Maternity Transformation Programme Board

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The Maternity Transformation Programme Board will drive forward the implementation of Better Births, the report of the National Maternity Review, published in February 2016, including work to reduce the rate of stillbirths, neonatal and maternal deaths in England.

The formation of the Board marks a clear step forward towards delivering the vision laid out in Better Births, ensuring that key organisations work together to improve maternity services. The Board held its first meeting on 8 June 2016 and is chaired by Sarah-Jane Marsh, Chief Executive of Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Birmingham Women’s Hospital. The Board includes the following individuals and organisations:

  • Sarah-Jane Marsh: Chief Executive Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust and Chair, Maternity Transformation Programme Board
  • Baroness Julia Cumberlege: Chair, Stakeholder Council
  • Aidan Fowler: NHS National Director of Patient Safety, NHS Improvement
  • Gill Walton: CEO, Royal College of Midwives
  • Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent: Head of Maternity, Children and Young People, NHS England
  • James Sanderson: Director of Personalised Care Group, NHS England
  • Jimmy Walker: HSIB
  • Julie Cheetham: Associate Director of the Clinical Network & Board Nurse (Greater Manchester and Eastern Cheshire), representing the Clinical Networks
  • Karen Kennedy: Programme Manager, Maternity Transformation Programme Team, NHS England
  • Lesley Regan: Head of Department for Imperial College and President, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG)
  • Margaret Kitchin: Chief Nurse and Chair of North Regional Maternity Board, Reginal representative
  • Luisa Stewart: Head of Mental Health – Perinatal Mental Health, Mental Health Team, Operations & Information Directorate, NHS England
  • Martin Dennys: Programme Director, NHS Digital (Work stream 7, Lead)
  • Matthew Jolly: National Clinical Director for Maternity & Women’s Health (Workstream 6, Lead)
  • Matthew Styles: Director, Strategic Finance, NHS England
  • Nigel Acheson: CQC
  • Rachel Pearce: DCO for South Central and Co-Chair of Workstream 1 Delivery Group
  • Richard Holmes: Communications Manager, Maternity Transformation Programme Team, NHS England
  • Ruth May: Chief Nursing Officer, NHS England
  • Stephen Anderson: Programme Director, Maternity Transformation Programme Team, NHS England
  • Viv Bennet: Chief Nurse & Lead Director for Maternal and Child Health, Public Health England (PHE), (Workstream 9, Lead)
  • Wendy Reid: Director of Education and Quality, Health Education England