Maternity Network Team

Meet The Maternity Network Team


Mary Davie – Midwife and Maternity Network Lead Clinician

Mary qualified as a midwife in 1992 starting her midwifery career in NHS Ayrshire and Arran. She gained experience across all areas of midwifery practice and with career progression worked in labour suite and day-care assessment. She was active as a Royal College of Midwives (RCM) representative and a Supervisor of Midwives. In 2003 she became the National Officer for RCM Scotland however after 2 years wanted to return to clinical practice. In 2007, she took a 2-year secondment with the Scottish Government as the Maternity Workforce Coordinator and acknowledges the great privilege of working with every health board and midwifery unit in Scotland.

In 2009, Mary returned to clinical practice to refresh her clinical skills and prepare for her next workforce development and quality improvement roles; which included managing the midwifery internship programme and staff bank. In 2014, she took up a temporary development role as a senior midwife supporting the senior team and Head of Midwifery within NHS Ayrshire & Arran. Currently, she works in a strategic workforce and quality improvement role, based within Healthcare Improvement Scotland however has managed to retrain her midwifery registration. Mary said “Midwifery is my passion and I’m delighted to have started with the Maternity Network. I’m looking forward to building on successes, facing challenges and progressing amazing work with stakeholders’’.

Tara Fairley – Obstetrician and Maternity Network Lead Clinician

Tara graduated from Glasgow University in 1999 and the majority of her postgraduate training was completed in the West of Scotland. She moved to Aberdeen in 2007 and has been a Consultant Obstetrician in Aberdeen Maternity Hospital since 2009.

In the early years of her consultant career she was labour ward lead clinician and was heavily involved in clinical governance. With experience, she recognised the benefits of clinicians actively engaging in management roles and her responsibilities have grown over time. Her role in Grampian is currently split 50/50 between clinical work, including a full complement of obstetric on-call, and being Divisional Clinical Director for Women’s and Children’s services. She also has extensive experience of cross-board working and sits on the ‘Best start’ implementation programme board. Tara said ‘I am proud and excited to have been appointed as lead clinician for the network and am very much looking forward to working collaboratively with the whole maternity community, to support services to equitably deliver the best care possible to women and their families across Scotland.’

Lana Cathro – Maternity Network Programme Support Officer

Lana graduated from the University of Abertay Business School in 2012 and took up her first position in NHS Tayside in 2013. During her time in Tayside she worked on a few quality improvement projects and realised that project work was her passion. She moved to NHS Lothian in 2016, where she worked as a Project Support Officer for the Long Term Conditions team and Living it Up, a digital health project. She qualified as a PRINCE2 Practitioner in 2017, and moved to National Services Scotland (NSS) later that year to support the development of the Scottish Trauma Network. Life took her to England for one year, where she worked with the University of Wolverhampton on two digital projects funded by the European Regional Development Fund. There, she further developed her project and digital skill set, which will be invaluable in supporting the rapid advancement of the role of technology in delivering maternity care.

When Lana saw the opportunity to return to NSS and bring her experience and learning from development of the Trauma Network, to the development of the new Maternity Network, she didn’t hesitate to apply for the position. Lana said “I’m very excited to be back in Scotland and to be part of the team”.

Laura Brown – Maternity Network Programme Manager

Laura joined NHS GG&C in 2003; initially supporting administration of the West of Scotland Medical Training programme for Paediatrics. From 2010, inspired by the principles of releasing clinical time to care by improving the processes and systems which underpin the care, she undertook several improvement project support roles within NHS A&A and committed to studying for an MBA with University West of Scotland. Also in 2010, she commenced her 10-year service with the Children’s Panel. Following graduation in 2012, she started a 30-month outbound secondment from NHS A&A to SQA; where she supported implementation of the Curriculum for Excellence. There, she learned more about the power of policy and strategic solutions to impact the systemic inequalities facing Scotland’s most vulnerable children and families.

In 2015, Laura joined (Public) Health Scotland as Improvement Officer and qualified as PRINCE2 Practitioner and EFQM Assessor, then became Content Manager for the redesign of Ready Steady Baby; a resource given to all pregnant women in Scotland at midwifery booking appointment. This involved negotiating cross-sector consensus amongst subject-matter-expert colleagues on the best balance of evidence-based clinical and public health guidance to include; to meet the needs of women and families. She spent 2019 working closely with PHS, NES and NSD colleagues in the Pregnancy & Newborn screening team and, in March 2020, was delighted to join NSD as Programme Manager for Scotland’s new Maternity Network. She hopes to complete her dissertation and graduate with Master’s in Public Health from University of Glasgow in 2021. Laura said “I’m passionate about all things early intervention, prevention and reducing inequalities and look forward to working together to build a truly person-centred Network for Scottish women and families”.


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