity services, and ensuring best possible start for both mother and baby. Memuna hardwork and compassion was recognised by her local trust in 2016 where she was names as midwife of the year. She continued to work closely with both public and voluntary sectors to provide tailored individualised care for vulnerable women. This was again recognised, and recently she was crowned British journal midwife of the year 2018.

Spiby
Job title: head of division of midwifery
Organisation: University of Nottingham

Helen’s midwifery experience includes clinical practice, research, education and management in the UK. Her research interests include the organisation and content of maternity care, normal labour and birth preparation for labour, early labour, emotional wellbeing related to childbearing, and maternity workforce and midwives’ wellbeing. She has a long-standing commitment to developing research capacity in midwifery and supporting evidence-based practice, including the development, implementation and evaluation of evidence-based guidelines for midwifery care. Appointed as professor in midwifery in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Nottingham in 2011, Helen leads the school’s Maternal Health and Wellbeing Research Group and is head of the Division of Midwifery. Her external work includes membership of national and international committees and working groups.

Walton
Job title: chief executive
Organisation: Royal College of Midwives

Gill is a passionate midwife, experienced midwifery leader and manager. She started nursing at University College Hospital, and then undertook her Midwifery training at the Princess Anne Hospital in Southampton. She has held Director of Midwifery posts at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, Barking Havering and Redbridge, John Radcliffe in Oxford and she is currently Chief Executive of the Royal College of Midwives.

Gill has led many transformation programmes for maternity services and been involved in several national maternity related projects.

Gill has a keen interest in research, having taken an active role in setting up clinical doctorate posts within the service and supporting evidenced based practice.

Gill has been involved in national policy and strategy development, including work with the RCM, NMC and Department of Health and actively supports improvement and development in other maternity services.

Webb
Job title: specialist midwife – perineal trauma
Organisation: MASIC

Clinical academic midwife Sara is a specialist in childbirth-related perineal trauma and obstetric anal sphincter injuries (OASIS). In 2013 she was awarded a National Institute for Health Research Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship to pursue midwifery-led research into this area, and was awarded a PhD in 2017. In 2016 she was made a fellow of the RCM in recognition of her continued contribution to research and evidence-based care. She is a midwifery advisory member of the RCOG’s Pelvic Floor Clinical Skills Group, and a founding trustee of the MASIC (Mothers with Anal Sphincter Injuries in Childbirth) Foundation, a charity established to support women with anal incontinence following childbirth.

White
Job title: midwifery lecturer / researcher
Organisation: The University of Manchester

Helen is a lecturer and researcher in midwifery at the University of Manchester. Helen’s research interests lie in preterm birth and care after a previous caesarean section. Helen was previously the consultant midwife for intrapartum care at Oxford University NHS Trust having completed the consultant midwifery development programme through the, then, NHS Education South Central.

Wilson
Job title: midwife/baby steps health practitioner
Organisation: Leeds Teaching Hospital

A practising midwife since 2003, Sonia started her career at a large teaching hospital in South Yorkshire, during which time she became a transitional care midwife, an experience that highlighted her passion for caring for vulnerable women and families. In 2005 she joined The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, working as a rotational midwife and then a core member of staff on delivery suite/maternity assessment centre. She gained a masters in midwifery, completing a dissertation on domestic violence in pregnancy. She also recently graduated with a postgraduate diploma in sexual health and contraception. In 2017 she was seconded to become a Baby Steps health practitioner.

Woodward
Job title: national clinical director
Organisation: Sign up to Safety

Dr Suzette Woodward is national clinical director for the Sign up to Safety Culture Change Team, a patient safety campaign commissioned by the Department of Health and Social Care. She has spent her life working in the NHS; first as a paediatric intensive care nurse and then for the last two decades as a patient safety specialist. Suzette is also a visiting professor at the Institute of Global Innovation at Imperial College London. She has a doctorate in patient safety implementation and an MSc in clinical risk. She is an author of a book Re-thinking patient safety. Formerly Suzette was a board director for the National Patient Safety Agency and NHS Resolution.