Midwife Gillian is honoured at Women of the Year ceremony

Date published: 11 October 2021

Gillian Pearce has been named as one of the 2021 Women of the Year.

The Maternity Governance Midwife who works at Hillingdon Hospital was nominated for the work she did as a Rotarian and in a professional capacity.

Gillian has led a team to teach emergency birth skills, which has included midwives and a paediatrician from our Trust heading to Uganda, where they have trained more than 2000 health professionals at the Kamuli Mission Hospital and Ngora Freda Carr Hospital. As a result, there has been a reduction in maternal deaths and neonatal deaths.

Gillian has also raised funds for Christmas hampers for pregnant women with complex needs. She liaises with local voluntary services to secure baby clothes, nappies and toiletries for women in need, and arranged donations of ‘twiddle muffs’ for people with dementia.

Gillian said: “This was an unexpected and overwhelming honour, to be in a room of women who have achieved so much and changed so many lives was an experience I will never forget.” Women of the Year is an annual lunch to celebrate the achievements of 450 specially chosen women from across the UK and around the world. It was held at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London on 11 October, with Master of Ceremonies the comedian and actor Sue Perkins.

Picture: Gillian Pearce at the Women of the Year lunch