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Gillian Smith MBE – Trustee

Gillian Smith MBE, Director of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Scotland, joined Smalls as a trustee in 2014. Gillian trained as a midwife in Ninewells in Dundee qualifying in 1978, before practising as a midwife in Rutherglen Maternity Hospital and then spending three years on secondment by Greater Glasgow Health Board to the Sultanate of Oman to help improve maternity services there. She was the first person ever to do ultrasound on pregnant women in the Dhofar region in the south of Oman.

Gillian has worked with the RCM in Scotland since 1995 as a National Officer and since April 2008 as Director. She has extensive experience of representing members in different settings. She sits on the Employment Appeals Tribunal in Scotland having been appointed to that in 2003. She is also on the editorial board of the British Journal of Midwifery and the FGM National Clinical Group.

Gillian has recently been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to midwifery and partnership in Scotland. She also received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of the West of Scotland in November 2014. She is the first midwife in Scotland to receive such an honour.