Dr. Grace Kodindo (Patron)
Grace Kodindo is a leading expert in the improvement of maternal health services. She practised general medicine and obstetrics and gynecology in her home country of Chad for thirty years and has served as a reproductive health consultant for WHO, UNICEF and UNFPA in Chad. In 2000 she won the FIGO/Columbia Univeristy Mailman School of Public Health ‘Distinguished Community Service Award for Emergency Obstetric Care’. Grace was the inspiration for the Safer Birth in Chad Foundation and returned to that country in 2013.
Ann Pettitt (Chair)
Ann Pettitt has worked as a teacher and advice worker, and now runs a small tile-making business. Ann has been involved with several campaigns, from anti-nuclear to better access for walkers and cyclists. She lives in rural Wales and is a keen gardener and painter.
Gill Branston (Secretary)
Gill Branston is an academic; is the main author of the H.E. textbook ‘The Media Student’s Book’ (5th edition 2010 www.mediastudentsbook.com) and is on the Board of Chapter Arts, Cardiff (www.chapter.org) . She, like Annie, feels lucky to live in a country where having and raising children, and enjoying grandchildren, is a relatively safe experience.
Dorothy Turner is the founder member of NAJUK, which affiliated to SBIC in 2007. She has had a long and distinguished career working in midwifery services in London’s hospitals, in the course of which she has trained many midwives. Midwifery is her passion, and this has led to her commitment to SBIC and its work with the midwives of Chad.
Gill Humble (Treasurer)
Gill taught in London; trained teachers to provide an effective education for refugees and asylum seekers; and supported parent-run community and voluntary organisations, recently retiring as the City of London’s Director of Family and Young People’s Services. She lives in Devon where she pursues her interests in the countryside, watersports and the arts. She has 3 adult children, including twins, and feels lucky to have had excellent NHS midwives and medical professionals available when needed.
Paulette Lewis M.B.E. (Fund raising)
Paulette Lewis has worked in the NHS for over 30 years holding senior posts including Director of Midwifery Services and Director of Nursing. Paulette is currently a Commissioner for Maternity Services. In 2000, she received a Silver Award for Excellence from the NHS and in 2002 a ‘Social and Humanitarian Award’ from the European Federation of Black Women Business Owners. Paulette is President of the Nurses Association of Jamaica, UK.
Annie initially trained as a teacher but now runs her own business working as an organisational consultant, group facilitator, coach, counsellor and supervisor. She has been active in campaigning from nuclear disarmament to climate change. She has two sons and two grandchildren and feels fortunate to have lived in a country where having children is relatively safe. Her interests (apart from family and friends) are politics, art, theatre, literature and driving around the country in a campervan!
Dr Comfort Momoh M.B.E.
Comfort Momoh is a midwife, and a specialist in Female Genital Mutilation and Public Health Specialist at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust Hospitals, London. She has dedicated her professional life to helping women who have been maimed by FGM, through public education on the issue, and by aiding them to cope with the results, including help with reversing the procedure. She is actively involved with SBICF and was part of a training visit there in 2012.