NCT members came together on Saturday 13 October at Central Hall Westminster for this year’s NCT Annual General Meeting
Our 2018 AGM started with a welcome from NCT’s President, Seána Talbot and Chief Executive, Nick Wilkie. Both spoke about the charity’s vision to support all parents across the first 1,000 days, the achievements so far and the challenges ahead.
NCT members also heard from Dr Tracey Cooper MBE, a leader in the field of midwifery.
Tracey is currently Head of Midwifery at Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
In her presentation she spoke about the challenges for midwives today and the importance of continuity of carer – pregnant women seeing the same midwife throughout their care and the positive impact of this.
We are delighted that our members voted to amend the charity’s articles to enable the transfer of ownership of the Midwives Information and Resource Service (MIDIRS) to the Royal College of Midwives (RCM).
Sam Grimstone, our Executive Director for Communications and Development, said: ‘This is an exciting time and opens possibilities for MIDIRS to reach even greater numbers of midwives in the UK and abroad.
‘The MIDIRS staff team and its Advisory Committee and Editorial Board have been involved in the discussions about how the transfer will work and are all supportive of the plan.’
Suzanne Tyler, RCM’s Executive Director for Services to Members, added: ‘The RCM feels honoured that the NCT and its members have voted to transfer the ownership of MIDIRS to the RCM. Transferring MIDIRS from NCT to the RCM will return MIDIRS to its natural home within the midwifery community.’
We also welcomed three new trustees to join NCT’s Board: Clarissa Ayo-Dele Smith, Heather Trickey and Peter Brown. You can find out more about all of our trustees here.
Thank you to all the candidates who stood and to all our members who voted in this year’s elections.