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Here are some of the PMF team, made up of trustees and members who support the foundation by helping to disseminate PROMPT training in the UK and around the world.

Mark James - Trustee & Chairman of PMF

Mark was part of the founding team who conceived and established PMF, becoming its first Chairman in 2011. He is a practicing consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. In 2003 as chairman of the SAFE Study group he was actively involved in providing the evidence that supported the benefit of training locally and together. Mark has been actively involved in the teaching and development of obstetric emergency training in the UK and worldwide.


Tim Draycott - Trustee & Academic Lead

Tim is a Consultant Obstetrician in the UK with a research interest in Patient Safety, particularly multi-professional training, simulation, teamworking and quality improvement in obstetrics. He currently holds a Health Foundation Improvement Science fellowship to investigate the effects of context on training and simulation. Tim has led the development of the PROMPT course, which has been associated with improved knowledge, communication, teamworking and direct improvements in perinatal outcome.


Jonathan Roberts - Trustee

Jon works with PMF in a consultative role, giving advice on the positioning, marketing and brand identity of the charity and the PROMPT brand.  Jon's background is neither academic nor medical, he has however over 24 years' experience in strategic brand management, having worked for Tesco and Diageo. Jon joined PMF as a trustee in 2013, and is working with the corporate world to build awareness and ultimately support for PROMPT.


Cathy Winter - Lead Midwife

Cathy is the lead PROMPT Maternity Foundation (PMF) midwife and is also a senior research midwife at North Bristol NHS Trust. For the past 12 years, as part of a multi-professional team, she has been responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of local multi-professional obstetric emergencies training courses for all maternity staff. As one of the founder members of PMF, she has helped disseminate the PROMPT ‘Course in a Box’ to many maternity units both in the UK and internationally.


Christopher Eskell - Chief Executive R.I.P

It is with great sadness that the Trustees would like to share the news that Christopher Eskell, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the PROMPT Maternity Foundation (PMF), sadly passed away on the 25th October 2016.

No words can adequately describe Christopher's contribution to creating our charity and his work underpinning all of our successes. He was the Chief Executive Officer of PMF for the past 5 years and thanks to his skills and dedication. We miss him greatly already, but are determined to continue our work, as was his wish. Christopher’s meticulous organization and planning has made PROMPT training potentially available for carers of more than half of the births in the world.We aim to do justice to his impressive achievements and legacy.



Debbie Sirett - Business Support Manager

Debbie has worked in the National Health Service since 1995 and worked for 13 years in the roles of Assistant and Practice Manager in a large Doctors Practice in South Gloucestershire.  Latterly Debbie has spent 8 years as the Support Manager for the Severn Postgraduate Medical Education Schools of Obstetric & Gynaecology, Ophthalmology and Pathology.  The skills and knowledge she has acquired working with postgraduate medical education is particularly useful in her support role in PMF.