Seminar Chairs

We would like to thank our seminar chairs who have kindly given up their time to ensure that each seminar runs smoothly.


Dr Cathy Ashwin
Head and Principal Editor of MIDIRS


Elizabeth Murrell
Senior Midwife at DCH NHS Foundation Trust


Georgina Sims
Head of Department of Midwifery &  Associate Professor Kingston and St Georges


Jackie Dent
Senior Lecturer, University of Hertfordshire


Dianne Garland
Freelance Midwife Expert


Judy Evans
Associate Lecturer, Anglia Ruskin University


Martina Donaghy
Senior Lecturer, Anglia Ruskin

Maternity & Midwifery Festival Presenter Profiles

Anisha Kanabar

Human Centred Designer and Researcher

Anna Byrom

Senior Midwifery Lecturer, UCLAN; Director, All4Maternity

Caroline Flint

Retired Midwife

Denise Tiran FRCM

Freelance Midwifery Lecturer and Education Director, Expectancy

Donna Evans

Maternity Services Transformation Manager, across the 5 Hampshire CCGs

Dr Helen Shallow

Writer, Presenter and Midwifery Consultant

Emma Pearson

Chief Executive JOEL the Complete Package

Hannah Tizard

Midwife, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Helena White

Midwife, The African Maternity Link

Jane Plumb MBE

Chief Executive, Group B Strep Support

Kati Edwards

Spoken Word Artist

Leah Hazard

Author of ‘Hard Pushed’

Michelle Wright

Student Midwife, Survivor of Sexual Trauma and Member of RCM Scotland PMH Forum

Naomi Carlisle

Senior Research Midwife, Women and Children's Health, King's College London

Natalija Kolesnikova

Midwife, Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust

Paul Golden

Midwife and Mediator

Professor Dame Elizabeth Anionwu

Emeritus Professor of Nursing, University of West London

Professor Mary Renfrew FRSE

Professor of Mother and Infant Health, University of Dundee

Ruth Oshikanlu MBE

Midwife and Pregnancy Mindset Expert

Shabira Papain

COO and Deputy CEO, Best Beginnings

Sue Macdonald

Conference Chair, Midwifery Consultant and Educationalist

Susana Nicolau

Research and Development Manager, Brazelton Centre UK

Wendy Powell

CEO and Founder, MUTU System