Our Team

The National Maternity Voices core committee members include:

Maria Booker @mariacbooker  Chair of Epsom and St Helier MVP and service user rep (also Projects Co-ordinator at Birthrights)

Cathy Brewster @MancHomebirth Acting Chair of Stockport MVP, Greater Manchester & Eastern Cheshire MVP Network co-chair, Greater Manchester Homebirth Support Group Chair

Louise Griew, former chair South Warwickshire MSLC 2009-2013, NCT West Midlands Maternity Services User rep support, SWFT Patient Forum member, User rep on Coventry and Warwickshire LMS

Sandra Guise @sandra_jp  West Cumbria NCT Rep & MVP Chair, West Cumbrians’ Voices for Health Care; Cumbria Patient Leaders Collaborative.

Laura James @Jameslaja1 former chair Bromley Maternity Voices (MVP), co-chair of London MVP strategic group, Better Births National Stakeholder Council, NCT antenatal practitioner, NCT VOICES facilitator (MVP training)

Ruth Prentice @N_Ne_LincsMVP Chair Northern Lincolnshire Maternity Voices Partnership, Humber, Coast and Vale LMS board service user rep

Catherine Williams @BerksMaternity Reading Maternity Voices (MVP), Service user member, NCT antenatal practitioner, AIMS, NICE Fellow, Midwifery Unit Network


NHS England Maternity Transformation Programme link:
Lisa Ramsey @Doula_lisa Service User Voice Policy Manager – Maternity Transformation Programme NHS England, former Better Births National Stakeholder Council member 2016-2018, former User Chair Reading Maternity Voices Partnership 2015-2018
Associate members of our team:
Rachel Gardner @RachelEllieG Former Lead of Sheffield MVP, Former director of Sheffield service user charity – Forging Families. Antenatal educator. Research consultant for Sheffield Hallam University
Helen Gray @HelenGrayIBCLC Vice Chair (and former Chair) St George’s Maternity Forum MVP.La Leche League Leader, LLL Clapham.
Rachel James, Service user Rep,Cambridge MVP, PBM facilitator, VBAC peer supporter
Cambridge NCT contact for VBAC & caesarean birth,Director of Caesarean in Focus CIC
Rachel Plachcinski @stroppybrunette Service User Rep, Maternity Mouthpiece (North Kirklees MVP), NCT Antenatal Practitioner, NCT Research Engagement Officer, NCT VOICES Coordinator (MVP training)
Paul Webster @GingeWebster Freelance content-writer, speaker, blogger, advocate for paternal mental health
Ruth Weston @bornstroppy former MSLC chair Bradford and Airedale, AIMS activist.


Our stakeholder community – our stakeholder panel:
We are delighted to work with:
Kate Brian, Women’s Voices Lead, Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists
Kate Brintworth, Head of Maternity Commissioning, North East London
Jen Coates, Director of Volunteering and Bereavement Support, Sands
Kath Evans, Experience of Care Lead, Maternity, Infants, Children & Young People, NHS England
Mary Newburn, Service User Advocate, Network co-Lead – Midwifery Unit Network
Professor Lesley Page, visiting professor in midwifery King’s College London. Adjunct professor UTS and Griffith University, Australia
Rineke Schram, Consultant Obstetrician,
Florence Wilcock, Consultant Obstetrician, Kingston Hospital
Liz Wigley, Maternity Commissioning Manager, Leeds CCGs
National Maternity Voices Terms of Reference

The National Maternity Voices committee has formalised its aims and objectives in the NMV Terms of Reference (PDF 255kb)