Helen Crisp – Acting Chief Executive Officer

Helen has 25 years’ experience of working in quality improvement in healthcare.  In April 2017 she started her own consultancy providing strategic review services, training, writing and editing.  She is also Editor-in-Chief of BMJ Open Quality. Prior to this, she was Assistant Director of Research at the Health Foundation where she managed a £4 million per year grants programme, for research into patient safety, quality improvement methods and person-centred care, together with developing the improvement science fellowship and PhD programmes. 

Helen has a deep interest in understanding what works to improve healthcare quality and how it works.

Mark James – Chair of Trustees

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

Prof. Tim Draycott – Academic Lead

Tim Draycott, MD, BSc, MBBS, FRCOG, is a Consultant at Southmead Hospital and the University of Bristol.

Professor Draycott trained in London and the south west of England with valuable time spent working in France, Sweden and South Africa. He has been a Consultant Obstetrician at Southmead Hospital since 2002 and a Health Foundation Improvement Science Fellow since 2012. 

Over the last 14 years Tim has led the development of a new academic department in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at North Bristol that is now recognised as a world leading intrapartum and safety research centre.

Tim’s programme of simulation research has been recognised by prizes from NHS Innovations, NICE, and the BMJ. Tim was also awarded Hospital Doctor of the Year for his intrapartum emergencies work; he has been recognised as a NHS Hero, and he was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Excellence in Education by the Queen.

Tim is the senior clinical advisor to NHS Resolution in the UK and Vice President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Council.

Cathy Winter – Midwifery Lead

Cathy is the lead midwife for the PROMPT Maternity Foundation (PMF). As one of the founder members of PMF, she works with a multi-professional core team to distribute the PROMPT T3 (Train the Trainers) programmes in the UK and around the world. In addition, she coordinates the development and production of the suite of PROMPT training packages.

Cathy also supports PMF’s research portfolio, which aims to influence clinical practice by making available evidence and tools to make it easier for maternity staff to provide the best care for mothers and their babies.

In 2017 she was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of the West of England for her contributions to maternity services nationally and internationally.

Neil Muchatuta – Anaesthetic Lead

Neil is a consultant anaesthetist in Bristol, and has an interest in medical education and training, human factors and global health. He was formerly the lead for obstetric anaesthetic education at University Hospitals Bristol, and has directed several obstetric anaesthetic courses in the UK and in low resource settings. Neil became a PMF Trustee in 2017, delivers PROMPT local and T3 training in the UK and overseas, and also helps manage PMF’s digital output.

Debbie Sirett – Business Support Manager

Debbie has worked in the National Health Service since 1995  working as Assistant and Practice Manager in a large doctors’ practice in South Gloucestershire,  Support Manager for the Severn Postgraduate Medical Education Schools of Obstetric & Gynaecology, Ophthalmology and Pathology and for the last 5 years has worked for our charity.

The skills and knowledge she has acquired working with postgraduate medical education is particularly useful in her support role in PMF.

Jane Davis – Finance Director

Jane trained as a Chartered Accountant at PWC before working as Finance Director to companies in construction, a legal practice and in the pensions sector. Jane moved into the charity sector in 2013 and currently supports both PROMPT and the Avon Wildlife Trust.

Jo Crofts – Consultant Obstetrician

Jo leads the Maternity Critical Care Unit at Southmead Hospital and is an internationally recognised expert on the management and teaching of childbirth emergencies.

Jo was awarded a Medical Doctorate (University of Bristol, 2009) for her research into staff training to ensure all women and their babies have the best possible pregnancy outcomes. Jo is the lead author for the International RCOG Shoulder Dystocia Guideline and helped to develop the PROMPT Birth Trainer, a training mannequin designed to help midwives and doctors improve their management of childbirth emergencies.

Jo leads a Health Partnership between Southmead Hospital and Mpilo Central Hospital, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, and has Postgraduate Certificates in Global Health Policy and Medical Education.