More Information on the SG & Advisors

The Steering Group

Katherine Hales

Katherine Hales

National co-ordinator

ARM member since 1994.

I have been a midwife for 25 years and an ARM member since before then. I have a strong belief that good maternity care is a feminist issue. I have worked in the NHS in hospital, community and MLU in rural Northumberland. In addition to my NHS work, I have also been an independent midwife for a small caseload since 2002.

Irene Walton

Irene Walton

Membership Secretary

ARM member since 1979.

I was a midwifery academic now retired and my passion is women and midwifery. I firmly believe that women should have true informed choice be treated as a fellow adult human being and most particularly have continuity of carer and gentle, compassionate care. I believe that the maternity services should be properly funded and care delivered against National standards with home birth and independent midwifery available everywhere with midwives in charge of their own profession at all levels. ARM is in my opinion the most active and best placed organisation to take this forward.

Linda Wylie

Linda Wylie

Treasurer/Sales

ARM member since 1979.

I recently retired as midwife lecturer in Scotland. Still active within Midwifery and the ARM, I’m keen to promote social media as a means of encouraging networking between the world’s Midwives

Lisa-Marie South

Lisa-Marie South

Editor Midwifery Matters

ARM member since 2013.

I’m a community midwife for the NHS, editor of Midwifery Matters and earth-loving mum of two.

Nicky Grace

Nicky Grace

Website Editor

ARM member since 1997.

I joined ARM as a student midwife in 1997 and have been a hospital, community and independent midwife. I’m passionate about the human rights of women in childbirth and love being present at home births assisting women in having undisturbed births. I help run the fabulous Nottingham Home Birth group and enjoy facilitating birth preparation classes and other courses for childbearing women and birth workers.

Ishbel Kargar

Ishbel Kargar

Honorary Member

ARM member since 1981.

I started nurse training in 1948 and qualified in 1951, followed by the 6 month Part 1 Midwifery training which I completed early 1952. I was then was away from practice for 25 years living in Iran bringing up my family before completing my midwifery training in 1980 (Part 2 Midwifery). I joined ARM at that time and I’m very passionate about our aims. I have undertaken many roles including National Secretary and Magazine Editor. Now in my 80s, I do less work running ARM tables at conferences and study days, but still participate in meetings and I’m active online.

Pam Dorling

Pam Dorling

ARM member since 2001.

The births of my first two children inspired me to enter midwifery and I had a third child after completing my training. I was ARM delegate to the International Confederation of Midwives from 2004-2008. ARM and its members have been a continual source of support, inspiration and friendship throughout my working days and beyond.

Becky Millar

Becky Millar

ARM member since 2009.

I qualified as a midwife in 2011 and work as a midwife and Supervisor of Midwives in an alongside Midwife Led Unit. I’m passionate about encouraging normality (particularly within the NHS) promoting women’s choices and supporting midwives.

Bev Jervis

Bev Jervis

ARM member since 2005.

Qualifying as a direct entry midwife in 2006, I practised across all clinical areas but my background and passion is with case loading, continuity and homebirth after working for over two years in a home birth team. I also taught midwifery at the University of Salford before moving into my current role with One-to-One midwives. I’m studying for a PhD.

Lesley Price

Lesley Price

I am a retired midwife since January 31st 2017. I qualified in 1977 and found my midwifery journey one of continually learning and unlearning as a research based practitioner working in both NHS hospital and community setting. I was also a supervisor of midwives for over 15 years, privileged to support women and midwives.
Being a member of ARM played a vital role in supporting me and developing my skills and expertism. I have met many superb midwives and student midwives who shared their stories, skills and wisdom at arm study days,retreats and national meetings. Wigan Arm(WARM) has been my local group for 15 years and we have organised and ran 13 successful study days.

Hilary Rosser

Hilary Rosser

ARM member since 1996.

I became a midwife as a result of my own positive birth experiences. I found like-minded midwives in ARM when doing midwifery training in 1995 and I’ve undertaken a number of ARM roles including delegate to the International Confederation of Midwives and ARM treasurer. I’ve worked as a caseloading midwife for the One to One service in Sheffield and as an NHS community midwife and I’m currently a research midwife.

The Advisors to the Steering Group

Mavis Kirkham

Mavis Kirkham

Founder member of ARM, now retired but still writing and doing some research.

Margaret Jowitt

Margaret Jowitt

ARM member since 1991.

Ever since the birth of my third child in 1991, I have worked towards making birth a safer and more rewarding experience for mothers and their babies. After a first degree in music and psychology, I gained an MPhil from Keele in 1998, researching into Mothers’ Experience of Birth at Home and in Hospital.

I edited Midwifery Matters from 1996 to 2015. I’ve written two books, Childbirth Unmasked (1993) and Dynamic Positions in Birth (2014) and designed the Osborne Kneeling Chair.

Sarah Davies

Sarah Davies

ARM member since 1980.

ARM was a lifeline for me as a student midwife in Manchester in the early 80s. I qualified in 1982, then worked in a variety of midwifery roles including independently. I am now a senior midwifery lecturer at the University of Salford. I have always considered birth to be a deeply political issue and have published numerous papers on various midwifery topics. My most recent research looked at the traumatic experiences of student midwives. I love working with the midwives of the future and they are a constant source of inspiration!

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