Professor Dame Tina Lavender has a distinguished track record in improving the health of women and babies in low and middle-income countries. Dame Lavender launched the Centre for Global Women’s Health, and as Director led a programme aimed at promoting improvements in women’s health. In 2014, this gained WHO Collaborating Centre status, in recognition of its work in low and middle-income countries. The designation builds on her strong track record of working with WHO and passion for maternal health, allowing the Centre to maximize the impact of its portfolio of research, education and practice aimed at reducing maternal mortality and morbidity. The collaboration was developed to improve and increase midwifery research and strengthen evidence-based practice in low-income countries, resulting in better maternity care and positive outcomes for women and babies. Before her academic career, Dame Lavender worked as a staff nurse at Broadgreen Hospital, Liverpool and a midwife at Liverpool Maternity Hospital. Dame Lavender holds accolades including Registered General Nurse, Registered Midwife, PgDip (Practitioner Research), MSc (Practitioner Research), PhD (Managing prolonged labour using different partogram action lines: obstetric outcome and maternal satisfaction). In 2012 she was awarded Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to Midwifery Research and Practice.
*Dame Tina Lavender not pictured.