Board of Trustees

CMACE is overseen by a Board of Trustees. 

Professor James Walker (Chair)

Jimmy is Professor in the University Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at St James’ University Hospital in Leeds. He was appointed as Chair of CEMACH in April 2009 when it was a unit within the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (RCOG) and guided the transition to CMACE and independent charity status in July 2009. He undertakes a wide range of additional professional activities and has been elected Senior Vice President (International) of the RCOG.

Professor Sir Sabaratnam Arulkumaran

Arul is Professor & Head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at St George’s Hospital Medical School. He is past President of the RCOG and President-elect of the International Federation of Gynecology & Obstetrics (FIGO). He has a broad interest in maternal and perinatal mortality and morbidity, is widely published and is a fellow or member of obstetrics and gynaecology colleges and societies on five continents.

Dr Jean Chapple

Jean studied medicine at Liverpool University and worked in obstetrics and paediatrics before training in public health medicine. Jean then took up a consultant post in London, specialising in maternal and newborn public health. She is currently the child health screening coordinator for London and also a public health training programme director. Jean has been involved with confidential enquiries for the whole of her career, starting with setting up, running, collecting and cleaning data for the Mersey Region Enquiry in 1977 when the perinatal death rate was over 30 per thousand, next setting up an enquiry for North West Thames in 1983 when the perinatal death rate was 20 per thousand and subsequently managing the Confidential Enquiry into Stillbirths and Infancy (CESDI) for North Thames until it went into national CEMACH in April 2003.

Professor Peter Fleming

Peter is Professor of Infant Health and Developmental Physiology at the University of Bristol and practises both as a consultant neonatologist and paediatrician in Bristol. He has played a leading role in national confidential enquiries since 1993, regionally by developing the enquiry in the South West and nationally on major studies including sudden unexpected death in infancy and on childhood mortality.

Ms Sally Jenkinson

Sally is Director of Children’s Services at The Children’s Trust, Tadworth where she has worked for the last 9 years. She has experience as a trustee for the Association for Children’s Palliative Care and the United Kingdom Brain Injury Forum. She has recently been appointed chair of the National Children’s Bureau’s Membership Forum.

Ms Lea Sellers

Lea is a media trainer, television consultant and writer. Drawing on her many years’ experience as a television news and current affairs producer she aims to bring specific media skills to the CMACE Board. As a mother of three children, she will also reflect the perspective of the patient.

Ms Ann Seymour

Ann has aimed to represent the interests of women and children in healthcare for over 20 years through lay membership of local and national committees. Currently, in addition to being a lay trustee of CMACE, she is involved with the work the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and the Association of Paediatric Anaesthetists.

Ms Louise Silverton

Louise has been Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Deputy General Secretary since 1997, responsible for providing UK-wide member services, leading on midwifery regulation and chairs editorial boards for two publications. She is also a co-investigator for Oxford University’s NPEU’s Birthplace study. Trained as a nurse in Leeds and a midwife at the Simpson Memorial Maternity Pavilion, Edinburgh, she has an MSc in Nursing Education, University of Edinburgh. She taught midwifery in the NHS before establishing the first university midwifery diploma course at University College of Swansea. A fellow of the Florence Nightingale Foundation, she was head of maternal and child health at the Nightingale and Guy’s College of Health and is the author of The Art and Science of Midwifery (Prentice Hall).

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