Protecting human rights in childbirth

Birthrights to appoint four new Trustees

After an external recruitment process, Birthrights is delighted to announce the appointment of four new Trustees, who will formally join the Board in January 2021. Almost 70 people with a wide range of personal and professional experiences applied for the roles, which were advertised following a Board diversity and skills audit earlier in 2020.

The four new Trustees are Alix Anderson (Secretary), Indy Cross, Mars Lord and Sandra Igwe (full biographies below). Birthrights would like to thank Deborah Crewe, who stood down at the October Board meeting, for her tireless service to the charity since it was founded in 2013, as first Treasurer and then Secretary.

Chair of Birthrights, Elizabeth Prochaska, commented:

“I’m thrilled to have found such brilliant new Board members to join our existing expert Trustees. Thanks to everyone who shared and applied for the roles. We were overwhelmed by the response and delighted to have such a strong pool of candidates with diverse backgrounds, skills and experiences.”

Biographies

Alix Anderson is Chief of Staff at Unicef UK. She has been working with Chief Executives and their teams for 10 years across both the travel and charity sectors. She brings experience of charity governance from both Unicef UK and Comic Relief where she has worked closely with the Board of Trustees. Alix has a young daughter and is passionate about advocating for human rights during pregnancy and childbirth.

Indy Cross is a communications specialist with nearly two decades of experience in marketing, influencing, policy, internal/external comms and fundraising. Currently Head of Communicatons for criminal justice charity Spark Inside, Indy has built a varied career that includes work for the Government Equalities Office; entrepreneur and Dragons’ Den star Peter Jones’ Foundation; and the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games and the London 2012 Festival & Cultural Olympiad. Indy​ has a young son and feels strongly about advocating for care and respect during pregnancy and childbirth. 

Mars Lord is a coach and birth activist. A triple award winning doula, mentor, educator and coach with over 15 years’ experience, Mars is in high demand, both in the UK and across the world, as a speaker and trainer. Mars created Abuela Doulas a doula preparation course primarily, but not exclusively, for Black and Brown women, and is the Founder of BLA (Black Lives Abuela) Scholarship. This scholarship is to help Black women who wish to become doulas to train and not be held back by socio-economic disadvantage. She is Inclusion Consultant to several large companies causing them to look deep into their practise to make systemic and structural change.

Sandra Igwe is the Founder of The Motherhood Group, a platform to support the black motherhood experience, through events and workshops, peer-to-peer digital support, through advocacy and campaigning. Sandra pioneered through The Motherhood Group UK’s first awareness week highlighting black women’s maternal mental health – Black Maternal Mental Health Week UK. Sandra is also a bestselling children’s author that explores the feelings of young children through rhyming picture books. She’s also a speaker who campaigns for maternal mental health.

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