The Trustees of Iolanthe Midwifery Trust have appointed Dr Jacque Gerrard as their new Chair and Mars Lord their new Vice-Chair.
Dr Jacque Garrard qualified as a registered nurse in Glasgow in 1981, before qualifying as a midwife in Bradford in 1983.
Jacque then took on a number of Head of Midwifery roles and was an Associate Director of Nursing from 1992-2008.
She then became Director for England for the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), leading the RCM’s professional agenda contributing towards policy development – the promotion of evidence-based midwifery practice for safer and high quality maternity care.
In addition to becoming Chair of Iolanthe Midwifery Trust, Jacque is also the Patron of Mummy’s Star and an Ambassador for the Mariposa Trust.
“I have been proud to be part of the Iolanthe Midwifery Trust as a trustee, supporting midwives and students to improve care for mothers and babies.
“Now to be elected and appointed Chair is an enormous privilege,” Dr Jacque Gerrard said.
The new Vice-Chair, Mars Lord, has worked in maternity care for over 10 years.
After attending a doula course, she discovered a passion for birth and supporting women which has led her to working with hundreds of birthing women.
Her work has given her the opportunity to speak at conferences and lead workshops at events such as Mumsnet’s Bumpfest, Doula UK Conference and Feminism in London.
Before taking up the role as Vice-Chair, Mars became Iolanthe Midwifery Trust’s Lay Trustee in 2017 and played a big role in introducing the Dora Opoku Awards for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic midwives and students.
Mars Lord said: “I am so pleased and proud to be a part of the Iolanthe Midwifery Trust. The work that we do, giving midwives and student midwives support and encouragement is so important. I’m looking forward to supporting Jacque as her Vice-Chair and to continuing the work of Iolanthe, alongside the rest of our incredible board of Trustees.”
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