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Who we are

Who we are

The RCM was established in 1881 as the Matron's Aid or Trained Midwives Registration Society, but has existed under its present name since 1947. In 1881, Vita Donum Dei was the College's slogan, which meant ''Life is the gift of God''. This was an old hymn that midwives used to sing.

We are the voice of midwifery and are the UK’s only trade union and professional organisation led by midwives for midwives and those that support them. The RCM is affiliated with the TUC.

The vast majority of the midwifery profession are members.

To read further information on the history of the RCM, click here. 


The structure of the RCM is layered in several tiers; 

  • RCM Board

The RCM is governed by an elected Board of qualified midwives who are also RCM members. The Board sets the broad strategic direction of the organisation, ensuring it is viable, properly managed and governed. Find out more about the board here.

  • RCM trust

A charity for maintaining and improving standards of professional midwifery. The Trust conducts and commissions research, publishes information, provides education and training and organises conferences, campaigns and other events. The work of the Trust complements that of the RCM and, subject to requirements of charity law, the Trust and the RCM work together as a cohesive whole. Managed by a chief executive and governed by a board of trustees who are ultimately responsible for directing its affairs and ensuring that it is solvent, well-run and delivers charitable outcomes for the benefit of the public. Some of the Trust’s income comes from its trading company, RCM Trust Trading Company Ltd. Through its benevolent fund the RCM Trust makes grants to midwives and others who need financial help. 

  • 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 RCM Trust under gift aid. 

  • Chief executive 

Responsible for the day-to-day running and management of the RCM, the chief executive works with the executive management team to carry out the tactical operations of the organisation working towards the RCM strategic objectives. Gill Walton is the current chief executive.

  • RCM president

The President is the RCM’s ceremonial figurehead and one of the RCM’s two principal ambassadors (the other being the CEO). The role of President includes representing the RCM at national events; representing the RCM at international events, including the International Confederation of Midwives; representing the RCM at social occasions; and leading deputations of the RCM when appointed to do so by the RCM Board.  Kathryn Gutteridge is the current RCM president.

  • RCM staff

The RCM has a staff team of 80, who are based across our headquarters in London, our country offices in Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh, and home based workers across the UK.

  • RCM UK country offices

Each of the four UK countries – Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and England – has its own RCM office providing professional advice and employment relations services to RCM members in those countries.

RCM Head office – 15 Mansfield Street, London, W1G 9NH

RCM Scotland - 37 Frederick Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1EP

RCM Wales - 8th Floor, Eastgate House, 35-43 Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 0AB

RCM Northern Ireland - 58 Howard Street, Belfast, BT1 6PJ


RCM Library - RCOG, 27 Sussex Place, Regents Park, London, NW1 4RG