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 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 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 worked as a rotational midwife, then moved into case-loading, followed by time as a community midwife. Her current post is full-time midwifery lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University. She is married and has two children aged nine and 13 – and a Norfolk terrier called Topsy.
Tracy qualified as a midwife in 1992. In 2000, she became a community midwife at Stonehaven Medical Group and has worked there ever since. In 2013, she spent four weeks in Nepal as part of the RCM’s Global Midwifery Twinning Project.
‘When I returned from Nepal, I wanted to engage more with the RCM,’ says Tracy. ‘I put myself forward for steward training and am now a steward for NHS Grampian.’ The mother of three was also a member of the 2016 review group for maternity services in Scotland and the maternity models of care subgroup.
Since undertaking his nursing and midwifery training more than 15 years ago, Giuseppe has enjoyed a varied career combining clinical work and management. While 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.
Since 2013, he has worked at Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust, and in April became HoM at University Hospital Lewisham. He also sits on NHS England’s London strategic clinical network for maternity. ‘I am incredibly lucky to have a job that I thoroughly enjoy,’ says Giuseppe.
‘I wanted to be part of the RCM board to represent midwives and MSWs, and raise concerns such as pay restraint and complexity of maternity services.’
Julie has 20 years clinical experience as a midwife in hospital, birth centre and community settings. Highlights from her midwifery experience include increasing home-birth services to 12%, being part of setting up a day assessment unit for high-risk women and implemented a new model for supervision of midwives in Wales. Julie is currently working as Women and Children’s Service Manager for Powys Teaching Health Board
As a previous Local Supervising Midwifery Officer, Julie has a strong knowledge of professional regulation and passionate about supporting midwives to obtain the best outcomes for themselves as clinicians but also to ensure high-quality, safe care provided to women and their families. She has worked as a Head of Midwifery, and as such has worked within workforce planning, governance, risk management and meeting financial challenges.
Throughout her career, Julie has held a strong belief in what the Royal College of Midwives as a trade union and professional association has to offer midwives, student midwives and maternity support workers.
"As an RCM Board member, I see the priorities as to protect the RCM's assets, continuing to ensure fair pay for midwives, safe staffing levels and the opportunities for continued professional development," says Julie.
Natalie qualified as a midwife in 2009 at Liverpool John Moores University and has worked clinically both in the hospital and community setting. More recently, she worked as a clinical skills facilitator in a central delivery suite in Manchester and currently works as a labour ward coordinator at Western Sussex NHS Hospitals Trust.
She is a passionate union activist and RCM steward. She led the pay campaign at her central Manchester RCM branch and spent considerable time engaging members in the run-up to industrial action in 2014. Natalie received the RCM Thompsons Members’ Champion of the Year Award in 2015.
"All I wanted was to empower my branch members to make an informed decision," says Natalie. "My goal in joining the board was to drive the RCM in that powerful direction, striving to be as strong, inspiring and bold."
As a midwife in Wales since 2006, Kate has worked in all areas of clinical practice. She is currently a public health midwife at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board (ABMU), specialising in areas such as smoking, obesity and perinatal mental health. She is a member of the All Wales Tobacco Alliance advising the Welsh Government and sits on the perinatal mental health steering group. Kate is also an RCM workplace representative and is part of a very active RCM branch in ABMU.
"I am passionate about keeping births normal and love being able to encourage women with a raised body mass index to maintain a healthy weight and give birth in low-risk settings."
Kate has been married for 24 years, and has a daughter Lorna, son Jack, dog Oscar and cat Nemo. In her spare time, she loves to collect old books.
A midwife for 21 years, Pauline has worked in many areas of midwifery, including hospital, standalone birth centre, community and secondment to the RCM as a caseworker. She currently works as a community midwife and an RCM workplace representative at Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
"I feel so privileged to be in a job that allows you to support women in becoming mothers and watch families develop," says Pauline. "I also work with an amazing team and support them to the best of my ability. I feel very proud to have been elected as a board member."
Outside work, Pauline is the vice chair of Chesterfield Trades Union Council and has worked with the local Stand Up To Racism group. She has two grown-up children who, she says, make her proud every day.
After working as a nurse and midwife in Zambia, Helene returned to Scotland, where she has worked in a variety of roles over her 30-year career. These include labour ward sister, community midwife, clinical leader of a midwife-led birthing unit and positions in practice development and clinical risk.
Currently, she is the director of the Scottish multi-professional maternity development programme. Helene has also developed a neonatal resuscitation app, supporting clinicians in maintaining their skills. "It has been my privilege to be on the board for the last four years," she says.
"During that time, the board has been working with, and sometimes challenging, the executive team, helping the RCM develop and strengthen its governance procedures."
Helene has three grown-up children, and in her spare time she is a Boys’ Brigade Officer.