Our passionate team

We have a small part-time team of staff who are passionate about achieving our vision and supporting our members and champions. The team is made up of individuals with a broad range of interests, skills and lived experience.

The Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA) is governed by a Board of Trustees who are dedicated to helping us drive change for women and families affected by perinatal mental illness.

Our board members

Made up of passionate clinicians, professionals, mothers, and fathers, the MMHA Board help set the organisation’s strategic direction, and support staff and members in the delivery of campaign objectives.

Luciana Berger

Chair

Luciana Berger is Chair of the MMHA and served as an MP for almost a decade. During her time in the Commons, she held prominent frontbench and backbench roles, including as the first-ever Shadow Cabinet Member for Mental Health. Luciana was also a leading member of the Health and Social Care Select Committee and presented the findings of the Committee’s inquiry into children and young people’s mental health to parliament.

Today she serves on the advisory board of the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute, and is Vice-President of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

An award-winning campaigner, Luciana has long called for increased awareness, parity of esteem, and improvement of mental health services. A keen photographer, Luciana is Mum to Amélie (5) and Zion (3).

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Our staff team

Jutin Irwin

CEO (interim)

Justin returned to the Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA) in May 2024, having served as MMHA’s interim Chief Executive from 2021 to 2022. As well as extensive experience as a charity CEO, he is also well-versed in the perinatal sector, having led various member organisations such as the Parent Infant Foundation, Best Beginnings, Bipolar UK, and Bliss. Mental health advocacy and improving service provision have been consistent focal points in his career.

Justin is a parent to three school-aged children, whom he has yet to win an argument against.

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Our co-founders

The coming together of clinical expertise and lived experience formed the powerful and lasting foundations of the MMHA.

Dr Alain Gregoire

Honorary President and Founding Chair

Dr Alain Gregoire is the former Chair, and now Honorary President of the MMHA.

Alain is a member of the NICE Guideline Development Group for Antenatal and Postnatal Mental Health and has contributed to the development of policy, guidance, and clinical services in the UK and abroad. He is determined to ensure that all women have access to care for their mental health which is at least as good as the care available for their physical health during pregnancy and postnatally.

Dr Alain Gregoire is a retired Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Southampton. He set up and leads the national award-winning Hampshire Perinatal Mental Health Service, which provides comprehensive integrated community and inpatient services to women with severe mental health problems during pregnancy and postnatally. He has conducted research into perinatal services, the mental health of mothers in prisons, and other aspects of perinatal mental health. He began his postgraduate medical training in obstetrics, but on finding that the illest women, who also received the worst care, were those with mental health problems, he switched to psychiatry and completed his training at the Maudsley Hospital and Institute of Psychiatry.

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Emily Slater

Founding Director

Emily is the former CEO of the MMHA, and Development Coordinator of the Global Alliance for Maternal Mental Health (GAMMH). Following her experience of postnatal depression after the birth of her son in 2009, Emily founded, with her partner, the campaigning organisation ‘Break the Silence – PNI’. In this capacity, Emily attended the first meeting of what became known as the MMHA. She has been instrumental in its funding and growth to a 100-plus-strong coalition of UK organisations with the shared vision to see all women across the UK get access to consistent and quality care and support for their mental health during pregnancy and postnatally.

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