Kathryn Sallah has been working as an independent management consultant since January 2007. Her portfolio consists of health service reviews and redesign, advice to and development of NHS Boards, policy development and providing professional coaching. Previous clients include the Department of Health, the Welsh Office, Primary Care Trust’s, community provider services and Acute Trusts in England. Kathryn, a qualified nurse and midwife, has over 35 years experience in healthcare in the UK and abroad. Kathryn’s main focus has been on women’s health issues and improvement in maternity services and due to this has also been the Midwifery Advisor to the Department of Health over several years. Kathryn has developed a keen interest in public health issues, which resulted in her successfully completing a Masters in Public Health at Birmingham University. She has held three Directors of Nursing posts: Walsall Manor Hospital, Birmingham Women’s Hospital and Birmingham Strategic Health Authority. Her responsibilities at the SHA included lead Director for the reduction of perinatal mortality. This considerable experience at Board level has given Kathryn great understanding of corporate governance and accountability from both an Executive and Non Executive Director perspective. Kathryn is currently a Trustee of two Charitable Trusts, which have honed further her non executive skills. Kathryn chaired the national “Birthplace” research steering committees and was the Project Director for the Mid Staffordshire independent case note review. In 2007 Kathryn was awarded a MBE for services to Health Care in the Queen’s Birthday Honors list.