Dr Sally Pezaro is a lecturer in health research, and an editorial board member of the British Journal of Midwifery and the International Journal of Childbirth. She is also a member of the Mary Seacole Awards steering group funded by Health Education England and ‘The Academic Midwife’ on Facebook. Sally has experience working as a midwife clinically in the United Kingdom, the Gambia and Ethiopia. Reflecting on her own experiences, Sally has developed a passion for supporting the psychological wellbeing of health care professionals. Throughout her PhD work, Sally secured the case for developing an online intervention, designed to primarily support midwives in work-related psychological distress. The overriding vision for Sally’s ongoing research is to secure a psychologically safe professional journey for midwives and excellence in maternity care. Her latest work focuses upon improving maternity care for women with hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (hEDS) in particular. Follow her on Twitter (@SallyPezaro).
Pete is the founder and CEO of the charity Mummy’s Star, set up in 2013 in memory of his wife Mair, to offer support to women diagnosed with cancer during pregnancy or within 12 months of having a baby.
He is passionate about ensuring that women are given all the normal choices in pregnancy that they would have without their diagnosis and works with hospitals and cancer centres nationwide to help improve knowledge about this area, sharing case studies and the various examples of good practice that help the families they support on a day to day basis. He also works to raise awareness of men’s/father’s mental health, especially in a setting of caring for a sick partner or in loss and to try and break down societal presumptions about fathers.
Professor Debbie Carrick-Sen
Professor of Nursing and Midwifery
University of Birmingham
Debbie is a Florence Nightingale Foundation Chair in Clinical Nursing and Midwifery at University of Birmingham and University Hospitals Birmingham. She is a Guest Professor for HUST University, Wuhan, China. Her research interests include maternal health, particularly birth trauma and perinatal mental health and organisation development of clinical academic roles. Debbie has research expertise in mixed methodologies including the development and execution of randomised controlled trials and creative qualitative methods including poetic narrative story telling.
She is a chairing panel member of the NIHR ICA Doctorate Fellowship Awards, the NIHR Nursing and Midwifery Incubator Group and the NIHR Implementing Clinical Academic Roles Group. She is a member of the editorial board on the British Journal of Midwifery and the Journal of International Practice. She has a strong profile for the attainment of NIHR funding and a growing number of high-quality publications. She previously developed the first Masters’ Programme in Clinical Research and Leadership. She is the founder of the UK Nursing, Midwifery and AHP (NMAHP) Clinical Academic Roles Group and chairs the AUKUH National NMAHP Clinical Academic Role Implementation Network.
Former Director for England
Royal College of Midwives
Jacque Gerrard is the former Royal College of Midwives’ (RCM) Director for England now working freelance in a midwife consultancy capacity. She led on the RCM’s professional agenda and the Maternity Transformation Programme at RCM. Jacque has 40 years 0f nursing and midwifery experience as a clinician, manager and professional leader.
Jacque is a patron of Mummy’s Star, a charity supporting pregnancy in cancer, and she is the Patron of the Sheffield charity Forging Families. She is an ambassador for the Mariposa Trust “Saying Goodbye” and a Trustee for the Iolanthe midwifery Trust. She is also a member of the BJM editorial board.
Senior Midwife & Lead, Breech Team
Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Laura Abbott
Senior Lecturer in Midwifery
The University of Hertfordshire
Dr Laura Abbott is a Senior Lecturer in Midwifery at The University of Hertfordshire and a Fellow of the Royal College of Midwives. Laura’s doctorate examined the experiences of pregnant women in prison: The Incarcerated Pregnancy: An Ethnographic Study of Perinatal Women in English Prisons. Laura volunteers with the charity Birth Companions and co-authored The Birth Charter for pregnant women in England and Wales published by Birth Companions in May 2016. Laura hopes to continue to highlight the issues facing women, campaigning for the recommendations arising from her research to be actioned, meaning change on the ground for pregnant women and new mothers in prison.