The Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA) Board of Trustees is delighted to announce the appointment of Laura Seebohm as its new Chief Executive Officer.
Laura brings a vast amount of experience from her 25 years in the statutory and voluntary sectors, most recently as Executive Director for External Affairs at Changing Lives. Her knowledge of policy at a local and national level, lived experience inclusion, and system change practice is sure to benefit MMHA’s work greatly.
Commenting on her appointment, Laura said:
“I am passionate about this role which brings together fundamental elements of my career and my longstanding respect for the Maternal Mental Health Alliance. The opportunity to impact maternal mental health care for women across the UK is a responsibility I embrace. Building on the impressive legacy of the founders, I will strive to serve the needs of women, and work with a diverse and inspirational membership and the Alliance’s many other stakeholders.”
Luciana Berger, Chair of the MMHA, said:
“We are really looking forward to welcoming Laura to the Maternal Mental Health Alliance early next year. Laura’s skilled leadership and deep policy knowledge will help the Alliance to do even more to ensure all women, babies and families in the UK have equal access to the perinatal mental health support they need to recover and thrive. The ongoing effects of the pandemic have taught us that this work is more critical than ever.”
Laura will take over from interim CEO, Justin Irwin, from February 2022. The Board thanks Justin for his leadership during this period of transition.
Former MP Luciana Berger has been appointed as the new Chair of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA) and will take up her role at the start of next month.
Founded in 2011, MMHA is a coalition of 97 organisations, clinicians, and people with lived experience working together to improve mental health support during pregnancy and postnatally. MMHA has successfully campaigned to address gaps in UK specialist perinatal mental health care. However, despite significant progress, more work is needed to tackle the postcode lottery for mothers, partners, and babies.
The Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA) has registered as an independent charity. We have appointed a Board of Trustees and will launch our new trustee pages on the website soon. MMHA worked with alliance members to set up the new structure and register as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO).
The MMHA is thankful to our host organisations, Action on Postpartum Psychosis and the Mental Health Foundation, for all their help over the last few years in providing the support and infrastructure needed to enable the Alliance to campaign and improve perinatal mental health services for women and families.
We are very happy to announce that Comic Relief has agreed a further grant for the Everyone’s Business campaign and associated MMHA costs, starting in October 2018. This will enable MMHA to continue working towards a vision to see all women across the UK get consistent, accessible and quality care and support for their mental health during pregnancy and in the year after giving birth.