The 2024 Planning Committee
Dr Rosemary Townsend
Rosemary Townsend is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh and Honorary Consultant Obstetrician at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. Her research interests include the prediction and prevention of stillbirth, medical device innovation, fetal wellbeing assessment and global women's health. Her clinical interests include intrapartum care, fetal growth and wellbeing assessment and obstetric ultrasound. She trained in London, Edinburgh and Uganda.
Dr Angharad Campbell is in her third year of specialty training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology within South-East Scotland. She has worked across upper- and lower-income settings across West Africa, the Pacific Islands and South America, and completed her elective at New York City’s oldest public hospital.
She has witnessed first-hand the challenges of delivering healthcare to immigrant, marginalised and incarcerated populations. She is passionate about improving outcomes for women and girls and is pursuing further education in SRH, Psychosexual and Forensic medicine.
She is a trainee member of the Scottish Postpartum Contraception, Trauma-Informed Cervical Screening and Sexual Assault in Healthcare Settings Short-Life Working Groups.
Isioma Okolo is committed to eradicating inequalities within and between countries as a physician, surgeon, researcher, community organiser and writer.
She is a consultant gynaecologist & obstetrician in Scotland with a background in global womxn’s health, public health, international policy, health systems strengthening and gender equity advocacy.
Originally from Nigeria, Isioma has lived and worked in Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania, Brazil, the UK, and the USA. She is a graduate of Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, University of Edinburgh Medical School; and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.
In 2022, Isioma completed two research fellowships at Harvard Medical School. Her current research focuses on exploring the application of community based participatory praxis, implementation science and mixed methodology to end reproductive health disparities for racially minoritised womxn living in Scotland.
Em is a research midwife at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. Prior to working in research, Em was both a labour ward and community midwife. She graduated from Oxford Brookes University with her MSc (Health), having conducted her dissertation research focusing on parental mode of birth decision-making surrounding term breech birth.
Dr Helen Brotherton
Helen Brotherton is a Consultant Neonatologist at NHS Fife and Clinical Assistant Professor at MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM. She has 20 years clinical experience of working in newborn and child health in a variety of settings from Australia to UK/Ireland to West Africa. After completing clinical training she undertook a Wellcome Trust funded PhD at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, leading research into kangaroo mother care implementation and effectiveness for small vulnerable newborns. Current research work at MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM is focused on neonatal AMR carriage and understanding adverse neonatal outcomes in West Africa.
Clara Calvert is a Chancellor's Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, and has honorary posts at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and at Public Health Scotland.
She is an epidemiologist working across a number of projects in reproductive, maternal and neonatal health. She has a particular interest in understanding the impact of infections on maternal and neonatal outcomes, and has worked extensively with the Analysing Longitudinal Population-based HIV/AIDS data on Africa (ALPHA) network
Chelsea is a sexual and reproductive health (SRH) doctor and epidemiologist, with 25 years’ experience living and working in Africa. She focusses on improving SRH in lower-resource/high-HIV burden settings. Her training is in epidemiology, public health, anthropology, and clinical medicine. Over her career, Chelsea has worked in SRH policy, programming, clinical care, research and advocacy.
Chelsea is a Chancellor’s Fellow in Global Sexual and Reproductive Health at the MRC Centre for Reproductive Health, University of Edinburgh, and a Research Associate at the Botswana Harvard AIDS Institute Partnership. She founded and directs the Botswana Sexual and Reproductive Health Research Initiative (BSRHI), a clinical research and training programme in Southern Africa. She is also the Co-Director of the UK Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare’s Clinical Effectiveness Unit, developing contraceptive guidance for the UK. She is an Honorary Professor of Women’s Health at the University of Cape Town, and an honorary senior research associate at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Chelsea is clinically active in providing medical care and training in Botswana through NGO and government clinics and at the NHS Lothian Chalmer’s Sexual Health Centre in Edinburgh.
Diana is a 5th year medical student at the University of Edinburgh. She completed her pre-clinical training at the University of St. Andrews, where she earned a BSc (Hons) in Medicine. Diana is very interested in the clinical and research aspect of obstetrics and gynaecology.
Professor Wendy j. Graham
Wendy Graham is a senior research scientist and advocate for maternal and perinatal health improvement in low-and-middle-income countries. She now holds a part-time position as Professor of Obstetric Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and is Emeritus Professor at the University of Aberdeen.
Wendy’s initial research focus was the measurement and prevention of maternal mortality, working for over 20 years with partners in LMICs and with major international organizations. Over the last decade, her focus has shifted to epidemiological and implementation research for the reduction of healthcare-associated infections among mothers and newborns, including IPC and WASH interventions in healthcare facilities.
Wendy is one of the founding members of GLOW, and is currently Chair of the National Steering Committee, and a member of the local organizing group for GLOW 2024 in Edinburgh.
Shona is Programme Leader for Masters and Bachelor of Midwifery programmes at Edinburgh University. She has been in education since 2007 and prior to this, worked within Healthcare as a senior midwife since 1986.
She is passionate and experienced in providing care to women across the continuum of childbirth and has developed continuity of care/carer , home-birth services within Lanarkshire. Shona has also worked in Practice Development and led project work within NHS on nutritional care. She is currently working collaboratively with Stirling University & QMU on an inter-professional learning project to improve the skills and confidence in providing safe evidenced care in the management of obstetric emergencies when women choose to birth at home. She is passionate about faclitating women's choice by providing safe and evidence based care to pregnant women who experience both ‘high’ and ‘low’ risk pregnancies
Shona is also working internationally supporting neonatal education in Vietnam and MSc Healthcare Management in Singapore
Yvonne Greig has been in healthcare since 1985 and a midwife since 1991. She has experience in providing care to women across all areas of childbirth spectrum and has mainly practiced in central Scotland.
Yvonne has also practiced as a research midwife in the medical school within the University of Edinburgh where her interested in research really came alive. Her particular research interests surround ‘living with obesity during pregnancy’,
midwifery consultation skills and professional development. She is passionate about providing safe and evidence based care to pregnant
women who experience both ‘high’ and ‘low’ risk pregnancies.
Yvonne has also practised as an educator in Kenya when volunteering with the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine as part of the "Making it Happen" campaign. Currently Yvonne is a midwifery lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University but will be travelling soon to Vietnam to deliver education around ‘respectful’ care to colleagues there to improve outcomes for women.
It is Yvonne’s pleasure to welcome you to the GLOW Edinburgh conference.
Sagarika is a 6th year medical student at The University of Edinburgh. She has a keen interest in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and is always looking for further research opportunities. She has previously earned a BSc in Physiology at UWA in Australia, and a PostGradDip in Burns and Trauma Rehabilitation at Notre Dame Australia.