Chief Executive Officer
Maria became CEO of Mothers for Mothers in June 2018 after 6 years as Chair of Trustees. She has also been a volunteer and a previous client.
Maria had a moderate perinatal illness after the birth of her second son and began to use Mothers for Mothers helpline, groups and counselling service. During her pregnancy with her daughter she became more ill and was severely ill after her birth. Mothers for Mothers continued to support Maria through this until she had fully recovered.
Maria is a member of the Royal College of Obstetrician and Gynaecologists Women’s Network and the Women’s Voices Panel. She is a member of the RCOG lay faculty and a lay examiner. Maria enjoys her role at the College and fully supports the aim to improve women’s health in the UK and globally. She also sits on the National Maternity and Perinatal Audit Perinatal Mental Health Sprint Audit advisory group and the Each Baby Counts Learn and Support advisory group.
Maria sits on the Senior Leadership Team of the Tommy’s Maternity Improvement Centre in London.
Maria’s Patient and Public Involvement began in 2006; she is currently working with the University of Bristol on two research projects and with Kings College London as a Patient Public Involvement Lead and facilitates Patient Advisory Groups. Maria is also a member of Maternity Voices.
Maria is an expert by experience and a Maternal Mental Health Alliance Everyone’s Business Campaign Champion.
In her spare time Maria enjoys walking her dog and landscape art.