ICM head office - Lead Midwife Advisor
Ann Yates is a New Zealand midwife appointed in 2017 as Lead Midwife Advisor at the International Confederation of Midwives. Her experience spans over 40 years and several countries in clinical and senior leadership roles in high and low income countries and communities. Prior to her current role, Ann worked clinically and as a midwifery lecturer in Papua New Guinea. This 4-year government led maternal, newborn, child health initiative resulted in improved quality and quantity of midwives in PNG. As a former President of the New Zealand College of Midwives, Ann supported PNG midwives to strengthen the Midwives Association to represent midwives at a national level. Ann is passionate about respectful maternity care and access for all childbearing women to the care of a midwife.
Ann is currently based in The Hague in the Netherlands.
Faridah Luyiga Mwanje
ICM head office - Advocacy Lead
Faridah is an advocate and communicator for sexual and reproductive health with over 15 years of experience. She has worked with a range of stakeholders across the sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health (SRMNCAH) continuum. Faridah has coordinated multi-country campaigns, demonstrated advocacy successes resulting in policy change, and built multi-sectorial partnerships at various levels.
As an advocate for midwives and midwifery, and the key role health workers and their associations play to improve health outcomes for women and newborns, Faridah is privileged to be working on these issues from a supply-side perspective, having initially advocated for SRMNCAH from the demand-side.
Faridah joined ICM in April 2021. Prior to her current role, she worked on advocacy and social accountability issues for SRMNCAH, supporting national alliances in Africa and Asia. She is a member of the Coalition Steering Committee of the Self-care Trailblazers Group.
Faridah holds a Bachelor of Mass Communication degree, a Master of Business Administration and served as a Fellow with the MakSPH-CDC HIV/AIDS Fellowship Programme at the School of Public Health.
Faridah is currently based in Uganda.
ICM head office - Membership & Operations Coordinator
Justine joined ICM in July 2021 as Operational Support Coordinator. She holds a Master's degree in Applied Languages English & German, specialised in European and Regional Development. She has experience in project support, translation and event coordination that she gathered thanks to various roles in the United Kingdom, Germany and France. She is driven by social justice, equity and sustainability and is thrilled to be working for the ICM that strives for equal access to midwifery care around the world.
Justine is currently based in the Netherlands.
ICM head office - Midwife Advisor
Martha joined ICM in 2012 as Project Coordinator and now works as a Midwife Advisor. She is currently based in Blantyre, Malawi where she supports coordination of ICM’s 50,000 Happy Birthdays Project and coordinates the Midwife Kit Project. She is a midwife and holds a master’s degree in Reproductive Health and Family Planning Management. Before coming to work with ICM, Martha worked in Malawi, Ethiopia, and Liberia where she managed various maternal and child health programmes, including health systems strengthening.
ICM head office - Chief Executive
Sally is a New Zealander who arrived in the Netherlands in January 2017 to take up the role of Chief Executive at ICM. Before that, she had a 35-year career spanning all aspects of midwifery – practice, education, regulation, professionalism and politics including roles as President of the New Zealand College of Midwives, inaugural Chair of the Midwifery Council of New Zealand, and Head of Midwifery, Professor of Midwifery, and Director of Learning and Teaching at Otago Polytechnic. Sally holds various academic qualifications including a Doctorate in Midwifery and has authored numerous papers and books including co-editing an Australasian Midwifery Textbook (now in its 5th edition). Sally is passionate about midwives and midwifery and believes strong midwives’ associations can incite changes in their countries to ensure strong midwifery professions and midwife-led continuity of care services for women and their families. In 2008 she was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to midwifery and women’s health. She is married to Michael Lucas, and the couple have two adult sons, Oscar and Felix.
ICM head office - Governance and HR Manager
Sigrid works as the Governance & HR Manager and has worked with ICM since October 2018. She has a degree in Human Resource Management and has also studied communications, leadership and gender studies. Prior to ICM, she worked in project support and administration at Uppsala University and The Armed Forces in Sweden. After living three years in The Netherlands and working at the ICM Head Office in The Hague, Sigrid returned to her home country Sweden in early 2021 and now works from there.
ICM Head Office - Head of Programmes and Partnerships
Shree is ICM's Head or Programmes and Partnerships, she has been working with ICM since 2018. Shree has over 24 years of experience in resource mobilisation, capacity strengthening. partnership building, programme design and management across public, private and NGO sectors. Shree is an Economist by background and lives in the UK. You can access Shree's LinkedIn profile here: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/shree-mandke-a6281911
ICM Head Office - Head of Organisational Projects
Helen heads the Office of the Chief Executive at ICM, overseeing Governance, HR and Organisational Change projects. With a background in management consultancy, marketing, and corporate development, she is experienced in planning and executing strategic projects and managing operations.
She is passionate about ICM’s vision for a world where every childbearing woman has access to a midwife’s care, and the lifesaving impact of fully investing in midwives.
Helen is based in the Netherlands.
Christabel Nachizya Mateyo
ICM Head Office - SMS Project Coordinator
ICM Head Office - Midwife Advisor - Regulation
Mandy is a UK midwife and has diverse experience as clinical midwife in hospital and community settings and in regulation, maternity safety, education, management and research. Mandy has a recognized teaching qualification and an MA in Midwifery Practice.
Mandy has worked in Nigeria and Uganda providing technical support to education and twinning programmes. Mandy’s regulatory experience includes leading the Midwifery Committee that strategically planned midwifery regulation and registration for the Ministry of Health, United Arab Emirates. She has also worked as a Midwifery Adviser, Nursing and Midwifery Council, UK, where she worked on regulatory standards for the UK and Europe. Mandy is passionate about midwifery and the role of the midwife as the lead facilitator of safe and healthy pregnancy and birth for all women.
Mandy is currently based in the United Kingdom.
ICM Head Office - Midwife Advisor - Leadership & Association Strengthening
Liselotte is a Dutch midwife working as the Midwife Advisor for Leadership and Association Strengthening at ICM. For over ten years, she has worked in several independent midwifery practices in the Netherlands. Liselotte combines her midwifery experience and anthropological knowledge (MSc) in her work at ICM and she has a passion for working cross-culturally. She has led several twinning projects internationally, having not only seen and developed these projects, but personally experienced how to build strong professional communities through twinning. Prior to her current role at ICM, Liselotte worked as the international policy advisor for the Royal Dutch Organisation of Midwives (KNOV) in the Netherlands. During the 5 years that she worked at KNOV, she collaborated intensively with the international midwifery community which convinced her of the importance of international community building to strengthen midwives globally.
Liselotte is currently based in the Netherlands.
Nikkie Lambregts Yeaman
ICM Head Office - Head of Operations & Finance
Before joining the International Confederation of Midwives, Nikkie spent almost 20 years working for a European Direct Membership Association, where she gained valuable experience in the day-to-day management of finance, operations, governance, events and team development. As a people person who fully subscribes to the Servant Leadership model, Nikkie has been able to develop long lasting relationships during her career, through her ability to facilitate engagement and two-way communication both internally and externally across various stakeholder groups.
Nikkie is based in the Netherlands. You can find out more about Nikkie via her LinkedIn Profile - https://www.linkedin.com/in/nikkieyeaman/
ICM Head Office - Governance Manager
Before joining ICM Leefke worked for different professional associations in Germany. She is experienced in membership management, administration, and project support. Leefke has a degree in Area Studies Asia Africa, International Relations and Law and Society. She enjoys working with people striving towards a society based on equity and justice. As a child of a midwife herself, Leefke could not imagine a better place to start this change than one that advocates for women’s access to reproductive health and care for mothers and their babies.
Leefke is currently based in The Hague in the Netherlands.
ICM Head Office - Project and Officer Administrator
Enith is an enthusiastic Business Administrator with over 10 years of experience in diverse aspects of administrative and financial management. Prior to her role as Project and Office Administrator, she worked for both, small and global organisations, which gave her the opportunity to learn the strategic processes of every area of an organisation.
She loves to be part of the ICM and to be able to work with an incredible talented team to enhance the reproductive health of women, their newborns and their families.
Enith is from Colombia and currently based in the Netherlands.
ICM Head Office - Events and Digital Logistics Coordinator
Bruna is an experienced publicist in digital communications, copywriting and digital marketing. As the Events and Digital Logistics Coordinator at ICM, Bruna aims to combine her passion for diversity, multiculturalism and feminism with her strategic skills to support women’s sexual and reproductive healthcare and rights.
Bruna is based in Brazil.
ICM Head Office - Designer
Ky joined ICM in June 2022 as Design Lead. Ky is a graphic designer and visual communications strategist with over six years of experience at nonprofit human rights organizations. Prior to their role at ICM, Ky worked as Graphic Designer for the Tahirih Justice Center.
Ky engages with queer, feminist, and emergent strategy frameworks along with the Design Justice Principles throughout their projects, with an eye into how design can propagate narratives that drive us towards collective liberation. They are thrilled to be working with ICM to advocate for midwives at the intersection of gender, health, and economic justice.
Ky is a graduate of the University of Vermont with a B.A. in Political Science and Russian & East European Studies and recently completed coursework within the Communication Design program at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design.
Ky is based in Dublin, Ireland.
ICM Head Office - Head of Advocacy and Communications
Daniela joined ICM as Head of Advocacy and Communications in August 2022. She has a Master’s degree in Maternal and Infant Health from the University of Dundee and an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in European Studies from the University of Toronto.
Prior to her current role Daniela worked as a Reproductive Rights Programme Lead at Roda – Parents in Action in Croatia, where she worked on quality improvement and research programmes related to respectful maternity care, as well as on advocacy and human rights campaigns. She has collaborated extensively with national, regional and international-level policymakers and human rights bodies on implementing respectful maternity care, and has served on the board of the NGO Human Rights in Childbirth.
Daniela has led teams to develop innovative educational tools for parents, including two mobile apps financed by European Commission grants – Expecting (for expectant parents) and Growing (for parents of children 0-3), as well as the book Pregnant – Your Guide to the Next Twelve Months (available as a free e-book and audio book).
Daniela is based on the northern coast of Croatia, where she lives with her partner and three children.
ICM Head Office - Finance Administrator
Sheilah joined ICM in September 2022 after graduating with a Master’s in finance and accounting from the Rotterdam university of applied sciences, she did her Bachelor’s degree from Makerere University and has experience working in finance and operations as well as managing businesses. She is excited to be working at ICM mainly because the values align with her personal values.
ICM Head Office - Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Coordinator
Yeiwon joined ICM in October 2022 as a Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Coordinator. She has an MSc degree in Public Health for Development from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and a BA degree in International Studies from Kyunghee University, South Korea.
Before her current role, she was involved in various health projects in LMICs concerning maternal, neonatal, child, and adolescent health with multiple international development organizations.
She believes in the value of combining evidence with sound M&E strategies to improve service delivery and build on learnings.
She is currently based in the Netherlands.
ICM Head Office - Office Manager
As an office manager, Maulina enjoys having the responsibility of creating an office environment that not only reflects ICM values, but also a space of collaboration, creativity and empowerment for ICM staff. She puts into practice her previous experience as a project associate to create structures and systems that seamlessly facilitate the different needs of ICM staff members.
Maulina worked on various development projects in Indonesia before working with ICM. She has many years of experience in project support, communication, social research, and stakeholder engagement at The World Bank and Decentralization Support Facility. She has a degree in Governance and Development Policy from ISS – Erasmus University Rotterdam and is based in the Netherlands.
ICM Head Office - Digital Communications Coordinator
ICM Head Office - Chief Midwife
Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent OBE, is the first Chief Midwife for the International Confederation of Midwives. She has a passion for supporting midwives and health systems to ensure that all women and gender diverse people have the same maternity experiences and outcomes as those who have the best. She served for four years as the first Chief Midwifery Officer for the NHS in England and was one of two National Maternity Safety Champions appointed by the Department for Health and Social Care. Jacqueline is a registered nurse and midwife and a visiting Professor of Midwifery at Kings College London and London South Bank University. She has held senior positions in clinical practice, education, leadership and management including: Consultant Midwife, Director of Midwifery, Head of Nursing, Senior Lecturer, Curriculum Leader, Lead Midwife for Education, Professor of Midwifery. She has supported the education of Midwives Internationally through conference contributions and publications.
She is the chair of the maternity advisory group for the Health and Race Observatory in England, a member of the Women of the Year management committee, Midwifery Ambassador for the ‘Saying Goodbye’ charity and until recently, a trustee for the RCN Foundation.
Noted as one of the Health Service Journal’s (HSJ) most influential people in health, in 2020, 2021 and 2022 she was also selected from over 100 nominations for inclusion in the Nursing Times’ Leaders 2015 list, that celebrates nurses and midwives who are pioneers, entrepreneurs, and inspirational role models in their profession. In celebration of the 75th anniversary of the NHS in England in 2023, she has just been recognised by the Nursing Times as one of 75 nurses and midwives who have contributed in a significant way to the NHS.
ICM Head Office - Head of Midwives and Association Strengthening
Everlyne Rotich joined ICM in May 2023 as head of Midwives and Association Strengthening team. She is a midwife from Kenya and holds a doctorate degree from the University of Cape Town South Africa. Her PhD thesis was on development of a woman-centered midwife-led model arising from her enthusiasm to support women to have quality maternity care. She is passionate about strengthening the midwifery profession globally.
Everlyne has over 25 years’ experience in health spanning across education, regulation, research, practice, leadership and association. She has served as County Executive Committee Member for Health in Uasin Gishu County Kenya, where she was responsible for overseeing all activities in the department. She has participated in development of different documents and policy guidelines for Nursing Council of Kenya, different universities and the Ministry of health, Kenya. Everlyne has had several international engagements, including being Moi University coordinator of Moi University and Kansas University collaboration. As a researcher, Everlyne has published in different referred journals. She is also a reviewer of articles in different journals.
ICM Head Office - Grants and Donor Compliance Lead
Aigul joined ICM in July 2023 as Grants and Donor Compliance Lead. She holds an MSc from the University of Edinburgh and a BA from American University of Central Asia. Prior to joining ICM, Aigul worked in international development and has over 12 years of experience in programme design, implementation and management, monitoring and evaluation and resource mobilisation. She has previously worked in Afghanistan, Georgia, Italy, Kosovo and Kyrgyzstan.
Aigul is from Kyrgyzstan and is currently based in France.
ICM Head Office - Operations Administrator
Coleen joined the ICM Operations and Finance Team in July 2023. She holds a degree in International Studies and subsequently worked for the Centre for Culture and Development - The Netherlands and the Centre for African Justice, Peace, and Human Rights. Originating from Luxembourg, Coleen is fluent in Luxembourgish, German, French, and English, and she possesses knowledge of Spanish and Dutch. Her fervent dedication to feminism, social justice, and women's empowerment fuels her enthusiasm for being a part of ICM.
ICM Head Office - MA Capacity Assessment and Strengthening Project Lead
Neha is ICM’s midwifery association capacity building and strengthening project lead. She is a global health practitioner and a midwife based in Pakistan; with extensive experience in SRHR and maternal and neonatal health clinical practice, programming, and midwifery advocacy both at the local and global levels. In 2021 she was awarded the Heroines of Health Award by Women in Global Health for her work on gender and health equity, and the Woman of Courage Award by the US Embassy in 2023 for her emergency response midwifery work in Pakistan. Her midwifery practice has focused on low-resourced settings, reproductive health in crisis situations and emergency response and climate-affected communities.