Barbara has been a registered midwife since 1982 and once qualified worked for the first six years of her career overseas with various development agencies. On her return to the UK, she continued as a Midwifery Adviser for the charities, International Health Exchange & RedR and now with Baby Lifeline. She has a Masters Degree in Medical Anthropology.
In 1988, she took up a Community Midwifery in post in Tower Hamlets and from 1992 held various management roles with the Maternity Services at The Royal London Hospital. Since 1998 she has held Head of Service positions for both Women and Children’s’ Services and for an interim period, held a Head of Nursing for Accident & Emergency and General Medicine Services.
In January 2006, Barbara became a Midwifery Adviser with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and facilitated work around managing the pilot project reviewing the Local Supervising Authorities and leading the consultation on Standards for Supervised Practice of Midwives.
In July 2007, she took up her current role as the Local Supervising Authority Midwifery Officer for West Midlands and in September 2011, became a Board Member with the Royal College of Midwives. During 2014/15, she interimly worked with Health Education England leading a Personalised Maternity Care Project from which a Report was published in 2016.