New Zealand College of Midwives president Deb Pittam has announced the appointment of Alison Eddy as the next chief executive for the College.

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“The profession is privileged to have a midwife of this calibre who is willing to keep supporting and leading the profession to maintain its special role in the lives of New Zealand’s women and their families,” says Pittam.

“Alison has worked as a Midwifery Advisor at the College for the last 15 years. She has maintained her practice as a midwife during these years with a background in lead maternity carer/team midwifery and as a core midwife,” she says.

Pittam says Eddy’s work at the College together with her previous public health work, Ministry of Health and student health management positions have given her the background to manage College staff and contracts. Her Master’s degree provided new knowledge on water birth and she maintains a keen interest in research and outcomes that support midwifery practice. She was the first midwife Deputy Chair of the Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee and has contributed greatly to the statistical analysis of maternity outcomes in New Zealand.

“It gives me the greatest professional and personal pleasure to hand over the reins to Alison Eddy as the new Chief Executive (CE) of the College.” says Karen Guilliland the retiring chief executive.  “Alison has been a wonderful deputy CE for two years and has provided ample evidence that she is an extremely able successor.”

“As the person responsible for the College’s professional projects and contracts over the last 15 years Alison’s appointment gives certainty and stability to members of the College and to the team in the office” she says.

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