More Information on the SG & Advisors

The ARM Officers, Steering Group and Advisors
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

Nicky Grace

Nicky Grace

Editor Midwifery Matters

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.
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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.

Becky Millar

Becky Millar

Steering Group Member

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.

Hilary Rosser

Hilary Rosser

Steering Group Member

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.

Margaret Jowitt

Margaret Jowitt

Steering Group Member

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.

Catherine Cooper

Catherine Cooper

Steering Group Member

ARM member since 2004

Experienced Midwife, Positive Birth Movement Facilitator, KGHypnobirthing teacher, massage therapist and TBR 3 step rewind practitioner with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & health care industry. Skilled in Hypnobirthing, Practice Development, Midwifery, Natural Childbirth, Therapeutic Massage, NLP and TFT. Strong consulting professional with a Master of Science (MSc) focused in Midwifery from University of Hertfordshire.

Donna Grayson

Donna Grayson

Steering Group Member

ARM member since 1996

I became a midwife later in life after having my own 5 children. I worked within the NHS for many years in a variety of settings including hospitals and community teams, and then for 5 years with One to One Midwives carrying my own case load and giving continuity of care. I have felt very privileged to have supported women through pregnancy and birth and emerge on the other side as parents.
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Kelly Reaynor

Kelly Reaynor

Steering Group Member

Student Midwife
Melinda Pagden

Melinda Pagden

Steering Group Member

ARM member since 2003.

Semi-Retired Midwife
Aromatherapy trainer

Milly Morris

Milly Morris

Steering Group Member

ARM member since 2003.

Independent Midwife and student breastfeeding specialist.
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The Advisors to the Steering Group
Mavis Kirkham

Mavis Kirkham

Founder member of ARM. Emeritus professor of midwifery at Sheffield Hallam University and holds honorary professorial positions at the University of Technology, Sydney, and Auckland University of Technology. Her books include Informed Choice in Maternity Care, Birth Centres: A social model of maternity care, The Midwife/Mother Relationship, and Exploring the Dirty Side of Women’s Health. Since her official retirement, her research has included a study of a “failed” birth centres and a review of stillbirths and neonatal deaths in the care of independent midwives. She is currently collecting stories of births without professional attendants.
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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