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Who's who 

We are a true partnership. Your MNVP is the best combination of a passionate core team, a new parent community engagement team, and diverse parent reps (mostly mums!) who work together with the maternity staff and also the wider powers who run and administer The Royal Berkshire Hospital. 

Meet the core team

From our core team through to our diverse team of parent reps, everyone here is passionate about the maternity experience. We’ve all given birth, many of us at the RBH, so can truly appreciate and empathise with your stories.

Our core team are responsible for reviewing all feedback received - but that’s a drop in the ocean of what they do. As well as listening to your voices - whether that’s in person, or from your survey responses - the team work on a variety of projects to ensure that maternity services are accessible and that every person is truly represented.  


Click on any of our faces to find out more about what we do and why we love doing it.  

Core Team
Denise Challis

Denise Challis


Danni Miller

Danni Miller

Vice Chair

Lydi Edey

Lydi Edey


Our parent community engagement team

Our parent community engagement team (PCE Team) is passionate about connecting with the community, eager to hear their voices and ensure feedback from all communities is contributing to improvements in the service. They work raising awareness and building relationships to foster safe, inclusive spaces for feedback.

They all bring key talents to the MNVP and have their own reasons for working with us, click a face to find out what makes this special team tick.

Parent reps

Our parent reps

Our services cover a wide area and we’d be lost without our team of parent reps. We have a broad range of reps; some work within the maternity field, from hypnobirthing to doulas; others have connections within their communities, running online forums or baby groups; some are parents who want to contribute and get involved. What unites us is the desire to make a difference. Below are just a handful of the parent reps working with us.

To hear more about being a parent rep, click on our faces or pop us an email to talk about getting involved

Marta Rybarczyk

Parent Rep & Project Manager

Caroline Basden

Parent Rep & Financial Advisor

Alexandra Horn

Parent Rep & Teacher

Tessa Venuti Sanderson

Parent Rep & Yoga Teacher

Emma Taylor

Parent Rep

Sophie Payne-Gifford

Parent Rep & Social Scientist/Researcher


Do these inspiring stories (and smiling faces!) make you want to be part of something amazing? Have a look at the roles we’re recruiting for and find out more about becoming a parent rep here 

Our RBH Advocates

From midwives and maternity support workers, registrars and commissioners to consultants and strategic planners, there's a whole host of people who make up the Royal Berkshire MNVP - we are truly a sum of our parts! Here are some of the people within the hospital who we discuss your feedback with in our quarterly meetings. 

Find out how they work within the MVP and what makes us such a great partnership - click a face to find out more.

Sarah Bailey

Head of Midwifery

Patrick Bose

Consultant Obstetrician Labour Ward Lead

Georgie Roberts

Level 4 Lead Midwife

Sam Fleming

Consultant Midwife

Christine Harding

Director of Midwifery

Liz Williams

Matron for Maternity Services

Jeanne Nicholls

Patient Lead

Sunila Lobo

Public Governor and Community Volunteer
Lead governor of the Trust.

Rayanne Bonney Napper

Infant Feeding Lead

Leila Rushamba

Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist

Louise Perkins

Consultant Midwife

Tony Lloyd

OUH governor - Trustee West Berkshire Neurological Alliance, Chair of Wokingham Area PPG Forum

Our Professional Partners

Not forgetting those who bring their own talents to the table including our health visitors, children’s centres, support groups and wider contributors such as the Breastfeeding Network – we are truly a sum of our parts! To begin partnering with us please contact our Parent Community Engagement Team.

Professional Partners

Utulivu Women’s Group is a specialist frontline women’s organisation that supports Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugees (BAMER) women, girls, and their families in Reading and surrounding areas to ensure they are safe, healthy, and have equal access to opportunities and resources.

Parent Advisory Group

A group of parents/carers, and their families, who have experienced neonatal care in one (or more) of the 14 neonatal units across the Thames Valley & Wessex Neonatal Network.

NHS Berkshire Healthcare

Children Young People and Families Services


Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT+) help and support service based in Reading, servicing the Thames Valley Area. New website coming soon!

Family Hubs

Providing services for children and families in West Berkshire.

Alana House

Alana House is PACT’s service to support and empower women. We offer a confidential, non-judgemental space for anyone who needs it.

Home Start Reading

Home Start are committed to offering friendship, gentle, non-judgemental support and practical help.

Reading Community Learning Centre

A charity that helps ethnic minority women and their families who live in Reading

West Berkshire Muslim Centre

A diverse community hub offering a range of services for individuals and families from all backgrounds in West Berkshire.

Breastfeeding Network

Independant support and information for breastfeeding families.


To find out more about the MNVP network you can visit As an independent body we report to the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and the Local Maternity and Neonatal System (LMNS). 

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‘Real pleasure working with the MVP, it’s been great - a joy and a pleasure to have that critical friendship and to have that feedback and user insight to really help us to get to where we are and to inform where we need to be, so thank you’

Gill Valentine, Previous Director of Midwifery 
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