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Yvonne Bronsky

Yvonne Bronsky

Forum Chair 

Registered Midwife

Yvonne began her midwifery career in 1984 and has been passionate ever since around women’s choices being met and within a setting of their choice. She has worked in all areas within maternity services with her main area of passion being in the community. She has a vast amount of managerial experience both with maternity services and general hospital services.

Up until recently she was the Local Supervising Authority Midwifery Officer for Scotland and continues to have a keen interest and involvement in ensuring and evidencing that midwives are supported and encouraged to be fit to practice and that maternity services are meeting the needs of the women they serve.

Outside work Yvonne enjoys walking, running and socialising with friends and family.

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Judy Evans

Registered Midwife and Registered Nurse

Judy Evans is a practising registered midwife and nurse. She has a wide range of midwifery experience in low, high risk and community settings both in the UK & overseas; latterly working in education but now predominantly as a flexible worker. Clinical practical skills are maintained as both an RM and RN which ensures, ‘I keep my feet on the ground and be up to date'. She continues working with students in both a mentor and assessing role, realising students are the future in providing women-centred and holistic care for the women and their families.

Currently Judy sits on the advisory panel for the 'Maternity Midwifery Forum' which provides free conferences UK wide. Her main passion is continuing professional development.

Outside pursuits include being an active member of the Soroptimist International of Great Britain and Ireland; their mission being ‘to inspire action and create opportunities to transform the lives of women and girls through a global network of members and international partnerships’.

Walking (mostly in Yorkshire) is a favourite, with cinema and reading for relaxation.

Jessica Read

Deputy Chief Midwifery Officer for England, NHS England and NHS Improvement

Jess began her midwifery career in 1985 having been trained by the same Nursing Order of Nuns who were recently featured in the popular Call the Midwife television series. Jess has worked across all aspects of the maternity services with experience in community midwifery and promotion of home birth to managing a busy labour ward, birth centre and community services. 

Jess has a strong interest in supporting midwives to promote midwifery led care and increase rates of normal birth. In 2011 Jess took up the role of LSA midwifery officer for London and led the LSA team to achieve full compliance with the Standards for Statutory Supervision across London in 2014.

Jess is currently the Chair of the LSAMO Forum UK and a member of the London Maternity Clinical Network Clinical Network Leadership Group. Jess has worked as a quality assurer for the NMC and is a member of the Editorial Board of the British Journal of Midwifery. 

Away from work Jess enjoys everything about the sea; walking by it, swimming in it, and surfing on it, usually with family and Border Collie Zack.

Patricia Lindsay

Registered Midwife

Pat did her nurse training in London in 1970 then trained as a midwife. She has been a practising midwife since 1974, and a midwifery teacher since 1991. She has worked in the UK and in the Sultanate of Oman. 

Pat was awarded a doctorate in health care by King’s College University of London in 2011 and was Lead Midwife for Education at Anglia Ruskin University until the end of August 2014. She was Project Midwife at Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust from August 2015 to October 2017 

Her doctoral thesis was on incident reporting in maternity care and she has presented posters on this topic at national and international conferences. Her interests are patient safety in maternity care, women’s mental health and support worker training. 

Angela Cartwright

Specialty Registrar, Public Health.  Acting Consultant in Communicable Disease Control

I trained in Staffordshire and qualified as a direct entry midwife in  2000. She worked in a variety of inpatient maternity areas  including antenatal/postnatal, intrapartum and  transitional care, also working as the midwife lead for women with epilepsy.

My career then took me to a specialist role in infant feeding, providing direct  clinical care to families who faced difficulties with  breastfeeding, plus developing education and  standards for health care teams. In 2005, I gained the International Board Certified Lactation  Consultant qualification and have maintained this,  providing educational support for others to take  the exams.

Working in the community setting provided the opportunity to develop skills  and experience in other areas of women's and  children's health, including safeguarding, perinatal  mental health, obesity prevention and working with volunteers. I completed a master's degree in  Public Health in 2016, and currently work as a Speciality  Registrar in Public Health in the West Midlands.

I am particularly interested in health inequalities, population health and  evidence based care. I am also working on initiatives around  maintaining staff health and well-being.

Andrea Stebbings

Midwifery Lecturer

Andrea worked as a healthcare assistant before she trained as a nurse in 1989 in Kingston,Surrey.  She competed her midwifery training at Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea Hospital in 1996 and has worked in a variety of roles and clinical areas. These  include managing antenatal services, labour ward co-ordinator and practice development.

In addition to her practice Andrea was appointed as Advisory Faculty and an instructor with ALSO(UK) from 1999 – 2016. Andrea has always had a strong interest in professional regulation which developed from when she was a Supervisor of Midwives. This led her to be appointed as an independent Fitness to Practise panelist with the NMC from 2009-2017.

Andrea currently works in education where she leads on modules on professional practice, A-EQUIP and family planning. Andrea undertakes expert witness work on an independent basis.  Andrea is passionate about enabling staff to be the best they can be and encouraging their engagement in woman centred care, practice and the wider healthcare and policy agenda’s.


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