NCT has a range of spokespeople available for media interviews.

Some are experienced broadcasters with extensive national TV and radio experience, able to talk in detail about specific areas of interest e.g. perinatal mental health, maternity services or antenatal education.

Please contact the Press Office to set up an interview on: 020 8752 2404 or out-of-hours:  07722 839 428 (This number is for journalists and members of the press only).

Or you can email: press@nct.org.uk  and a press officer will get back to you promptly.

 

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Sarah McMullen, Head of Knowledge

Sarah is NCT’s Head of Knowledge and can cover subjects including mental health (postnatal depression, women and men’s perinatal mental health), antenatal education and tongue-tie.

She joined NCT in 2014 and has nearly 20 years’ experience working in research, evaluation and service development related to pregnancy and early life. Sarah has a particular interest in physical and mental health, and strengthening support services for expectant and new parents. She lives in Nottingham with her partner and twin daughters.

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Elizabeth Duff, Senior Policy Adviser

Elizabeth is NCT’s Senior Policy Adviser and can discuss subjects including maternity services, midwifery, birthplace settings (home, midwife-led units, hospital) and managing labour pain.

She formerly worked on the staff of the Royal College of Midwives journal 1988-1997, latterly as editor. In 2015, she was invited to become a member of the National Maternity Review in England on behalf of NCT. She currently assists in driving implementation of the ‘Better Births’ recommendations through membership of the Maternity Transformation Stakeholder Council. Elizabeth has spoken at numerous national and international maternity conferences, and has also written extensively on matters relating to pregnancy, childbirth and early parenthood.

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Sam Grimstone, Director of Communications

Sam is NCT’s Executive Director of Communications and Development and can cover subjects including corporate brand and strategy, campaigns and partnerships.

She looks after the brand, communications, campaigns and partnerships. She joined NCT in 2016 from the charity London Youth where she ran operations. She is from Barnsley and the mother of three boys.

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Shivangee Patel, Head of Internal Communications

Shivangee is NCT’s Head of Internal Communications and can talk about the many different ways NCT supports parents and the charity’s plans for the future.

She joined NCT in June 2017. Prior to this, she was Head of Communications at a youth charity and also a trustee of a local youth club. She lives in London with her family and miniature dachshund.

Abigail Wood, Head of Communications

Abigail is NCT’s Head of Campaigns and Communications and her areas of particular interest include maternity discrimination, maternity pay and rights.

She has been at NCT for five years and previously held roles at Save the Children and Girlguiding. Outside of work Abigail is a school governor and local councillor.

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Agnes Hann, Research and Evaluation Manager

Agnes is NCT’s Research & Evaluation manager and can discuss mental health, vulnerable groups (including young parents, single parents) and research findings.

She joined NCT in 2017 and has worked in social research for over ten years. She worked in mental health research at the McPin Foundation and completed a PhD in Anthropology, with a focus on gender and economy, at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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Val Willcox, Practice Manager, Antenatal teacher

Val is NCT's Practice Manager and an NCT antenatal teacher and can cover subjects including antenatal classes, labour and birth, early parenting and infant feeding.

She joined her local NCT branch in 2001 and ran its Nearly New Sales for several years. She qualified as an Antenatal Teacher in 2008 and has since taught in the Basildon, Billericay & Wickford areas. She joined head office as Antenatal Coordinator in 2013 became Practice Manager in 2016. She lives in Essex with her husband, two children, two cats and a dog.

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Sanjima DeZoysa, Content Manager

Sanjima is NCT’s Parent Content Manager and can cover subjects including pregnancy and the ups and downs of life as a parent.

She has been at NCT for over 8 years. In that time Sanjima has started her own parenting journey and had two children. Her personal experiences mean she can talk about many issues around pregnancy and life as a parent.

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Juliet Mountford, Director of Parent Services

Juliet is NCT’s Executive Director of Parent Services and can discuss how the charity supports parents, the charitable sector and NCT’s future.

She has been with NCT since 2016 and is a parent herself with two children. Juliet previously worked as a Senior Civil Servant and with the British Red Cross. She leads NCT’s direct support to parents through classes, courses and local branches.

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Vicky Fobel, Public Affairs Officer

Vicky is NCT’s Public Affairs and Campaigns Officer and can cover subjects including mental health (postnatal depression, women and men’s perinatal mental health), campaigns and postnatal care.

She heads the Hidden Half campaign and also leads the policy work on postnatal mental illness with a focus on primary care systems. Vicky has been a passionate campaigner and advocate on health and social issues for eight years since leaving a career in commercial law. She has two adolescent children who are now turning into strong advocates of their own rights, a talent she rather regrets nurturing.