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Meet the new RCM Board

Midwives magazine: Issue 6 :: 2011

After weeks of voting, the names of the new RCM board members have been announced and a new chapter in the RCM’s governance begins. Here are the select 12...


New RCM Board
Questions

A

What’s the most pressing issue the RCM faces over the next year?

B

What’s the most interesting or unique fact about you?

C

If you could invite anyone to dinner (alive or dead), who would it be?




Rosemary Exton
A_We need to fight to enable
midwives to provide high-quality, one-to-one care.
B_I work at EU level and across the world demonstrating the link between frontline staff involvement and performance.
C_NHS chief executive David Nicholson and a group of other frontline midwives, so I can’t promise him a comfortable evening!

Lesley Page
A_Making sure there are enough midwives with the right conditions to do their work well, and with fair and equal reward.
B_My unique range of experience that includes practical, clinical, academic, management and leadership work.
C_My mother - there are so many things we didn’t have the time to talk about.

Barbara Kuypers
A_The current health reforms will have a big impact, and the profession may have to be both sure-footed and nimble in response.
B_When I was ten days old, I had a pyloroplasty and the community midwife looking after my mother referred us to hospital - she essentially saved my life.
C_Eddie Izzard for pure entertainment, and a mix of friends and family.

Paul Lewis
A_The RCM must ensure it has a strong relationship with all UK midwives, and engage and involve them, while promoting their unique role.
B_I have a strong sense of moral justice and believe we should strive to value difference and see it as a necessary force for change.
C_My parents, who sadly died over 35 years ago. I would love to share with them my enjoyment of life.

Patricia Gillen
A_The need to secure more midwives so that all women and babies can have one-to-one care in labour.
B_I was born in Brooklyn, New York, which may explain my love of bagels and cream cheese!
C_Rosa Parks, an African-American who, in 1955, was brave enough to refuse to give up her bus seat to a white passenger.

Corina Casey-Hardman
A_To address the unrest and fear felt by midwives due to the financial pressures, integration of services, job losses, and freezing of salaries.
B_I share my birthday with my tennis hero Bjorn Borg, who I would love to meet.
C_I’m going to settle for Will Smith as I think he would be a very entertaining and lively guest.

Marie McDonald
A_Finding the magic formula to retain quality in maternity services against a backdrop of reduced NHS funding and efficiency savings.
B_That might be the gold medal for ballroom dancing.
C_The Queen – the only topic would be the weekly meetings with the prime ministers throughout her reign.

Christina McKenzie
A_Setting and delivering a strategy that demonstrates the value of midwives to women, employers
and governments.
B_I discovered the easiest way to get into Glyndebourne was to have both bunions done simultaneously so I needed a wheelchair.
C_Charles Rennie MacIntosh and William Morris for interior design advice and Ollie Smith and Jay Raynor for fun.

Donna Ockenden
A_To support members and colleagues outside the RCM to deliver high-quality maternity care in this harsh economic setting.
B_I lived abroad for much of my childhood because of my dad’s job and have revisited and practised midwifery in many of these countries.
C_Queen Elizabeth I - one of the greatest monarchs our country has ever had.

Anna Shasha
A_To ensure we have the right numbers of midwives and that we achieve the correct ratio of midwife to mother.
B_I’m half Irish and half Arabic and have blonde hair and blue eyes, which often throws people when they see my name.
C_My paternal grandfather, who died when I was a young child and would be able to tell me about my heritage.

Carole Garrick
A_The issues which stem from the changes in the health and social bill and what the changes in commissioning will mean for midwifery.
B_I think I’m very intuitive or good
at investigating problems, which initially developed from my career as a police officer.
C_I would love to have Reginald and Catherine Hamlin, who founded the Hamlin Fistula Hospital in Addis Ababa.

Vanessa Shand
A_Pensions. We have suffered a pay freeze, a cut in jobs and increase in workload and stress: we may now have to work longer to get less.
B_A few years ago I was on a prime-time TV quiz show. What an experience that was…
C_My mum. She instilled in me the virtues of honesty, integrity, fairness, loyalty and self-worth, with lots of laughter along the way.