Please see below the speakers for each event
A nurse and midwife by background with over 18 years of experience in all areas of Midwifery. She is also an experienced Senior Manager who left the NHS as a Midwifery Manager. A specialist advisor to the American Pregnancy Association, reviewer of ethnicity health journals and provides consultancy to a number of pregnancy organisations in Africa and Asia. Sarah is also the Clinical Skills Manager at Middlesex University and the pioneer of introducing Augmented Reality in Midwifery Education. Sarah won the Mary Seacole Award in 2018 and her work has seen her win 11 health awards successively including being given the Queens Nurse Title and recently becoming a Fellow of the Royal College of Midwives for her important role in shaping the future of nursing and Midwifery. Her work has greatly highlighted the health disparities and her recommendations have featured internationally across over 8 countries.
Dr. Alison Cooke
Lecturer in Midwifery (Teaching and Research)
The University of Manchester
Alison is a Midwifery Lecturer at The University of Manchester. Her Ph.D., awarded in 2015 and funded by a National Institute for Health Research Doctoral Research Fellowship, investigated the impact of using topical oils on baby dry skin inspired by her work as a community and Parent Education midwife. This research changed practice and led to a larger programme of baby skin care research commissioned by the Royal College of Midwives. Alison's research interests also include advanced maternal age, maternal obesity and intrapartum care. Her overriding passion is to strive for evidence-based improvement in maternal and fetal care and well-being.
NIHR / HEE Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellow
Kingston University and St. George's, University of London
Joanne is a Midwife at Croydon University Hospital, a Lecturer at Kingston University and St. George's, University of London and a Health Education England / National Institute of Health Research Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellow. Joanne is currently undertaking an MSc in Implementation Science at King's College London and preparing a PhD application. Her interests are respectful maternity care and staff wellbeing, and her PhD is likely to focus on the experiences of agency midwives in the UK.
Dr. Kerry Evans
Clinical Academic Midwife
University of Nottingham, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
Kerry is a registered midwife (since 2004), with experience in clinical practice and research. Kerry worked as a lecturer practitioner before completing her PhD with the University of Nottingham in April 2018. Kerry’s PhD was funded by a Wellbeing of Women and RCM Doctoral Training award. Following her PhD, Kerry has taken a post as a research associate with the University of Nottingham School of Health Sciences and was awarded a NIHR/HEE Gold Postdoctoral Fellowship. Kerry also works as a Project Lead with the Institute of Nursing and Midwifery Care Excellence at NUH and the Local Maternity and Neonatal System.
Dr. Annie Lau
School of Nursing and Midwifery, Robert Gordon University
Dr Annie Lau, a midwifery lecturer/researcher at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Robert Gordon University. She is a registered midwife, registered teacher at the Nursing and Midwifery Council and a Fellow at the Higher Education Academy. She received her Doctor of Philosophy from University of Edinburgh. Her current role involves research and teaching pre-registration midwifery students, supervising Master in Research and PhD students. Dr Annie Lau research interest focuses on maternity care services for vulnerable women; experiences of minority ethnic groups; models of midwifery care and midwifery education. Her current research experience includes qualitative methodology and mixed methods.
Dame Tina Lavender
Professor of Midwifery and Director of Centre for Global Women's Health
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 commitment to developing midwifery capacity, globally. She holds an honorary contract at St Mary’s Hospital, Manchester. She is a Visiting Professor at the University of Nairobi. Dame Tina is Associate Editor (and founder) of the African Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health. Dame Tina is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Midwives. She is an active member of the Global Women’s Health Society (GLOW) and a regular advisor to the World Health Organization. Dame Tina leads a programme of research, Midwifery and Women's Health; a multi-disciplinary programme whose members conduct research in low and high income settings, related to the whole continuum of maternity care. Dame Tina’s main research area is intrapartum care, with a particular focus on the prevention of maternal and perinatal mortality and morbidity. She is Director of an NIHR Research Group, leading a large programme grant on the prevention and management of stillbirth, in six countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. In 2014 Dame Tina was awarded Faculty Researcher of the Year, which she received at the Universities Distinguished service award event. In 2016, she was declared as one of BBC’s most inspirational women, for her global work. In 2018 she became a Senior NIHR Investigator.
North Bristol NHS Trust
Mary Lynch, RGN, RM, BSc (Hons), is a Delivery Suite Midwife at Southmead Hospital, Bristol, UK and a Research Midwife affiliated with the University of Bristol & Southmead Hospital.
She has been involved in assessing the feasibility of integrating parental input into the perinatal mortality review process (PARENTS study - funded by the Health Foundation). This research informed a new national bereavement care pathway and Perinatal Mortality Review Tool (PMRT). Mary is also a collaborator in a National Institute for Health Research project to develop a Core Outcome Set (COS) for interventions after stillbirth. She has also been closely involved in developing a set of Global Principles for Stillbirth in Low and Middle-income countries
She is the Lead Midwife supporting Philippines PROMPT (Practical Obstetrics Multi-Professional Training) since 2015. PROMPT is an evidence based multi-professional training package for obstetric emergencies. It is associated with direct improvements in perinatal outcome and has been proven to improve knowledge, clinical skills and team working. She is part of PROMPT faculty delivering training nationally.
In collaboration with the University of Bristol’s pump priming grant she has been involved in improving antenatal care in Nepal. Currently Mary’s research focus is improving antenatal care preparation for labour; the ACE study.
Mary is also involved in reviewing cases for the RCOG Each Baby Counts Programme.
Dr. Sarah Norris
Lead Midwife for Education
Sarah has been in Midwifery Education for 15 years and involved in both pre-registration and post registration students. She achieved her PhD in 2016 and became Lead Midwife for Education (LME) and Associate Professor in the same year. Since then she has led a fantastic team of Midwifery Educators at Swansea University, South Wales. Her particular area of research interest lies in the experience of midwifery students and newly qualified midwives, she has presented papers on her research at national and international conferences. Sarah has also contributed to the development work for the NMC Future Midwife standards for midwifery education.
NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow
King's College London
Hannah Rayment-Jones is a midwife in the final year of a full time, NIHR funded PhD, researching how maternity care can improve clinical outcomes and experiences for women with social risk factors. Hannah has worked in a range of clinical midwifery settings, including the award-winning caseload team at Imperial College NHS Trust, providing continuity of care for socially vulnerable families and a successful homebirth service. Her research interests focus on improving perinatal morbidity, mortality, and clinical care experiences for women with low socioeconomic status and those living socially complex lives. She is committed to ensuring the patient voice is heard in the research, design and delivery of clinical care.
Lecturer in Midwifery
University of Bedfordshire
Anna is Registered Midwife and Lecturer at the University of Bedfordshire. Anna’s midwifery roles have included the provision of intrapartum care both at home and in hospital, antenatal and postnatal care, community midwifery, practice development and in her last clinical role before entering education, established a team of midwives providing a dedicated Home Birth service. Anna is a passionate advocate for choice, autonomy and agency in childbearing, evidence based midwifery and obstetrics and supporting physiological childbirth processes. Her research interests focus on the experiences of and care planning for women with complex needs making choices outside of normative expectations.
Professor Marlene Sinclair
Professor of Midwifery Research
Marlene is Head of the Maternal, Fetal and Infant Research Centre, Ulster University and Founder/ President of the Doctoral Midwifery Research Society.
In 2019, she was awarded the British Journal of Midwifery Lifetime Achievement Award for Midwifery Research.
In 2011, Marlene and Professor Ros Bryar published the second edition of the only midwifery theory book in the world (“Theory for Midwifery Practice”).
She was awarded the first Personal Chair for Midwifery research in Ireland in 2006.
In 2001, Marlene was instrumental in the launch of the RCMs research journal “Evidence Based Midwifery”.
She has taken 25 PhD students to completion.
Perinatal Specialist Midwife
Mid Yorkshire Hospital Trust
Rebecca has worked as Perinatal Specialist Midwife since May 2018 and Perinatal mental health champion for one year previously. She has experience of teaching in adult education for ten years and providing antenatal education within her trust. Rebecca's work since 2018 has mainly included providing tokophobia support and developing a pathway, birth debrief clinics combined with mental health assessment and support, training and guidance for maternity staff and developing strong links between maternity and mental health services. The combination of experience naturally led to her developing a programme that provides perinatal anxiety and low mood support with antenatal education.
Jane Sandall CBE
Professor of Social Science and Women's Health
King's College, London
Jane Sandall has an academic background in social science. She is one of three midwives in the UK who are NIHR Senior Investigators and is an RCM Honorary Fellow. She worked clinically for 15 years as a nurse, health visitor and midwife including working as a midwife for Malawi. Her degree study was supported by her NHS employer and her PhD was funded through a DH Fellowship, both opportunities were life changing.
Her research has looked at the organisation and outcome of birth in different settings, efficient use of the maternity workforce and impact on outcomes, the management of escalation of care in acute medical and maternity settings. Current research looks at the effectiveness and implementation of complex interventions. For example: CRADLE, a cluster trial of an vital signs device to detect shock and hypertension in low income countries, maternal health system strengthening in Ethiopia, engagement by patients and families in their own safety, implementation of open disclosure in perinatal care, a pilot trial of midwife continuity of care may for women at higher risk of preterm birth and models of care improving outcomes and experience for BAME women and those living in social disadvantage.
Her research findings have informed UK US, Brazilian, Irish and Australian reviews of maternity services and guidelines. She is currently an advisor to NHSE, WHO and sits on NIHR and MRC grant panels.
Research Matron Reproductive Health & Childbirth
Guys & St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust
Claire is Reproductive Health & Childbirth Research Champion for London South CRN, and is Vice Chair for the Champion’s Committee Group. Claire is the Research Matron in the Department of Women and Children’s Health and is employed by Guys & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, in this role has oversight of all the clinical trials undertaken with the RH&C specialty and currently manages a large local team at GSTFT. In her role of Champion she supports the flexible delivery midwives in their support of the Trusts across London South. Claire qualified as a midwife in 2000, and has worked within Women’s Health research for over 10 years.
Hannah Slack and Beatrice Bennett
University of Nottingham
Hannah and Beatrice are both third year student midwives, studying at the University of Nottingham, and are enjoying their courses so far. Hannah attended a previous university before beginning her training and is passionate about the welfare of healthcare staff. Beatrice came straight from A-Levels and holds a strong feminist viewpoint. They love advocating for women and furthering the evidence-base that the body practices against. As second years, they were competitively selected across the cohorts to be co-researchers in a CASCADE Grant funded research project and have loved being able to take on the responsibility.
CRN NENC Lead Midwife and Chair of The Reproductive Health & Childbirth National Research Champion Group.
NIHR CRN North East & North Cumbria (NENC)
Fiona provides professional support and strategic leadership to the clinical research delivery workforce. She has a specific interest in the support and development of Nurses, Midwives and Allied Health Professionals who are pursuing careers across the clinical research delivery landscape. Fiona is well equipped for the challenge and boasts extensive clinical experience as both a Nurse and Midwife. She has excellent communication and negotiation skills, with a proven track record of successfully delivering clinical research across boundaries. Her networking abilities are well known both locally and nationally and have been essential to the success of several key themes of work.