Student midwife forum

Voting is now open! 

All nominations are in and have been collated and it’s your chance to read through the manifestos and vote for your favourite candidate in your Country/Region on 16 November.

You must be a current RCM student midwife member to vote. Votes will only be counted if accompanied with a valid RCM membership number and if they are cast in accordance with the Country/Region you are studying in.

Voting closes at midnight on Monday 7 December where we will count the results and announce the newly elected forum members Monday 14 December.

Please take the time to read the manifestos for your Country/Region carefully and then complete the survey to register your vote.

Vote now


(2 seats available)
(2 seats available)
England London                       
(1 seat available)
England Midlands & East
(1 seat available)

We retain three of our current SMF representatives, Jo Williams representing England North, Fiona Howard representing England South and Ella Simpson representing Northern Ireland.

Newly elected members will be invited to the next meeting of the SMF on Wednesday 20 January 2021.

The dates for the meetings next year are fixed and will be held on:

  • 20 January 2021
  • 21 April 2021
  • 21 July 2021
  • 21 September 2021

The dates for RCM Annual Conference will be released in 2021.

The Student Midwife Forum Terms of Reference provide further detail on what will be required of you if you are successfully elected to the forum. 


Meet the current members of the Student Midwife Forum 2020


jessica james hill

Email: [email protected]

"I am so excited to have this opportunity to be a representative for midwifery students, hopefully we can raise and tackle some important issues that we are all facing, while also being a source of support and advice."

"I am honoured to be offered a seat within the Student Midwives Forum, which allow me to develop my own career, as well as providing a support network for my fellow students, in a bid to assist with the creation of the next generation of registered midwives. I truly believe that happy midwives can generate happy mothers and who wouldn't want to be a part of that?"

"I am excited to be part of the SMF, to help organise the Student Conference at the RCM Conference. I didn’t think it was possible to be more motivated to develop my own voice, for women and for the profession of midwifery, and to help others find their voice. However, I left Manchester with even more zeal and commitment. I really hope to be granted the opportunity to join the forum."

"As a youth leader, I demonstrate the ability to manage, contribute to a team and plan activities to a challenging deadline. These are all needed when chairing RCM Student Midwife programs. The nature of the midwifery course has evolved my time management, organisation and prioritisation skills. The art of listening, is the skill I cherish the most because I do not have all the answers. There is something, we can all learn from each other." 

Northern Ireland

"It is a privilege to provide care for women and their families as a student midwife, and I would like to put the skills and knowledge I have gained to identify and debate issues of interest and concern to student midwives and agree the course of action required, and share the work of the RCM Student Midwife Forum across QUB and Ireland."




"Communication is essential for both a midwife and a forum representative and is one of my strongest skills. Listening, extrapolating and reframing are key to communication. By virtue of my inherent skillset and previous experience in communications, I am skilled in collating and interpreting information from many sources and in disseminating information in impactful and attention-grabbing ways."



Mhairi McLellan

Email: [email protected]

"I wanted to join the SMF because I am passionate about supporting students in their midwifery journey. I am involved in lots of things that support student midwives and I want to bring all of that experience to the role. I am here to represent you so please do not hesitate to contact me with any issues or concerns, as well as your positive feedback."

Rachael Dewey

Email: [email protected] 

"I am really happy to have a seat on the SMF for Scotland, looking forward to becoming actively involved in representing our amazing student body. I will rise to the challenge this role brings, as I believe student representation is vital and continues into our professional careers as future midwives." 


Amy Yorath

Email: [email protected]

"I joined the RCM SMF as a second year student. Students are the next generation of midwives. I want to be a voice for them in the RCM. To ensure they have the necessary support, education and experience needed to provide exceptional care for women and their families."

"I am very passionate about providing the best possible care to women and families as well as making the most of my experience as a student midwife. I feel that it is also my role to encouraging and supporting other students. I would be able to use all my experiences gained to support the SMF. If I was elected to be a member of the RCM Student Midwife Forum would be an invaluable experience and I would be committed to attending all meetings and the RCM annual conference."

2020 dates: 

The dates for the meetings will be held on:

  • 22nd January

  • 29th April

  • 22nd July

  • 22nd September

How does RCM Student Midwives Forum engage with Student members?

There are number of ways that you can get engaged with RCM's SMF and other Student Members:

Further information

For further information about the RCM SMF, contact RCM Wales National Officer, Vicky Richards at: [email protected] or by calling 0300 303 0444.