International Confederation of Midwives
Director of Learning, Research and Practice Development and
Frances received her professional education in the UK and has been a midwife for over 30 years, having initially trained as a nurse. Her experience spans midwifery clinical practice, education and maternity service management. Since 1998 she has worked with the Royal College of Midwives and now, as a member of the executive management team, holds the post of RCM Director of Learning Research and Practice Development a multi-faceted role, leading the LRPD, centred on education, research and practice.
In addition Frances leads and co-ordinates the RCM’s international activities.
In June 2011, following a three year term as Vice President, Frances was elected as President of the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), a non governmental organisation comprising 102 midwifery associations in 96 countries globally. Frances plays a lead role in the governance of the influential organisation representing midwives, and along with members of the ICM’s executive, holds responsibility for the governance of the ICM, its development and viability.
Her professional interests include, organisation of maternity services, homebirth, promoting normality, new born care and safe motherhood. She has published widely and presented at conferences locally, nationally and internationally.