Introducing our Board of Trustees
I would like to introduce you to Our Sam’s first Board of Trustees.
We are now applying for charity status to enable us to provide a voice for baby loss, and work to raise awareness, understanding and levels of support for people personally affected by, and those professionally coming into contact with those affected by baby loss as a result of miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death.
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.
Natasha Macdonald RM RN
Natasha is Head Of Midwifery and Paediatric Nursing at The Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. She has supported women through baby loss in her role as midwife for many years, and constantly works to develop services to improve midwifery care for people experiencing loss.
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.
Katherine Butler BA (Hons)
Katherine runs Movement & Light Film production company with her husband, and they are passionate about helping people to share their stories. Katherine is mum to 2 very spirited children who keep her on her toes. She always has a mission on the go! Last year she swam the length of the Channel (in a pool) raising money for Macmillan Cancer and she was also part of a team that has helped to bring TEDx to Northwich.
When she heard Our Sam was looking for a Board Member with experience in the film industry, she saw her next mission! After experiencing a missed misscarriage, she felt that she would be able to give a lot to this role. Katherine’s world was turned upside down when she lost her baby and she always felt that she wanted to do something to help raise awareness of not only baby loss but the support out there.
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.