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Programme team and Local Development Leads (LDLs)

Each Baby Counts + Learn and Support is being delivered jointly by the RCOG and the RCM and managed by a central project team.

16 Local Development Leads (LDLs), all of whom are midwives or obstetricians, have also been appointed to help deliver the programme.

Together, they will co-design, test and evaluate new approaches to promote a positive and supportive workplace practices, and look after staff wellbeing.

For more information about Each Baby Counts + Learn and Support, please email

Programme team

Aaliya Ali Research Assistant
Ann Morling Midwifery Consultancy Support
Dr Nimarta Dharni Research Fellow
Emma Boyle Programme Manager
Ms Susie Crowe Clinical Lead

Updated 15 September 2021

Local Development Leads (LDLs)

NHS Trust Name and role
Kingston Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Amanda Moules, Midwifery Team Leader Delivery Suite
Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals Foundation Trust Lydia Gerrie, Better Births Midwife
University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust Danielle Freemantle, Lead Practice Educator – Women and Newborn
The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust Dr Nina Johns, Consultant Obstetrician/Maternity Safety Champion
United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust Sam Tinkler, Risk Midwife
East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust Sandra Gosling Clinical Specialist Midwife
Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust Theresa Fitzpatrick, Senior Midwife/Delivery Suite Coordinator
University Hospitals of Morecombe Bay NHS Foundation Trust Amanda Andrews, Quality and Improvement Service Lead
East Cheshire NHS Trust Chloe Hughes, Saving Babies Lives Champion
Wirral University Hospital Trust Dr Libby Shaw, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist – Labour Ward Lead
Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital Hannah Rutter
January–July 2021: Mair Davies
July–September 2021: Trudy Arkinstall
Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust Jill Bellerby, Patient Safety and Quality Midwife
West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust Lydia Gerrie, Midwife
January–July 2021: Zowie Guminska
Medway NHS Foundation Trust May 2019–March 2021: Michelle Keeler
Feb – September 2021: Francesca Whitehead
Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust May 2019–January 2020: Annika Carney, Midwife
February 2020–January 2021: Annie Jukes
January–September 2021: Dr Santhi Chidambaram
Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Dr Susanna Al-Samarrai, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist

Updated 15 September 2021