Meet the team
Caro Townsend - Chair
I’m Caro Townsend, Chair of BSUH Maternity Voices Partnership. I’m a proud parent of Sam, who was born at Princess Royal Hospital, in Haywards Heath, five years ago, and is the reason behind my passion in this field.
After discovering medical science was required to have our family, I became fully ensconced in the world of fertility advocacy and support and, following Sam’s birth, decided to dedicate my time to raising awareness of infertility and miscarriage. I created an award-winning blog and worked as a freelance writer, partnering with charities and supporting national campaigns to help break the taboos and silences which surround such life altering issues.
It was my advocacy work which led me to the MVP in 2019. Since joining I have found myself involved in a range of projects and workstreams, building upon my infertility support foundations to develop a passion for helping all who access local maternity services to understand the value of their voice.
As Chair of BSUH MVP I am honoured to be able to bring together my fertility background with a decade long career in administration and project management, to support locally based families in the development of maternity services.
Vice-Chair - Brighton & Hove
I'm Louise Taylor and I am the Vice-Chair for Brighton and Hove arm of the BSUH Maternity Voices Partnership. I was born in the Royal Sussex County Hospital myself and had my own three children there in recent years. My experiences of motherhood have been incredibly varied from a 'by the book' baby, to a premature arrival, to a husband suffering with extremely severe postnatal depression.
These varying experiences have driven me to act as an advocate for new parents finding themselves in uncharted territory and the impact it may have on their mental and physical wellbeing. Professionally your will find me heading up Operations and Business Management with a personal passion for working with the mental health sector. I have worked for a major high street retailer collaborating with Mind, my consultancy client looks at how changes in organisational culture can improve employee mental health, and I also represent a higher education training organisation for professional counsellors and therapists.
I am sincerely looking forward to the opportunity of working with the Maternity Voices Partnership to help the voices of Brighton and Hove parents to shape the decisions of the future.
Vice-Chair - Mid-Sussex
I'm Jane Henry, Vice-Chair for Mid-Sussex of the BSUH Maternity Voices Partnership. I am a local mum of three, the younger two having both been born by elective section at the Princess Royal Hospital.
Through my background in both Law and Social Work I have a history of advocating for families and ensuring that everyone’s voices are heard. I am excited to help new parents of Sussex shape the decision making and future of maternity services locally through their feedback. I am a firm believer in, and advocate of, the need for community support for new parents in such challenging and difficult times.