Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent

Chief Midwife

Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent OBE joined ICM in 2023. As Chief Midwife, Jacqueline is responsible for championing the interests of midwives globally, elevating the profession’s profile, and emphasising the significant benefits of a well-resourced, educated, regulated, and empowered midwifery workforce.

Prior to joining ICM, Jacqueline served as the inaugural Chief Midwifery Officer for the NHS in England from 2019 to 2023. She also held the position of one of two National Maternity Safety Champions appointed by the Department for Health and Social Care. Jacqueline is a registered nurse and midwife, holding a visiting Professorship in Midwifery at Kings College London and London South Bank University in the UK. Her extensive career includes senior roles in clinical practice, education, leadership, and management, such as Consultant Midwife, Director of Midwifery, Head of Nursing, Senior Lecturer, Curriculum Leader, and Professor of Midwifery.

Jacqueline also chairs the maternity advisory group for the Health and Race Observatory in England, serves on the Women of the Year management committee, acts as Midwifery Ambassador for the ‘Saying Goodbye’ charity, and holds the position of Patron for the Caribbean & African Health Network UK. Outside her professional life, Jacqueline enjoys spending time with her family and engaging in charitable activities.

Based In: The Netherlands
Home Country: England, UK
Languages: English