Meet the midwifery panel
Our midwifery panel plays a hugely important role in giving us the straight-talking, high-level advice we need to make decisions that affect midwives and mothers right across the UK.
Established in November 2015, the panel meets four times a year and their discussions, debates and decisions are reported to our Council.
All of this work means that the voice of midwifery has a direct impact on the decisions we make.
Read the Midwifery Panel terms of reference to find out more about their purpose.
Meet the members of the panel
The panel is made up of the Chief Nursing Officers from the four countries of the UK, representatives from our Council, the Royal College of Midwives and other leading midwifery figures.
Dr Anna van der Gaag CBE - Midwifery Panel Chair
Dr Anne Wright CBE - Lay member, NMC Council
Lorna Tinsley - Registrant member, NMC Council
Professor Charlotte McArdle - Chief Nursing Officer for Northern Ireland
Professor Ann Holmes - Chief Midwifery Advisor and Associate Chief Nursing Officer for the Scottish Government
Professor Jean White CBE - Chief Nursing Officer for Wales
Professor Jane Cummings - Chief Nursing Officer for England
Dr Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent OBE - Head of Maternity, Children and Young People at NHS England and National Maternity Safety Champion for the Department of Health
Gill Walton - Chief Executive, Royal College of Midwives
Donna Ockenden - Senior Midwifery Adviser, NMC
Professor Mary Renfrew FRSE - University of Dundee
Cath Broderick - Lay member
Professor Janice Sigsworth - Director of Nursing at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
Lord Willis of Knaresborough - Member of the House of Lords
Leigh Kendall FRSA - Maternity campaigner and communications expert
Logan Van Lessen RN, RM, BSc, MSc - Consultant Midwife (Public Health)
Professor Tracy Humphrey - Chair of the Council of Deans for Health UK Future of Midwifery group
Nicky Clark - Chair of Lead Midwife for Education Strategic Reference Group
Sascha Wells-Munro - Maternity Improvement Advisor, NHS Improvement
Karen Jewell - Nursing Officer for Maternity and Early Years, Office of the CNO Wales
Jacqui Williams MA, BSc(Hons), RM ADM, Dip AppSS - Senior Midwifery Education Advisor, Nursing and Midwifery Council
Verena Wallace MBE - Midwifery Officer at Public Health Agency Northern Ireland
Maxine Spencer - Director of Midwifery, St Thomas' Hospital