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The New Zealand College of Midwives has appointed Alison Eddy as its new Chief
Executive. Ms Eddy is taking over from Karen Guilliland who is retiring after 30 years in the
“The profession is privileged to have a midwife of this calibre who is willing to keep
supporting and leading the profession to maintain its special role in the lives of New
Zealand’s women and their families,” says Deb Pittam, President of the College.
The position was widely advertised and attracted a high calibre of applicants.
Ms Eddy has worked as a midwifery advisor at the College for the last 15 years and as Ms
Guilliland’s deputy for the past two years. She has maintained her practice as a midwife
during these years with a background in lead maternity carer and team midwifery and as a
“Alison’s work at the College together with her previous public health work, Ministry of Health
and student health management positions have given her the background to manage
College staff and contracts,” says Ms Pittam.
“Her master’s degree provided new knowledge on water birth and she maintains a keen
interest in research and outcomes that support midwifery practice. She was the first midwife
Deputy Chair of the Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee and has contributed
greatly to the statistical analysis of maternity outcomes in New Zealand.”
Karen Guilliland says: “It gives me the greatest professional and personal pleasure to hand
over the reins to Alison Eddy as the new Chief Executive of the College. Alison has been a
wonderful deputy for two years and has provided ample evidence that she is an extremely
Ms Guilliland says that Alison is an intelligent, hardworking and committed midwife who has
high ethical and professional standards. “As the person responsible for the College’s
professional projects and contracts over the last 15 years, Alison’s appointment gives
certainty and stability to members of the College and to the team in the office.”