Released on: 02 December 2021
NCT members have elected three trustees to our Board to lead us through the next phase of our charity’s recovery and renewal, as we continue to respond to the impact of the pandemic on expectant and new parents.
Results of the elections were announced at our 33rd Annual General Meeting on Friday 26 November 2021. We were delighted to welcome Zoe Stewart-Field, who has been elected as a new Trustee, and Sarah Brown and Elaine Lambe, who have been re-elected for a second term.
On being elected as a new Trustee, Zoe Stewart-Field said:
‘I’m delighted to be starting as a Trustee with NCT, an organisation that does such important work supporting new families through pregnancy and early parenthood. As an obstetric registrar I’m fortunate to be part of people’s pregnancy and birth experience on a daily basis. I hope that this experience will be valuable in my work with NCT and, in turn, that I’ll be able to contribute more holistically to parents’ experiences of pregnancy and the first 1000 days of their children’s lives.’
Announcing the outcomes of the election, Stephanie Maurel, NCT’s Chair of Trustees said:
‘I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who expressed an interest and stood for election this year. It was fantastic to have such strong candidates and we’ll benefit enormously from the energy, skills and experience that each Trustee brings.
‘We have taken positive action to increase the diversity of our Board of Trustees and build our capacity in terms of skills and lived experience. Over the last year, we have welcomed Franciane Husbands-Chevot, Chi Evi-Parker and Ema Ojiako as Trustees, and are delighted to now welcome Zoe Stewart-Field to the Board – alongside the re-election of Sarah and Elaine. Together, they bring a wealth of professional and lived experience to our Board.’
Alongside the announcing the outcome of the Trustee elections, time was spent reviewing and reflecting on the 2020-21 financial year – with heartfelt recognition and thanks from our President, Chair, Chief Executive and Treasurer, as they shared our achievements and impact.
In her review of the year, Angela McConville, NCT’s Chief Executive said:
‘This last year has been marked by challenge, isolation, trauma and loss for so many in our community. Our vision of a world in which no parent is isolated has never been more compelling or more essential than during Covid-19.
‘Throughout the pandemic, everyone at NCT has demonstrated their wholehearted commitment to protecting and supporting parents. It is with passion, determination, grit and bravery that we have been able to provide such a lifeline to so many thousands of parents, while acting decisively to secure our charity’s future in the face of the very real impacts of Covid-19 for our ways of volunteering, working and fundraising.
‘I’m so proud of everything we have achieved together and am looking forward to growing our reach and impact even further as we continue to evolve to meet the needs of today and tomorrows’ parents.’
To understand more about our work and impact for parents, we invite you to watch our ‘Year in Review’ video, which shares incredible stories from across our charity. For more detail, you can read our Annual Report for 2020-2021.
You can read about governance at NCT and find out more about our Trustees here.