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Iolanthe Midwifery Trust are seeking a Student Representative - November 2017

Recruiting a Student Representative for the Iolanthe Midwifery Trust

The Iolanthe Midwifery Trust’s (IMT) aim is to promote and improve the care of mothers, babies and families through awarding grants and fellowships in support of midwifery education, practice and research. Find out more at

We are looking for a student midwife representative to sit on our Board as a non-voting member. This is an exciting opportunity to work with experienced midwives, maternity academics and birth activists. The successful applicant will need to be able to commit to attending 3 meetings per year, usually in London, and about 2-4 hours of work per month. The role is voluntary but we will pay expenses, including reasonable childcare costs.

The role is open to all UK midwifery students with at least a year left to run on an undergraduate or postgraduate pre-registration course.  It will entail:

  • Publicising student awards and engaging students with the work of the Iolanthe. This will predominantly be through social media and University networks (such as MidSocs and NSU). We are particularly looking for someone with good social marketing skills.
  • Advising and innovating on what the IMT does for students. The successful candidate will understand and promote the core values of the IMT. It is desirable that the student has experience of student representation or other activity to engage stakeholders and other groups.

You will be required to demonstrate initiative. Mentorship by a board member will be offered as part of the role to help you to develop leadership and management skills.

To Apply:

Please email a short (1-2 sides A4) covering letter and brief CV to telling us why you would like to work with us and what ideas and skills you can contribute.

Applications should reach us no later than noon on Friday 8th December 2017.  We may request an informal telephone interview in the week of 11th December 2017. Please feel free to ask any questions by email to

Celebrating Inspirational Midwives - September 2017

Award Winners 2017 with Baroness Cumberlege









From research into communication between fathers and midwives, to genetic markers predisposing women to post-natal depression; from challenges facing pregnant women in prison to the use of British Sign Language by midwives: just a few of the inspiring projects undertaken by Iolanthe Midwifery Trust Award Winners 2017.

On 28th September 2017, the Award Celebration was hosted by the King's College London Department of Midwifery at the spectacular Bush House. Baroness Cumberlege, patron of the Iolanthe Midwifery Trust and chair of the National Maternity Review, presented certificates to midwives and student midwives who had received financial awards to support their professional development with the aim of improving maternity care for the benefit of women, babies and families.

Sheena Byrom OBE, Chair of Trustees said "We are delighted to announce 22 worthy award winners this year - almost double the 12 winners we had last year. The quality of the projects was extremely high and it is always difficult to choose which ones will be funded. Topics funded this year included providing support to vulnerable women such as pregnant refugees and those with mental health problems. We congratulate the hugely impressive work of the award winners. It is a privilege to be able to support such dedicated midwives."

The newly elected President of the Royal College of Midwives, Kathryn Gutteridge, gave an inspirational talk on the meaning of being a midwife and the qualities of success.

Special guests included Professor Jacqueline Dunkley Bent, Head of Maternity, Children and Young People at NHS England and visiting Professor of Midwifery at King’s College London. Elizabeth Duff, former Iolanthe Executive Director and Senior Policy Advisor at NCT presented an award in her name, given to projects which support the midwife-mother relationship.

Award winner Laura Abbott from the University of Hertfordshire gave a powerful account of her work with pregnant women in prisons and Sarah Scarlett, a student midwife from the University of West Scotland gave an interactive talk to show how learning British Sign Language helps her give midwifery care to deaf women.

Iolanthe Midwifery Trust are seeking a new Lay Trustee - UPDATE - this position is now filled - August 2017

The Iolanthe Midwifery Trust aims to promote and improve the care of mothers, babies, parents and families through awarding grants and fellowships in support of midwifery education, practice and research. 

We are now seeking a new Lay Trustee to provide a maternity service user perspective on the work of the Iolanthe Midwifery Trust.

Working with the Midwife Trustees, currently the minimum time commitment is the equivalent of around half a day a month, including attendance at two London-based Trustee day long meetings each year (usually March and October/November). The Lay Trustee is also a member of the judging panel for the awards. This involves reading applications on line and marking them using an online assessment proforma. Through the rest of the year, the Trustees chiefly engage with each other through email to assist in other activities which may include raising awareness of the Trust on social media, developing the website and recruiting new members of the team.

We welcome applications from people who work in a lay capacity with pregnant women or who are familiar with maternity services and the role of midwives.  For example, you could be a doula, a maternity services user representative or a peer supporter.  We are looking for someone with a passion for improving maternity care, who is enthusiastic and enjoys working in a team.

The Iolanthe Midwifery Trust is an inclusive charity and we are committed to equality of opportunity for all staff, trustees and award applicants. We are keen to ensure that the Board becomes more reflective of the cultural and racial diversity of the community we serve.  Applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships

UPDATE: This position has now been filled