Our Board of Trustees


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.

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Posy Bidwell PhD

Posy has worked extensively on issues affecting human resources for health in low and middle income countries. She has also worked in several African countries. Posy is a qualified midwife and has a long standing commitment to improving maternal health in Africa. She firmly believes that every mother and newborn have access to high quality, cost-effective care.

Dr 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.

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Trustee – Treasurer
Lesley French

Lesley is a qualified accountant with thirty years experience of financial management in businesses and charities around the world.  Her three children were born in; London, Papua New Guinea, and Zimbabwe, so she has first hand knowledge of the issues that Maternity Worldwide is addressing.  She has a Masters degree in Voluntary Sector Management from Cass Business School and currently works for a charitable foundation in South London.

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Catherine Hodgson

Catherine is the Chief Executive of a charity providing support to people with cancer and other life-threatening conditions (a 2015 recipient of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service – the MBE for charities).  She is also a volunteer Consultant with the Cranfield Trust and the Trustee of an educational trust.  Her specialisms are charity governance and grant fundraising.

Anna Hosking

Anna has worked in International Development for the last nine years.  In her most recent role, she was working in Malawi for two years as the Programme Director of an Maternal, Newborn and Child Health programme.  She has also worked in Uganda and Swaziland on Malaria and HIV and AIDS programmes.  She has a Masters of Public Health (International) and a BA in International Development.  Anna is currently training to be a Social Worker in Bradford and hopes one day to support the development of social work in Africa.

Dr Oliver Long

We are pleased to welcome Oliver who has recently joined our Board, more details to follow shortly.


Cathy Read

Cathy is a public health doctor with extensive experience in public health strategy, policy and implementation. She has a background in health advocacy and communications and is interested in access to health and healthcare and health system strengthening. Cathy also leads a health partnership, the King’s Somaliland Partnership and is a visiting Senior Lecturer at the King’s Centre for Global Health.

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 over twelve years. Within Maternity Worldwide, Mary is Secretary to the Board of Trustees and the Ethiopia lead.

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.

Join us…

We are looking for professional volunteers to join our sub-groups with experience in Marketing & PR, Maternal Health, International Development or Fundraising. 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 vacancies@maternityworldwide.org with your CV and the role you would like to fulfil.