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We are fortunate enough to have a team of skilled, experienced and dedicated Trustees to help us now we are a registered charity. 

Becoming Families Trustee Professor Mary Nolan

Professor Mary Nolan

Mary L. Nolan, Professor of Perinatal Education, University of Worcester, UK
Mary trained as a nurse in the 1980s and then as a childbirth and parenting educator with a national UK charity, the NCT. She has worked with parents in the perinatal period across the UK and has trained birth and early parenting educators in the Republic of Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Europe as well as in the UK. In 2007, she was appointed Professor of Perinatal Education at the University of Worcester. Her research interests have focused on supporting fathers, enabling women to experience a positive birth and evaluation of early parenting programmes. Her books include, ‘Antenatal Education: A Dynamic Approach’, ‘Home Birth: The Politics of Difficult Choices’ and ‘Parent Education for the Critical 1000 days’, published in 2020. Nine years ago, she launched the International Journal of Birth and Parent Education, an independent, not-for-profit Journal for
professionals working with families during the transition to parenthood. The Journal has a readership across the world. Mary lives in York in the north of England and has three daughters and four grandchildren.

Becoming Families Trusted Dr Elise Kearney

Dr Elise Kearney

Dr Elise Kearney

(D.Clin Psy., C Psychol., M.A. Hons)
Consultant Clinical Psychologist


Dr Kearney is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist.  She completed her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at The University of Glasgow and worked in the NHS for 17 years.  More recently, Dr Kearney has practiced privately for five years, previously at The Fold, Bransford before opening The Centre of the Hills Therapy Centre in Malvern.
Dr Kearney is a member of The British Psychological Society and is registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC).  She works primarily with families at all stages from pregnancy through to young adults at times of transition, provides consultation, supervision and training to schools and professionals. Dr Kearney also has a special interest in working with women and families in the ‘perinatal period’ through pregnancy to baby’s first birthday.

Dr Tina Dennis

Becoming Families Trustee Dr Tina Dennis

Dr Tina Dennis, Senior Lecturer, University of Worcester.

Tina trained and worked as a nurse and midwife in London during the 1980s and has extensive experience in all areas of midwifery practice.

She began her career in midwifery education in the late 1990s at the Middlesex University, before joining the University of Worcester. Tina completed her Professional Doctorate at Cardiff University in 2019, her research interests include physiological birth and Professional Advocacy. She is also a Professional Midwifery Advocate with a keen interest in Restorative Clinical Supervision for midwives and student midwives.

Tina is passionate about the promotion of safe, compassionate, and individualised care for women, birthing people, babies, and their families. Tina is a highly motivated and experienced midwifery educationalist with expertise in curriculum design, development, and delivery. She is committed to
ensuring that at the point of qualification students are competent and caring midwives, able to provide high quality, supportive, safe and holistic care for women, birthing people and their babies.

Tina has a son and lives in Worcester.

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