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, main author of the H.E. textbook ‘The Media Student’s Book’ (5th edition 2010 www.mediastudentsbook.com) and involved with several South Wales arts organisations. She, like Annie Tunnicliffe, feels lucky to have lived in a country where having and raising children, and enjoying grandchildren, is a relatively safe experience.
Colin Kidner (Treasurer)
Colin Kidner is a retired science teacher. He works part-time as a vision therapist. His passions are paragliding, cruising the East Coast in a Wayfarer and jazz. Colin is Safer Birth In Chad’s resident solar power expert.
Dorothy Turner has worked in the NHS for over 47 years. Senior posts include Director of Midwifery and Gynaecology at Guy’s Hospital London; Supervisor of Midwives at three Maternity Units; clinical teaching and mentoring of Student Midwives and ‘Return to Midwifery Practice’ midwives. She is a founder member of The Nurses Association of Jamaica UK. (N.A.J.UK.) and was awarded the Jamaican Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation for service to the Jamaican community in UK, 2003. Interests: family, church, travel and the theatre.
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 was awarded 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.