SPEAKERS. WORKSHOP LEADERS. PANELLISTS. INSTRUCTORS.
Our varied programme includes paper presentations, workshops, panel debate and a wind down zone!
Come and meet everyone!
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Director of Midwifery at Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust
As Director of Midwifery at Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust, Helen Knower leads a team that delivers just under 9,000 babies each year across both hospital sites. As part of her directorship role, Ms Knower is involved in implementing national policies for improving outcomes for mothers and babies.
Specialist Cultural Liaison Midwife. Cofounder and director of Association of South Asian Midwives CIC
Benash Nazmeen is passionate about addressing health inequalities. The manifestation of this work can be found in her work with the Sheffield Maternity Cooperative; as a trustee for Iolanthe midwifery trust; her advocacy for South Asian pregnant women; as a NHS England Midwifery Ambassador and chair of the midwifery work stream within the SDM Council.
PROFESSOR JANE SANDALL CBE
A Professor at Kings College London, Prof Sandall leads a Maternal Health Services and Policy Research Group in King's Health Partners Women's Health Academic Centre and is involved in the leadership group of King's Improvement Science and South London Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Research and Care. She has a clinical background in Midwifery and is a social scientist.
DR ANITA BANERJEE
Consultant Obstetric Physician
Endocrinologist Diabetes Mellitus & General Physician Simulation Lead For Women's Health, Co-Tpd/Ct For IMT At Guy’s And St Thomas’ Hospital
Anita Banerjee is an Obstetric Physician and Acute Physician at Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital. Anita trained as an endocrinologist and diabetologist in North West London before taking up her first consultant post in South London.
DR UMESH PRABHU
Paediatric consultant and former medical director
Dr Prabhu is a paediatric consultant and former medical director at Wigan & Leigh NHS Trust, NCAA adviser and clinical director for NHS Professionals. His passion is patient safety, professional regulation, why doctors make mistakes, organisational culture and leadership and the impact subconscious bias and racism has on patient safety and staff well-being.
Sociologist. Writer. Campaigner. Researcher
Hilary Burrage is Adjunct Professor, Buehler Center for Health Policy and Economics and a sociologist. She has researched female genital mutilation (FGM) for many years, and is the author of two award-winning books on the subject. She is also an Advisor to the Global Media Campaign to End FGM and to the UK-based organisation, Action: FGM. Ms Burrage has been a Senior Lecturer in Health and Social Care, a Research Associate in a UK Medical School, a Trustee of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and a Non-Executive Director of an NHS Trust.
Doula and birth activist
Award winning doula and birth activist Mars Lord has been a birth keeper for over a decade. Ms Lord wants to see the ‘colouring in of the landscape of birth’ and to uncover out the reasons for the maternal and neonatal morbidity rates amongst the BAME community.
Midwife. Mediator. Lecturer
Paul Golden delivers lectures and workshops for midwives on regulation, communication / mediation and clinical skills training internationally. He is known for his calm, confident and creative approach.
A specialist in public health nutrition. Ms Ekong is preseintly completing a PhD on African maternal nutrition in the United Kingdom.
NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow at King's College London
Hannah Rayment-Jones has worked in a range of clinical midwifery settings, including the award-winning caseload team at Imperial College NHS Trust, providing continuity of care for socially vulnerable women and a successful homebirth service.
Holistic Wellness Coach
Nehanda Truscott-Reid is passionate about supporting mothers whose voices, stories and needs are often left out of the mainstream. Ms Trustcott-Reid is a Holistic Wellness Coach. She helps women overcome fear, anxiety, stress, low energy, intergenerational trauma and negative cycles through mindfulness, ritual, self care and energy balancing practices.
Youth Ambassador for the EU End FGM Network
Alya Harding is a Youth Ambassador for the EU End FGM Network and is committed to spreading awareness of FGM. Alya is studying for a degree in International Development at the University of Portsmouth and has recently returned from Uganda.
NAANA OTOO-OYORTEY MBE
Former President of the Board of the European End FGM Network. On the ACORD and FORWARD Board of Trustees.
Awarded an MBE in 2009 for her work on women’s rights, Naana Otoo-Oyortey runs the Foundation for Women’s Health, Research and Development (Forward), which has supported the African diaspora in the UK for 30 years. She is a high profile campaigner against female genital mutilation (FGM). Naana Otoo-Oyortey has featured in the Evening Standard's list of London's most influential people and has discussed her campaigning on the BBC's Woman's Hour and at the International Observatory of Human Rights.
Director of Nutshell Communications Ltd and creator of Whose Shoes?
Gill Phillips has 30+ years experience in social care. Her passion is family-centred care, helping people share and connect across health and social care.
Ms Phillips is the creator of Whose Shoes? Whose Shoes? follows a board game format and helps participants cuts across silos and through hierarchies so they can better communicate, understand each other's perspective and jointly find ways forward. Whose Shoes? is a popular training tool throughout the NHS.
DR RUTH OSHIKANLU MBE
Multi-award winning midwife and educator
Dr Ruth Oshikanlu MBE is a member of the Chief Nursing Officer Black and Minority Ethnic (CNO BME) Advisory Group.
In 2020 Dr Oshikanlu takes up a Florence Nightingale Senior Leaders Scholarship and will be working to reduce the disparity in deaths of Black and Asian women in pregnancy and the perinatal period.
Dr Oshikanlu was a member of the Department of Health/Public Health England Task and Finish Group that developed the recent Female Genital Mutilation summary and key themes pathway.
Registrar and Vice Chair of the Academy
Trainee Doctors’ Group (ATDG)
Simon Fleming is a Trauma and Orthopaedic registrar. He is Vice Chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges Trainee Doctors’ Group (ATDG) and Associate Editor of Medical Education and The Clinical Teacher. He is the driving force behind the award winning #HammerItOut and #CutItOut campaigns.
Founder Melkiah Foundation
Sharon is the founder of the Melkiah Foundation established in memory of the son she lost when 28 weeks pregnant. The organisation supports BAME families that have gone through a similar experience. A particular focus is supporting the grieving process and overcoming any stigma felt.
Co-Founder of CoMidMent, a social entity for student midwives in the UK, Scotland and Ireland
Karen-Grace combines clinical and PR communications experience to advocate for improved maternal and neonatal health.
Midwife. Influencer. Childbirth educator
Marley is a midwife, advocate, educator and mum-of-five. Marley focuses much of her time providing antenatal education to women online and using social media as a platform to raise awareness of the maternity issues women from the BAME communities face.
Owner of Sports and Remedial Massage
Lisa MacLean is the owner of Sports and Remedial Massage and Personal Training. Ms MacLean balances her company commitments with teaching fitness classes at various gyms.
Ana Sampaio has a real passion for Zumba and makes every class feel like a party! Angolan born, but raised in Portugal and influenced by Latin culture, Ana's classes are a fusion of all these influences and leave participants at the end of her very popular classes energised and exhilarated!
Sam Boulton is a highly regarded and popular Pilates instructor. Her classes strengthen muscles while improving postural alignment and flexibility.
Yoga instructor Tara believes that anything that doesn't lift up the happy version of yourself is not 100% healthy. Her sessions are designed to release 'happy hormones' while the relaxation techniques help calm the mind.
After a busy day, Erin will provide the opportunity to switch off, and refocus the mind, with a mindfulness and relaxation exercise which will leave you feeling calm, relaxed and refreshed.
Erin Fung is a hypnobirthing instructor who offers hypnobirthing and antenatal classes in and around South East London and Kent.
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