Our Board of Trustees

Chair
Dr Adrian Brown MBBS MSc MRCOG FFPH

Adrian is a founder member of Maternity Worldwide.  He works as a consultant in Public Health in London.  After initially training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and becoming a member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) he then developed an interest in women’s public health.  He studied for a Masters in Public Health, with a particular slant towards developing countries issues.  He has been responsible for the organisational development of Maternity Worldwide.  Adrian has served as a member of the RCOG (Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists) International Executive Board.

Trustee

Annette Briley - Consultant Midwife

Annette is a Consultant Midwife based at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust in London (GSTFT).  Annette has worked as a clinical midwife, specialising in fetal medicine and during recent years has been involved in many national and international clinical trials aimed at improving pregnancy outcomes for mothers and babies.  She is a member of the RCM and sits on their Research Standing Group as well as the ICM, who she represented on the WHO working party which produced the global guidelines for the management of pre-eclampsia.  Annette is also Research and Development lead for Women’s Health within GSTFT.

Trustee
Laura Brown

Laura works as a Programme Management Co-ordinator for CARE International UK with oversight of all work in the Horn of Africa and Middle East.  Laura began her career in International Development 10 years ago working for Save the Children UK in Grant Management advisory positions supporting work in East and Central Africa.  Her time at Save the Children included 2 years working in Ethiopia to establish a unit of grant managers and build the capacity of partner organisations.  After this she spent 3.5 years with VSO in South East Asia as a Programme Development and Funding Advisor.  In this role she worked closely with colleagues in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, China and Vietnam to develop programmes and raise funding across a wide range of sectors including maternal and child health, HIV and AIDS and education.  Laura is particularly interested in development programming focusing on gender, behaviour change and capacity building in developing countries.

Catharine Langrish

Trustee
Catharine Langrish

Catharine is a charity fundraising specialist, and currently works part-time as the Development Manager at The Brooke, as well as being an Associate Consultant for Purple Vision.  Catharine has been fundraising since 1995 for charities of all types, sizes and objectives, including Rethink, Sue Ryder Care, the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust and international charities such as The Resource Alliance, Minority Rights Group, and CIIR (now Progressio).  Catharine holds a MA Peace Studies (1998) and a MSc in Charity Fundraising and Marketing.

Trustee Development and Partnerships
Grace Makonyola – Registered Midwife

Grace is currently acting as volunteer project manager for the development of our integrated maternal health programme in Zomba, Malawi.  Grace is  is a trained nurse, midwife and health visitor with first-hand experience of practising in Africa as a nurse-midwife. She was previously an Assistant Director for community services within a London provider organisation where her work focused on transforming community nursing services.  Grace’s professional interests include health promotion and improving the quality of patient care, experience and outcomes. Within Maternity Worldwide, Grace is responsible for nurturing new developments and liaising with potential partners.

Trustee - Secretary and Fundraising
Mary Russell Bsc (Hons) RN RHV MA

Mary works in a senior role in public health in London with a focus on health promotion, disease prevention and addressing inequalities in health.  Mary has a background in nursing and health visiting, which she still practices, and an  interest in maternal and child health and wellbeing.  Mary has a specialist interest in domestic violence.  She has been a member of the Westminster Domestic Violence Forum since its inception in 1997 and has been its Chair for almost a decade.  Within Maternity Worldwide, Mary is Secretary to the Board of Trustees and takes the lead on fundraising at a strategic and local level.

Trustee
Prof Andrew Shennan MBBS MD FRCOG

Andrew Shennan is Professor of Obstetrics at King’s College London, based at St. Thomas’ Hospital.  He is clinical lead of the Maternal and Fetal Research Unit, and specialises in clinical trials in antenatal and intrapartum care.  His research interests include interventions to prevent preterm birth, pre-eclampsia, encourage normal birth and the use of blood pressure monitoring.  He chaired the Department of Health Committee on Blood Pressure Monitoring in clinical practice, and sits on the relevant committees for the International Standardisation Organization (ISO) and the British Hypertension Society (BHS).  He also advises the World Health Organisation (WHO) on perinatal research.

Trustee
Beth Silver

Beth Silver is a qualified solicitor, who trained in the City and now works in-house at Barclays Bank.  She is a member of the Civil Justice Council, an advisory public body which promotes the needs of civil justice in England and Wales.   She previously served as a Director of Camden Plus Credit Union for four years (which included just over a year as the Chair of the Board).  Beth joined the Maternity Worldwide Board in December 2013.

Trustee Treasurer
Jane Smith B Com CA

Jane is the Finance Manager and Deputy Chief Executive of Brighton University Students’ Union.  She is a Chartered Accountant whose career has spanned the private and public sectors in a variety of senior finance roles.  Jane has two young sons and has a particular interest in issues affecting children and families.  She was, until recently, governor of a primary school in Brighton.  Jane takes a lead on Strategic and Financial Planning.

Join our Board

We are currently look for Board members with experience in Fundraising, HR or Marketing.  If you feel that you have the skills that will help us continue saving lives in childbirth please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected] with your CV and the role you would like to fulfil.