Sally Pairman

Chief Executive

Sally Pairman joined ICM in 2017. As Chief Executive (CE), Sally is responsible for leading ICM and ensuring that the organisation sets and achieves its strategic priorities. She works closely with the ICM President and Board and the Head Office Leadership Team. Sally moved from New Zealand to take on the role of ICM’s CE.

Prior to joining ICM, Sally had a 35-year career spanning all aspects of midwifery, including caseload midwifery practice, education, regulation, research, professionalization, policy, and advocacy. She held roles including President of the New Zealand College of Midwives, inaugural Chair of the Midwifery Council of New Zealand, Head of Midwifery and Professor of Midwifery, Director of Learning and Teaching at Otago Polytechnic and, prior to joining ICM as an employee, was co-Chair of ICM’s Regulation Standing committee and member of the SPPC. She has published and presented extensively and is co-editor of Midwifery: Preparation for Practice, the most used Australasian midwifery textbook and co-author of Midwifery Partnership: a model for practice and Women’s Business: the story of the New Zealand College of Midwives from 1986 to 2010. Sally has dedicated her career to midwives and midwifery, and believes that midwifery is the relationship between women and midwives and that strong midwifery associations can incite changes to ensure strong midwife-led continuity of care services for women and families.

Sally holds various academic qualifications including a Doctorate in Midwifery. 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; they have two adult sons, Oscar and Felix.

Based In: The Netherlands
Home Country: New Zealand
Languages: English