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Cathy Warwick

Cathy Warwick

Cathy Warwick CBE is Chief Executive of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), one of the world's oldest and largest midwifery organisations, representing the majority of the UK’s midwives.

Cathy began her career by gaining a nursing degree at Edinburgh University in 1975. She then completed the one year midwifery course at Queen Charlotte’s Hospital in London in 1976, and worked as a midwife across a variety of clinical settings in hospitals and in the community. She has held a number of senior posts in midwifery education and in the NHS managing midwifery and nursing services. Prior to joining the RCM she was Director of Midwifery and General Manager for Women & Children’s Services at King College Hospital in London. She has an MSc in Social Policy, an Advanced Diploma in Midwifery (ADM)  and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education of Adults.

Her work has led to invitations to sit on many national maternity policy committees, and she has been Chair of the Midwifery Committee at the Nursing and Midwifery Council, and Chair of the maternity working group contributing to the Darzi report, Healthcare for London. Cathy is also involved in the National Maternity Review.

Cathy has also written and published widely on midwifery issues and lectures and speaks nationally and internationally. She was awarded a visiting professorship by King’s College, London in 2004. She received a CBE for Services to Healthcare in 2006, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from St George’s and Kingston University, London in 2007. 

Apart from her active working life she has a busy social life. She has three children, loves mountain biking, motorbike riding, reading and regularly goes to films, theatre and opera.