Find out more about our organisational structure, rules and processes, plus meet the RCM Board Members
Role of the RCM Board
The RCM Board is responsible for the overall direction and control of the RCM. This includes ensuring that the RCM is efficient, effective, properly managed, supervised and accountable. The Board provides long-term vision, ensures clarity of purpose by stating our mission and setting strategic goals and objectives and protects the reputation and values of the RCM. It directs and supports its CEO in leading the RCM to the Board’s vision. The Board is the guardian of the RCM’s assets and is responsible for ensuring that legal and regulatory requirements are met.
All members of the RCM Board are practising midwives and maternity support workers who have been elected to the Board by members of the RCM.
The Board meets regularly throughout each year and also conducts business electronically. Three Members of the RCM Board are trustees of The Royal College of Midwives Trust and also serve on board committees. One member of the Board is a director of RCM Trust Trading Company Ltd.
There are three committees of the Board.
Audit and Risk Committee
Oversees financial reporting, risk management, internal controls, compliance systems and internal auditing. The Committee selects auditors for appointment and assesses their performance.
Board Membership, Performance and Development Committee
Keeps an eye on the structure, size and composition of the Board and advises if changes are needed. It plays a key role in ensuring that board elections are well designed and conducted and advises the Board on arrangements for evaluating the performance of the Board, its members and its committees.
CEO Performance and Remuneration Committee
This committee advises the RCM Board on the remuneration and expenses of the RCM’s CEO and plays a key role in CEO performance planning and management.
The Royal College of Midwives Trust
The work of the Royal College of Midwives Trust (the Trust) complements that of the RCM and, subject to requirements of charity law, the Trust and the RCM work as a cohesive whole.
RCM Trust Trading Company Ltd
This company transacts business to make a profit. After retaining funds to cover its costs the Company pays its profits to The Royal College of Midwives Trust under gift aid.
RCM Annual Reports
Explore our recent RCM Annual Reports, Directors Reports and Consolidated Accounts in our Publications section.
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Meet the Members of the RCM Board
A midwife since 2012, Michelle is currently a senior midwifery lecturer and the undergraduate programme leader at Liverpool John Moores University. She began her career as a social worker and, after living and volunteering in Boston in the US, discovered her passion for birth. She trained as an NCT teacher before qualifying as a midwife.
She has worked as a rotational midwife, then moved into case-loading, followed by time as a community midwife. She is married and has two children and a dog named Topsy. In her spare time she loves holidaying and scuba diving.
Commenting on being re-elected as an RCM Board member Michelle said, “I feel honoured to have been elected again to serve on the RCM board and I will continue to undertake this role with common sense, commitment, integrity and honesty. My aim is for members’ voices to be truly represented at board level."
Giuseppe has 20 years of nursing and midwifery experience and has undertaken a variety of clinical roles in both hospital and community midwifery. Whilst working at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, Giuseppe developed an ‘e-midwife’ service – a virtual social media network to improve women’s experiences of communication, access and understanding of maternity services. This was then rolled out across four hospitals in south-east London.
He has held Head of Midwifery posts at United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust and Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust. Giuseppe’s most recent role was at Barts Health NHS Trust as the associate director of nursing and midwifery. He is currently at The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust as the Trust’s first Director of Midwifery.
Giuseppe is passionate about midwifery and family centred care. An advocate for women and the midwifery profession, Giuseppe joined the RCM board “to represent midwives and MSWs, and raise concerns such as complexity of maternity services, staffing levels and pay.”
Appointed as Deputy Chief Midwifery Officer for England in April 2020. She has over 20 years of midwifery experience from community caseload, to delivery suite co-ordinator, as well as Matron and Director of Midwifery in a challenged service. Sascha focuses on improving and developing services that are facing significant challenges and issues.
On her continuing role on the board Sascha said: I am a midwife who is passionate about and a strong advocate for, our profession, one who wishes to ensure it remains a distinct profession, as it is imperative to ensuring women’s and families continue to experience high quality, safe, compassionate care.
"As a member of the RCM board I would hold the RCM to account and ensure that midwives and maternity services remain high on the national agenda, ensuring policy can translate into reality for members and reflects what women and families want and need."
Benedicta Agbagwara is presently working as a Deputy Director of Midwivery & Gynaecology and as a midwife to her core, is passionate about improving safety for mothers, babies and midwives.
As a Board member she aims to provide advocacy and the assurance to midwives that through representation their voices will be heard and that they will be supported by the Royal College of Midwives.
“I will endeavour to ensure that RCM delivers on its pledge of equality, equity and a fair pay system for every member. As well as delivery of equitable care to all women and their families.”
Keelie Barrett is an MSW at East Lancashire Hospitals joined the RCM Board in 2019 and is also a RCM MSW advocate, health and safety representative, steward and chairperson for her branch. She has a very active role in campaigning for better working conditions and equal treatment for maternity staff. Keelie is also passionate about training opportunities for all maternity staff and is working as part of a project team looking at MSW career development in her local maternity system. She brings her extensive activist know-how to the RCM Board.
Keelie joined the board a decade after the RCM introduced MSW membership. Her other accomplishments over that time include supporting the launch of the Health Education England MSW Competency, Education, and Career Development Framework, and Keelie was the first MSW member to join the implementation team alongside heads of midwifery, educationalists and other stakeholders. An increasing number of MSWs are being elected as RCM workplace representatives, branch officers and MSW workplace advocates and now a MSW representative in the form of Keelie sits on the RCM Board.
Keelie said: "I was delighted to have been elected to the RCM board in 2019, especially as the first MSW to do so. I look forward to continuing to represent the views of MSW members at this national level. As a board member I wish to play a pivotal role in continuing to build on the successes of the previous board and be able to positively inspire other MSWs to take up active roles within their local branches, regionally and nationally."
With 30 years experience, she is a Delivery Suite Co-ordinator at Birmingham Women's NHS Foundation Trust. Throughout her career, Janet has worked as a RCM activist, staff side chair, branch secretary and board governor. Her experience in campaigning for members will translate to her new role as a board member, with a focus on equal opportunities for staff and to be treated fairly and equitably.
Janet said: "As an RCM Representative, I work hard to protect the rights of Midwives, Midwifery Support Workers and the women we care for, unafraid to challenge and to promote what our members believe is right, fair and just.
"An effective Board member will ensure that each members voice is heard, each opinion respected, appreciate the diversity of the group and their views/experiences, and empower them to use their voice. I have a proven track record of achieving this during my tenure as an RCM activist, and as a Staff Side Chair and Secretary and as a Board Governor.
"I have developed resilience to the challenges BME Midwives face, gaining the strength and tenacity to represent all members of the midwifery community, striving for us all to receive equal opportunities and be treated fairly and equitably."
Dee is a midwife who is compassionate about providing safe high-quality care to mothers and babies. Dee brings expert knowledge of maternity services and with this an understanding of current challenges facing midwives and maternity support workers.
Commenting on her RCM Board role, Dee said, “I am delighted and privileged to be on the RCM board and I will continue to undertake this role with full commitment, integrity and honesty, endeavouring to ensure that the members voice is represented at board level."
Having recently retired from his role at NHS Improvement/NHS England, Neil can draw on his forty-year career in the NHS to support his role as a board member. Having worked in different areas of midwifery, including clinical, managerial, regulation and education, and having experience of rural and inner-city workplaces, he has a lot of knowledge to bring to this role.
He is passionate about supporting effective leadership across all roles in maternity to ensure safe and effective care for mothers, babies and their families.
Neil said: "I am ardent about supporting compassionate and effective leadership across all areas of maternity services leading to safe and effective care. As a board member I will continue to ensure that there is a strong focus on the need for positive leadership and effective support for maternity staff working across the United Kingdom.
"We are in the process of transforming maternity care and need to hear the voices of Midwives and Maternity Support Workers to ensure that the challenges facing them are truly being heard and that workable solutions are found if this is going to be a true and sustainable success!”
Sarah Jones, a Specialist Midwife for Improvement and Education at St Helens and Knowsley Teaching NHS Trust took up post as RCM Board member in 2019.
A midwife for 13 years and a RCM steward for 8 years, Sarah works on leading, planning and implementing service improvements, workforce development and education for effectiveness, safety and sustainability for both women and maternity staff.
Sarah took home the RCM Members Champion Award for promoting fairness, vision and knowledge to the profession. She hopes that her experience in supporting members both professionally and as a trade Union representative will support her role.
Sarah said: "I am very excited to take on this national role and I will ensure that midwives, maternity support workers and women are at the centre of my focus when undertaking this role. I am dedicated to working closely with the RCM team to contribute positively to the work of the college."
Nerys Midwifery Lecturer at Cardiff University and a Clinical Midwife at Cardiff and Vale UHP. Nerys is delighted to be elected to the RCM Board and is eager to represent members throughout her time in governance.
With a foot in both education and clinical midwifery settings, Nerys is passionate to champion both aspects of maternity care and to ensure the RCM keep the focus on supporting student midwives, their transition to clinical care and throughout their careers from newly qualified to retirement.
- First meeting of the "new" Board was September 7th 2011 following a review of the RCM’s Governance structures
- RCM Board comprises of 12 elected members, one of whom is elected Chair of the Board and another the Deputy Chair
- Board members sit on a number of committees
- Audit & Risk Committee
- Board Membership, Performance and Development Committee
- Investment Committee
- CEO Performance and Remuneration
- In addition, some Board members become Trustees of the RCM Trust which is Chaired by the Deputy Chair of the RCM. A Trustee will also become a Director of the RCM Trust Trading Company and RCM Information Services Limited
- The RCM Board meets 6 times a year – January, March, May, July, September and November