The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has elected Professor Lesley Page as its new president.

Professor Page was the first professor of midwifery in the UK, at Thames Valley University and Queen Charlotte's Hospital. A renowned international academic and activist for midwives, mothers and babies, she also brings with her 32 years' experience as a midwife.

"I am a midwife's midwife and know that in order to support women and their families midwives themselves need to be supported and nurtured," Professor Page said." I have also been a supervisor of midwives and expert witness, so I can understand and empathise with the most difficult situations that midwives may face on the frontline when things go wrong."

She will take over from the outgoing president, Liz Stephens, on April 2, and will be inaugurated at the RCM's Annual Event in York on June 14.

Speaking of Professor Page's appointment, the RCM's chief executive, Cathy Warwick, said: "Lesley led an innovative and ground-breaking campaign and we were impressed by her use of social media, such as Facebook and LinkedIn, to reach and engage with members. She will bring extensive international academic and clinical experience to the role. She has worked with us as an RCM board member since September 2011. She is enthusiastic, has a strong work ethic and holds passionate and compelling views about the future of midwifery and the RCM. She is a natural leader and advocate for our members." 

Posted by Robert Mair on 5/3/12