Professor Lesley Page CBE

Lesley Page is president of the Royal College of Midwives. She was the first professor of midwifery in the UK at Thames Valley University and Queen Charlotte’s Hospital. She is a renowned international academic, advocate and activist for midwives, mothers and babies with more than 32 years’ midwifery experience. Her accomplished career has encompassed clinical practice, management and leadership, academic and policy work. She has practised midwifery in the community, hospital and home birth settings and continues to practise in Oxfordshire.

She is also a Visiting Professor of Midwifery at the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery, King’s College, London, Adjunct Professor University of Technology Sydney and Visiting Professor, University of Sydney.  She has worked and lectured around the world. She was a member of the Expert Maternity Group that wrote Changing Childbirth, published in 1993, and was specialist adviser to the House of Commons Sub-committee responsible for investigating the state of maternity services in 2003 and adviser to the King’s Fund enquiry into the safety of the maternity services in England 2007-2008.

Lesley received the International Alumni Award University of Technology Sydney in 2013 and was conferred with an Honorary DSc by University of West London in November 2013. Lesley was made a Commander of the British Empire for services to midwifery in 2014.