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Professor Lisa Bayliss-Pratt

Professor Lisa Bayliss-Pratt

Programme Director

Professor Lisa Bayliss-Pratt

Professor Lisa Bayliss-Pratt

Programme Director

Professor Lisa Bayliss-Pratt has worked in healthcare in both the private and public spheres for over 20 years. In her role as Chief Nurse at Health Education England, Lisa transformed nurse education and championed the development and implementation of the Nursing Associate role. She has and continues to be integral to the development of modern nursing both in the UK and on an international scale. Today, she is the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Health and Life Sciences at Coventry University and leads the Nursing Now Challenge - a global movement to provide leadership development training for early-career nurses and midwives which has successfully recruited over 37,000 people globally.

Professor-Grace-Edwards

Professor Grace Edwards

Professor of Midwifery Education and Practice

Professor-Grace-Edwards

Professor Grace Edwards

Professor of Midwifery Education and Practice

In 1974 I commenced my nurse training and quickly realised that my heart lay in midwifery. I qualified as a midwife in 1978 working as a hospital midwife and a community midwife for 12 years during which time I completed the Advanced Diploma of Midwifery and the Certificate in Education. I took up post as a midwife teacher in 1988 and completed a Masters in Education. In 1993 I was appointed Regional Co-ordinator for CESDI (the Confidential Enquiry into Stillbirths and Deaths in Infancy), a post I held until 2002. During this time, I completed a PhD on Peoples Perceptions of Healthy Pregnancy. In 2002 I was employed as one of the first Consultant Midwives in the UK, specialising in Public Health in Liverpool UK working around all aspects of deprivation and inequalities that affect pregnant women and their families and accepted a joint appointment as Principal Lecturer in midwifery research at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) UK. In 2005 I was appointed as national midwifery assessor for the Confidential Enquiry into Maternal and Child Health for maternal mortality. I was recruited to work in the UAE in 2008, firstly as the Midwifery Research and Development Specialist at Al Wasl Hospital (now Latifa Hospital) in Dubai and in January 2011 as Assistant Director of Nursing and Midwifery with responsibility for leading the first 18-month midwifery education programme and coordinating research trials at the Corniche hospital in Abu Dhabi. In 2016 I was appointed to my present post as the Aga Khan University Foundation Professor of Midwifery to lead on midwifery education and practice for AKU in East Africa and in 2017, I was awarded an Honorary post as Professor of Midwifery at Salford University UK. I was also inducted as a fellow of the Royal College of Midwives and a senior fellow of Advance HE, the Higher Education Academy in the UK.

Hannah-Finch

Hannah Finch

Director of External Relations

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Hannah-Finch

Hannah Finch

Director of External Relations

While studying for her Masters in International Relations - International Security at Sciences Po, Paris, Hannah discovered a passion for global health and innovation in health care.

Since then, Hannah has worked for several international NGOs, developing and implementing communication campaigns to promote the prevention of malaria, tuberculosis, and non-communicable diseases. Hannah's in-country experience includes Burkina Faso, Ecuador, Ethiopia, France, Gabon, and Nigeria.

In April 2019, Hannah joined the Nursing Now team to manage the development and implementation of the Nursing Now and Nightingale Challenge communications. Hannah is now the Director of External Relations for the Nursing Now Challenge.

Andrea-Latham

Andrea Latham

Project Officer

Andrea-Latham

Andrea Latham

Project Officer

Andrea is a MSc graduate from Warwick Business School with expertise in project management tools and methodologies, having supported the successful completion of a variety of projects. Through completing the Future Leader Experiences Common Purpose Programme and having travelled widely across Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa and America, she is passionate about promoting the importance of leadership development for student and early-career nurses and midwives to improve health systems globally.

Dr-Sally-Pezaro

Dr Sally Pezaro

Dr-Sally-Pezaro

Dr Sally Pezaro

Dr Sally Pezaro is a Fellow of the Royal College of Midwives (FRCM), a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) and an editorial board member of the British Journal of Midwifery, Evidence Based Midwifery, MIDIRS and the International Journal of Childbirth. She is also a mentor of Mary Seacole Leadership Awardees and the Council of Deans of Health 150 Leaders, and a panellist on the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s fitness to practise Investigating Committee. Furthermore, Dr Pezaro is the lead midwife for www.hEDSTogether.com and an invited member of the Ehlers-Danlos Society's International Consortium.  

Dr Pezaro has experience working as a midwife clinically in the United Kingdom, the Gambia and Ethiopia. Reflecting on her own experiences, Dr Pezaro ensures that her work now in research and academia remains challenge led. Dr Pezaro won a 'Midwives Award' from the Iolanthe Midwifery Trust in 2021. In 2019, Dr Pezaro was honoured with a first prize award from the Royal Society of Medicine in 'Leading and inspiring excellence in maternity care' and was also first runner-up for the British Journal of Midwifery's 'Midwife of the Year' 2019. The overriding vision for Dr Pezaro’s ongoing work is to secure psychologically safe professional journeys and excellence in health care.