“It has been a huge privilege to lead Birthrights over the past three years – delivering work to ensure that all women matter in childbirth. Thanks to the support of our staff, Board, volunteers, donors, fundraisers and the many midwives and doctors we work with we have achieved more over the past five years than our Chair and Founder Elizabeth Prochaska and I believed possible when we set up our kitchen table organisation.
I am proud that we now have a team of five part-time staff and will enjoy the support of the Esmee Fairbairn and Baring Foundations over the coming years. With their commitment we have been able to develop plans to focus on the human rights challenges faced by women facing severe and multiple disadvantage, disabled women and those with mental capacity issues over the next three years. We will continue to provide free advice and resources to those who need it, deliver more training to midwives and doctors and ensure local and national maternity policy is lawful and rights-based – always insisting that the diversity of women’s voices, experiences and needs guides our work.
I will be leaving my post as CEO at the end of September 2018 to focus on my writing, speaking and consulting work. It has been a difficult decision but I believe it’s now time to hand over the day-to-day running of Birthrights to energetic and experienced new leadership who will bring the skills needed to continue to develop our work, deepen our impact and ensure we build a robust and sustainable organisation to support women and those who care for them for years to come.
I will continue to work very closely with the staff team, our funders and volunteers in my new role on the Birthrights Board of Trustees. I look forward to continuing to be a Birthrights spokesperson and contributing to our work in a number of different ways. This is an exciting new chapter for Birthrights and we look forward to sharing it with our dedicated friends and supporters.”