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.

The Council met for the first time in September 2016 and the chair was Baroness Julia Cumberlege, Chair of the National Maternity Review. The Council will now meet every two months, mid-way between each Maternity Transformation Programme Board meeting. The Council includes the following organisations::

  • Julia Cumberlege: Chair, Stakeholder Council
  • Cyril Chantler: Vice-chair, Stakeholder Council
  • Alison Baum: CEO, Best Beginnings
  • Rebecca Schiller: Chief Executive, Birthrights
  • Helen Kirrane: Policy Manager, BLISS
  • Alain Gregoire: Maternal Mental Health Alliance
  • Elizabeth Duff: Senior Policy Advisor, National Childbirth Trust
  • Tracey Bignall: Senior Policy and Practice Officer, Race Equality Foundation
  • Janet Scott: Research and Prevention Lead, SANDS
  • Keith Reed: CEO, TAMBA
  • Ruth Bender Atik: National Director, The Miscarriage Association
  • John Black: Medical Director, South Central Ambulance Service representing AACE
  • Tim Overton: President, BMFMS
  • Rosamund Bryar: Institute of Health Visiting
  • Eugene Quinn: Public Affairs Officer, Healthwatch
  • Jenny Kurinczuk: National Lead, MBRRACE-UK
  • Mary Newburn: Midwifery Unit Network
  • Annie Francis: CEO, Neighbourhood Midwives
  • Roshan Fernando: Chairman, Obstetric Anaesthetists’ Association
  • Cathy Warwick: CEO, Royal College of Midwives
  • Lesley Regan: President, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
  • Neena Modi: Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
  • Neil Marlowe: Professor of Neonatal Medicine, UCL
  • Alexandra Birch: NHS Stafford and Surrounds CCG | NHS Cannock Chase CCG | NHS South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula CCG |NHS East Staffordshire CCG
  • Melany Pickup: CEO, Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Mike Lane: GP and CCG Lead, Wandsworth
  • Beverley Beech: Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services
  • Sarah Noble: Consultant Midwife, Birmingham Women’s
  • Tim Draycott: North Bristol, NHS Trust
  • Soo Downe: University of Central Lancashire
  • Jane Brewin: Chief Executive, Tommy’s
  • Myles Taylor: Cons. Obstetrician & Gynaecologist; Fetal Medicine; Urogynaecology – Devon & Exeter Hospital
  • Bill Kirkup: Chair, Morecambe Bay Inquiry
  • Lisa Ramsey: Chair, Maternity Forum (MSLC)
  • Nicky Lyon: Service user representative

Meeting summaries