Advisory group members

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We have an advisory group that will meet three times in Sheffield over the course of the project to offer their support and to provide feedback at key phases of the research process. The group is made up of individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds, each bringing their own valuable knowledge, expertise and experience related to different aspects of the project work.

You can find reports from each of the Advisory Group meetings on the top right-hand side of this page.

RACHEL BROWN is a Senior Associate with the legal firm Nabarro LLP. Her role involves representing medical professionals in clinical negligence cases.

CRAIG BUCKLEY is Head of Research and Scientific Collaborations at Siemens Healthcare. His role involves responsibility for the cross modality R&D scientific team and Innovations within Siemens Healthcare Ltd. This encompasses research and collaborations between Siemens and luminary academic partners in the fields of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Computed Tomography, Advanced Therapies, Molecular Imaging, Ultrasound and Diagnostics. Please click here to learn more about Siemens Health Care in the UK and Ireland.

MARTA COHEN is a Consultant Paediatric and Perinatal Pathologist at the Sheffield Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation ​T​rust.

ROBERT COOMBS is a Consultant Neonatologist at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals. He has an interest in Sudden Infant Death (a SUDI Paediatrician), support for families with drug/alcohol or infectious disease issues and neonatal gastroenterology. He will be retiring in 2016!

ASHLEIGH CORKER is the North East Network Coordinator for the stillbirth and neonatal death charity, Sands. Ashleigh’s role involves giving support to Sands Groups, who help to deliver Sands​' three aims at a local level throughout the North East. Sands supports anyone affected by the death of a baby; works in partnership with health professionals to improve the quality of care and services offered to bereaved families; and promotes and funds research and changes in practice that could help to reduce the loss of babies’ lives. It is a national organisation, with around 100 regional support groups across the UK. ​About Sands, Ashleigh says "I first became involved with Sands in 2007 after the stillbirth of ​my son Thomas. Sands was a lifeline to ​​me at this devastating time as it allowed me to connect with others suffering the same terrible loss. There have been many positive changes to bereavement care offered to parents since Thomas died and so I welcome the opportunity to be involved in a project which may have a significant impact on choices offered to grieving families​"​.

TRUDY DONN is Mortuary Manager at the Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

GAYLE LETHERBY is Honorary Professor of Sociology in the School of Health Professions and the Institute of Health and Community at Plymouth University. She is a highly experienced researcher with expertise in research methodology (including auto/biography and feminist approaches) and social aspects of reproduction including non/parental identities and reproductive loss. Gayle has also published work on bereavement more generally, using both academic and creative writing styles. Please click here to find out more about Gayle’s academic work and here to learn about her role as a celebrant. You can also visit Gayle’s blog here and here.

GILL RYDER is a Regional Development Officer for the Lullaby Trust, a charity that supports parents, relatives and professionals who have been affected by sudden infant death. The Trust also campaigns to promote awareness​ of safe baby care, especially safer sleep. Gill’s role is to act as a link between the Charity’s Head Office and bereaved families, befrienders, group members, supporters and professionals. A key part of Gill’s work is to deliver presentations and training sessions to groups and organisations about safer sleep and different aspects of the organisation’s work. She also organises Family Days for families who have experienced the sudden death of a child. ​

HUGH TURVEY is a photographer and Artist in Residence with The British Institute of Radiology. He became an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society in 2014. Hugh’s work is a hybrid of art, science, technology, graphic design and pure photography and he is especially known for this experimental x-ray-based images. He is interested in using creative approaches to improve patient experiences and to create better healthcare environments. His work has been featured in a number of newspaper articles and magazines around the world, including: Observer LIFE magazine, The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Daily Telegraph, National Geographic and Washington Post. Hugh has also been involved in large-scale art installation projects in hospitals in Germany, UK and South Africa. To find out more about Hugh and his work please click here. Hugh will be working with the project team to produce some art work based on key themes that emerge from the research and these will become part of an end-of-project exhibition. More information about this work will be added to the website soon.

KERRY MARSTON-GIROUX is a Bereavement Services Coordinator. In this role she develops, manages and operates the bereavement services for Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Neonatology covering the Jessop Wing and the Gynaecology Wards in the Royal Hallamshire Hospital. OGN Bereavement Services provide a comprehensive, professional and sympathetic support service to recently bereaved parents and their families. Predominately the service provides advice, guidance and support in relation to care and the required processes following to the death of a baby or a pregnancy loss; Assistance, guidance and training are also provided to healthcare professionals within the directorate to continue the development of an efficient patient led service.