Stakeholder Council

The Stakeholder Council is a representative group that enables stakeholders to influence and contribute to the Maternity Transformation Programme by scrutinizing its work and providing advice and constructive challenge to the Maternity Transformation Programme Board.

Organisations represented on the Council include charities, professional bodies, academics, as well as NHS clinical and managerial practice. This is vital to ensure that we can succeed in realizing the vision outlined in Better Births to improve care for women, babies and their families.

Latest update

The latest stakeholder council meeting was held in London on 11 January and showed continued progress in meeting the recommendations set out in Better Births. The meeting was kindly hosted by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and one of the highlights of the meeting was the presentation from RCOG and the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) on the choice decision aids.

Alison Wright and Carmel Lloyd presented on the outcomes of the focus group that was put together to finalise the Decision Aids. The Council provided very positive feedback and they were approved by the Council and will now go to the MTP Board for final sign off.

The Council had been provided with the paper summarising the outcomes of the discussion held as part of the extraordinary board ahead of the meeting

Members of the Council stated how they felt that the meeting held with the Board in December had been really worthwhile and that the document had done an excellent job in summarising those discussions.

Throughout the discussion, 4 main key focus areas emerged:

  1. Leadership and Governance
  2. Language and Communications
  3. Workforce training and development
  4. Women focus and personalisation

One the MTP board have approved these they will look at sharing them with the Local Maternity Systems (LMS).

The national MTP team are visiting all the LMSs that requested a meeting. The next steps are for any LMS that wants access to finance to submit their plans by 31 January 2018.


The Council is chaired by Baroness Julia Cumberlege, Chair of the National Maternity Review. It meets every two months, mid-way between each Maternity Transformation Programme Board meeting. The Council includes the following organisations:

  • Baroness Julia Cumberlege- Chair
  • Sir Cyril Chantler- Vice-Chair
  • Alain Gregoire- Consultant and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Perinatal Psychiatry. Chair, Maternal Mental Health Alliance UK, and Global Alliance for Maternal Mental Health
  • Alexandra Birch- Senior Commissioning manager for Maternity and Children’s Services. Cannock Chase CCG, South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula CCG. Stafford and Surrounds CCG (Also covering East Staffordshire CCG)
  • Alison Baum- CEO, Best Beginnings
  • Alison Wright- Vice President for UK and Global Membership, RCOG
  • Annie Francis- CEO, Neighbourhood Midwives Ltd
  • Beverley Beech- Association for Improvements in the Maternity services
  • Bill Kirkup- Chair, Morecombe Bay Inquiry
  • Caroline Lee Davey- Chief Executive, BLISS
  • Clea Harmer- Chief Executives, SANDS (Stillbirth & Neonatal death Charity)
  • Dianne Massey- Institute of Health Visiting
  • Elizabeth Duff- Senior Policy Advisor, National Childbirth Trust (NCT)
  • Felicity Plaat- Chairman, Obstetric Anaesthetists Association
  • Gabrielle Bourke- RCM Regional Officer
  • Jane Brewin- Chief Executive, Tommy’s
  • Jenny Kurinczuk- National Lead, MBRACE- UK. Professor of Perinatal Epedimiology and Director of the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit (NPEU)
  • John Black- Medical Director, South Central Ambulance Service
  • Judy Shakespeare- RCGP
  • Keith Reed- CEO, Tamba, Twins and Multiple Births Association
  • Lisa Ramsey- Chair, Maternity Voices Reading
  • Maria Booker- Programme Manager, Birthrights
  • Mary Newburn- Consultant, Health Researcher, Public & Parent Involvement (PPI). Lead for Maternity theme service user representation working with Midwives, Kings College London
  • Melanie Pickup- CEO, Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS FT
  • Mike Lane- Clinical Lead & Board Member, Wandsworth CCG. London Maternity Lead, RCGP
  • Myles Taylor- Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Fetal edicine, Urogynaecology, Devon and Exeter Hospital
  • Neena Modi- Professor of Neonatal Medicine, Imperial College London. Consultant at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital. President of the UK Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
  • Ruth Bender Atik- National Director, The Miscarriage Association
  • Sarah Noble- Head of Maternity, South Warwickshire Foundation Trust
  • Soo Downe- Professor of Midwifery Studies, University of Central Lancashire
  • Susan Robinson- Director of Network Development, Healthwatch
  • Tim Draycott- MD, BSc, MBBS, MRCOG, Consultant at Southmead Hospital and the University of Bristol. North Bristol NHS Trust
  • Tim Overton- President, British Maternal & Fetal Medicine Society London. Consultant in Fetal Medicine and Obstetrics, Clinical Director for Women’s Services, St Michael’s Hospital
  • Tracey Bignall- Senior Policy and Practice Officer, Race Equality Foundation

If anyone has any questions or wants any further information about the stakeholder council, please email: