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ICM appoints Dr. Sally Pairman, an experienced midwife leader as New Chief Executive

The Hague, Netherlands, 17 January 2017- The International Confederation of Midwives announces the appointment of Dr. Sally Pairman as its new Chief Executive effective 16th January 2017. She succeeds Frances Ganges, who was the Chief Executive for 3 ½ years.

Dr. Sally Pairman new ICM CE

Dr. Sally Pairman, new ICM Chief Executive 

Dr. Sally Pairman brings to ICM more than 33 years of leadership, project management, strategy development, management and implementation, midwifery education and regulation, curriculum development, accreditation and evaluation. She also brings strong skills in advocacy and diplomacy when making the case for midwifery, whether it be for professional autonomy, pay equity, funding or for regulatory structures.

Most recently she was the Professor of Midwifery and Director at the Otago Polytechnic in New Zealand.  She will be known to many in her capacity as co-chair of the ICM Regulation Standing Committee, a role she has held since May 2008.

Sally has also held governance roles as Chair of the Midwifery Council of New Zealand and as President of the New Zealand College of Midwives. In these roles, she chaired the governance groups and liaised closely with the Chief Executive.

Sally has successfully lobbied governments for significant funding to improve midwifery education and persuaded the publishers Elsevier to fund the writing and publication of the Australasian midwifery textbook, ‘Midwifery: preparation for practice’ now in its 4th edition.

“ICM is delighted to announce Sally’s appointment and to welcome her as the new CE of the ICM” said ICM President, Frances Day-Stirk

About ICM

Founded in 1919, The International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) is an accredited non-governmental organisation that represents midwives’ associations worldwide to achieve common goals in the care of mothers and newborns. Currently, there are 130 ICM member associations in 113 countries. 

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