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Gill Walton RM, MA, PG (Dip), BSc (Hons)

Gill Walton RM, MA, PG (Dip), BSc (Hons)

Gill Walton 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.

Gill is a passionate midwife, experienced midwifery leader and manager. She started nursing at University College Hospital, and then undertook her Midwifery training at the Princess Anne Hospital in Southampton. She has held Director of Midwifery posts at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, Barking Havering and Redbridge, John Radcliffe in Oxford and she is currently Director of Midwifery and Maternity services at Portsmouth Hospitals.  

Gill has led many transformation programmes for maternity services and been involved in several national maternity related projects. The recent ‘Nurture’ programme in Portsmouth has led to the development of many exciting innovations, including the development of a hub and spoke service model.  The enhanced role of the Maternity Support Worker is also a key development and is attracting attention from other services. Currently Gill is involved in a Better Births Choice and Personalisation Pioneer Programme and is actively engaged in setting up a Local Maternity System in Southampton, Hampshire, Isle of White and Portsmouth.

Gill has a keen interest in research, taking an active role in setting up clinical doctorate posts within the service and supporting evidenced based practice. With funding from the Health Foundation, she has also developed an app, ’My Birthplace’ to support women’s choices for place of birth

Gill has been involved in national policy and strategy development, including work with the RCM, NMC and Department of Health and actively supports improvement and development in other maternity services.

Gill is married with a grown up family and enjoys outdoor sport such as running, cycling, sailing and skiing. Best of all she likes walking her dog!

Keep in touch with Gill by following her on twitter - @GillWaltonRCM