Dr Gloria Rowland
Associate Director of Midwifery & Gynaecology Nursing
West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust
Gloria was first trained as a registered nurse and midwife in Nigeria before relocating to the United Kingdom in 2000. Gloria continued her nursing career in UK after completing her NMC adaptation programme to become registered as a nurse in the UK. Since then she has gained further qualifications- BSc Midwifery, MSc Community Public Health Specialist Practitioner and Doctor of Clinical Practice.
She has a strong passion for change, innovation and transformation of health services. She has worked within the NHS and community settings as a Consultant midwife and Head of midwifery. Most recently as the Associate Director for Midwifery & Gynaecology Nursing at West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust since 29th February 2016.
Gloria is the first Black African Head of Midwifery in the history of maternity services in the UK. She became a Mary Seacole Scholar awarded by the Department of Health in 2009, a Florence Nightingale Research Scholar in 2011. Gloria has won many national awards for her work in transforming maternity care and raising the profile of public health agenda in maternity services. Her recent work involved transforming poor performing maternity services into a good maternity unit (CQC poorly rated maternity services 2015 turned into a good rated maternity unit in 2016).