Introducing our Board of Trustees
Hemant Maraj MRCOG, DFSRH, MSc (Med Ed)
Hemant is the North Wales Clinical Lead for Women’s Services at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, the largest Health Board in Wales. He is also a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Wrexham Maelor Hospital, and Senior Clinical Lecturer at Bangor University. He feels passionately about developing research and clinical education to support ongoing improvement to women’s healthcare, and also improve the care of women and families who experience loss as result of miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death through education, training and raising awareness.
Karen Roberts BA (Hons) RGN RM
Karen Roberts is a Matron within Woman’s Services in Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board. She has over twenty years of experience within Nursing and Midwifery, and a passion for improving services for women and their families. Karen has worked with colleagues across Wales in facilitating leadership development and is in her final year of MSc in Public Health and Health Promotion. She has a particular interest in patient experience, engaging with service users to identify areas and practices for improvement.
Edward Morris BSc MA
Ed is the co-director and founder of applied theatre company 2engage CIC. For 18 years he has used creative methods to explore difficult social issues. He is a visiting lecturer at the University of Chester where he trains students to become future facilitators, teachers and creatives and has attended and presented at conferences in Finland, Estonia, Spain and Romania sharing creative approaches to impactful community engagement. As a director, he steers 2engage in achieving its vison to raise awareness, challenge perceptions and start conversations. Ed is passionate about breaking down the taboo surrounding baby loss by bringing his expertise to the charity. Ed loves to cycle, cook and travel.
Philippa Davies (BSc, MSc)
Postgraduate biologist and former lecturer in biology and physiology, Funding Manager for The Neumark Foundation, bereaved Mum, Founder of Our Sam and Sam’s Mum. Also a creative writer and playwright, Our Sam originated from a play called ‘Dancing in the Wings’ written by Philippa, and performed on stage and recently online, based on the loss of Sam, who was stillborn in 2012.
Rebecca is the CEO of The Neumark Foundation, and has a successful career in interior design/project management and business development in both London and Shropshire where she now lives with her partner, four children and a menagerie of animals. Rebecca is keen to break down the barriers around baby loss, and her extensive business development and charity funding background provides great strength to the Our Sam board of trustees.
Lydia Orford MSc
Lydia is mum to two boys and one angel baby who was lost to miscarriage in 2011. Lydia works in Public Health and has a degree in Nutrition and a Masters Degree in Public Health. Lydia is one of the founding members of the Our Sam’s Our Stars Choir, and is passionate about raising awareness of baby loss and breaking down the taboo of talking about baby loss.