Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent OBE

Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent OBE

Chief Midwifery Officer for England

National Maternity Safety Champion for the Department of Health

Jacqueline has vast experience in healthcare provision. She has worked as a midwife and a nurse and held senior positions in clinical practice, education, leadership and management including: Director of Midwifery and Nursing positions for Womens and Children’s services at Imperial College Healthcare Trust & Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. Academic roles have included: Senior Lecturer, Curriculum Leader, LME and Professor of Midwifery. Jacqueline has recently held the position of Head of Maternity, Children and Young People at NHS England and National Maternity Safety Champion for the Department of Health. She was recently appointed to the position of Chief Midwifery Office for NHS England.

She is visiting Professor of Midwifery at Kings College London and London South Bank University. Her experience has led to her leading and influencing national maternity standards and guidance. Jacqueline influences healthcare, nationally and internationally through research, education and publications. She is frequently invited to speak at national and international conferences and is a member of the British Journal of Midwifery editorial board.

Jacqueline is a member of the: Tommy’s Charity National Advisory Board as Midwifery advisor, and the Women of the Year management committee. Her voluntary work currently includes Midwifery Advisor for the Wellbeing Foundation Africa and until recently a trustee and midwifery ambassador for the charity ‘Saying Goodbye’. In 2014 she had the privilege of receiving the HSJ, BME Pioneers award and in 2015 she was selected from over 100 nominations for inclusion on Nursing Times’ Leaders 2015 list that celebrates nurses and midwives who are pioneers, entrepreneurs and inspirational role models in their profession.