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Prof. Gwyneth Helen Lewis

Professor, Lead for International Women's Health Research
Institute for Women's Health
University College London

Widely known and respected by the maternal and new-born health community, globally as well as in the UK, Gwyneth is a clinician, author, policy maker, teacher, researcher, film maker and advocate for improved services for all women and babies. She has held several crucial roles in promoting safer motherhood and child health both nationally and globally. Currently she is the lead for International Women's Health Research at the Institute for Women's Health, University College London, where her key interests are raising quality of care, improving access to reproductive health services and using audits and reviews to overcome the barriers most women and newborns face in accessing high quality maternal and newborn health care services. Until early 2011, she was the national and international clinical leader for maternal health policy and research (the Maternal Health Tsar) in England where, amongst many other policies, she developed the new NHS maternity services programme. Gwyneth ran the UK Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Deaths for thirty years and helped author, edit and develop the WHO initiative "Beyond the Numbers", the leading programme for maternal death and morbidity review which is now the cornerstone of the new WHO programme for Maternal Death Surveillance and Response. She has worked in over 40 countries and trained representatives from another 30 in issues relating to quality of care. She is a member of many charitable and other boards and has her own

Apart from Fellowships of the Faculty of Public Health and The Royal and American Colleges for Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Gwyneth hold three honorary DScs and another awards from other universities. In 2009 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 11 awarded her the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in recognition of her work in the area of improving maternal health nationally and around the world.