New RCM president announced
Midwives magazine: Issue 2 :: 2012
Professor Lesley Page has been elected to be the next president of the RCM and will be taking over from Liz Stephens on 2 April.
Lesley has practised as a midwife for over 32 years, in both community and hospitals in the UK and in Canada.
She currently practices in Chipping Norton, Oxon, for the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust.
She is also visiting professor at King’s College London and the University of Technology Sydney and University of Sydney.
She said: ‘My first reaction was sheer and utter excitement and happiness.
‘What an honour to be elected into such an important role for the profession I love so much.
‘There could not be a better time to be president. While there are real challenges ahead, there are also tremendous opportunities.
‘I will work closely with the chief executive professor Cathy Warwick and with the RCM to help continue to develop a vibrant responsive organisation, that is both professional organisation and trades union.’
She added: ‘Through the presidency of the RCM I will help midwives wherever they work to give their best so that we can provide really good care around the time of birth.’
Lesley is an honorary fellow of the RCM, president of the Maternity and Newborn Forum Section of the Royal Society of Medicine and belongs to the Association of Radical Midwives and Medical Justice.
Her experience in practice, management of large services, academic work, representation of midwifery on national committees, and international experience has given her a deep, rounded, understanding of midwifery.