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.
Stephen Doran BA (Hons) Business Management, Level 3 Certificate in Counselling (CPCAB)
Stephen’s son Jude was tragically stillborn on 4th November 2014 (at 40+ weeks). Since his death, Jude has inspired Stephen to try and help others who have experienced a similar loss. As well as raising much needed awareness around the subject of baby loss, Stephen has helped raise more than £16,000 for a range of baby loss charities over a 2 year period, through various running and charity events.
In 2019, Stephen helped establish a football team (SANDS United FC Cardiff), whose goal is to support bereaved fathers and others affected by baby loss. The purpose of the team is to provide a safe place to talk about their losses, using football as a medium to bring them together.
Stephen is passionate about helping people, and has 13 years experience supporting students working within three Higher Education institutions in Wales.
Along with enjoying football and running, Stephen is a huge Beatles fan and loves to spend time with his beautiful wife and twin boys.
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.