We are hiring for two exciting new positions for the organisation. Please see the links below to learn more about the roles, and the application process.
Production and Communications Manager
Nancy Durrell McKenna - Founder//Director
Nancy, as Founder Director of SafeHands, is dedicated to reducing maternal and newborn mortality globally through awareness raising, education and training to ensure that every pregnant woman has access to safe and skilled hands.
An award-winning photographer and film-maker, she has spent most of her professional life documenting the lives, rituals and traditions of women and families around the world.
In recent years her work has focused on the theme of safe motherhood in developing countries. Her impressive body of work has been produced in many countries in collaboration with international NGOs and Governmental Agencies, including British Council, UNICEF, WHO, Save the Children, OXFAM and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).
She has contributed to numerous photographic exhibitions and worked with leading authors on books about pregnancy, birth, child development and sexuality.
The pioneering film ‘Birth: Eight Women’s Stories’, which she filmed and directed, won a Gold Award at the International New York Film and Television Festival in 1993.
In October 2007, Nancy was awarded The Royal Photographic Society’s Combined Royal Colleges Medal.
Baroness Helena Kennedy QC//Patron
Baroness Helena Kennedy is a practicing barrister. She is a member of the Doughty Street Chambers in London and has been involved in a large number of prominent cases. These include the Brighton Bombing, the Michael Bettany espionage trial, the Guildford Four appeal and the bombing of the Israeli embassy. She has also acted for many battered women who have killed their husbands.
She was the British member of the recent International Bar Association Task Force on Terrorism. She is currently chairing an inquiry for the Royal College of Pathologists and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health into sudden infant death, in the aftermath of miscarriages of justice where mothers were wrongly convicted of murdering their babies. As a life peer, she also participates in the House of Lords on issues concerned with human rights, civil liberties, social justice and culture.
She has been the chair of the Human Genetics Commission since 2000 and Investigation of Sudden Death in Infancy, Royal College of Pathologists and Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, since 2003 and the past chair of the British Council from 1998 – 2004.
She is president of the National Children’s Bureau and the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University and vice president of the Association of Women Barristers and the HaldaneSociety.
Lord Naren Patel KT//Patron
Lord Patel KT is Honorary Professor at the University of Dundee, Ninewells Hospital. He is Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, the Academy of Medical Sciences and The Royal Society of Edinburgh. He holds the Honorary Doctorate in Science, Medicine and Law from the Universities of Napier; Edinburgh; Aberdeen; St. Andrews; Dundee; Athens and Stellenbosch South Africa. He holds a further 18 Honorary Fellowships of universities and national organisations worldwide in surgery, anaesthesia, public health, general practice, psychiatry and obstetrics and gynaecology.
He was awarded a Knighthood in the Queens Birthday Honours List in 1997 and was made a life Peer with the title of Baron Patel of Dunkeld in Perth and Kinross in the Queens New Years Honours List in 1999.
His academic and clinical interests are in the field of high-risk obstetrics. He has published widely on the subjects of preterm labour, fetal growth retardation, obstetric epidemiology etc. His current interests are in health quality and standards of clinical care and patient safety.
Professor Ian Jacobs//Patron
Ian Jacobs is Vice President, Dean and Head of the School of Medicine, Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences, The University of Manchester and Director of Manchester Academic Health Science Centre.
Alongside this leadership role, he directs a laboratory and clinical research team focused on genetics, proteomics, imaging and biomarkers in detection and screening for gynaecological cancers and holds awards from Medical Research Council (MRC), Cancer Research UK (CRUK) and Department of Health. He is Principal Investigator on several large multicentre clinical trials including the UK Collaborative Trial of Ovarian Cancer Screening involving 202,000 participants in 13 collaborating UK centres and the UK Familial Ovarian Cancer Screening Study.
In 2005 Ian established the Uganda Women’s Health Initiative, which he Chairs and which conducts a series of projects in Uganda including a cervical screening programme. In 2005, He founded the Eve Appeal, a Gynaecology Cancer Research Fund.
Jon is a renowned journalist and Channel 4 anchor. He has covered some of the biggest news stories over the last thirty years, providing insightful and emotive journalism on a huge range of issues.
Debbie Manners is CEO of Keo Films, co-founder and Director of HERE Café Ltd and Chair of SafeHands For Mothers.
Keo films, established in 1996, is an multi award-winning integrated broadcast, commercial and digital production company, regularly voted into the top few places in peer polls for TV Indies. Keo develops and produces content that has something to say, and has a reason to exist beyond achieving ratings.
Keo’s strong ethical brand reputation and innovative approach have resulted in its programming becoming ratings powerhouses and award winners. A fact well illustrated by Skint for C4, Hugh’s War on Waste for BBC One, The Romanians Are Coming and Eden for Channel 4 and the hugely successful River Cottage brand.
HERE is a café bar and website with community at it’s heart. A local business established in Debbie’s hometown that is designed to serve and celebrate everything local, offering seasonal food from producers we trust, employing people fairly and honestly and doing all that can be done to protect the environment.
Previously (2008-10) Debbie was Chief Operating Officer at Hat Trick Productions, Group Commercial Director (2006-08) for RDF Media Group (now Zodiak), and Director of Rights (2005-6) for Flextech (later Virgin Media and Sky). For five years from January 2015, Debbie was Chair of Pact, the trade association representing the commercial interests of UK independent television, film, digital, children’s and animation media companies. Joining the BBC in 1988, Debbie held various business and commercial roles and latterly held the post of Director of Rights and Business Affairs.
Segun is a qualified management accountant and currently works for MANGO (Management Accounting for NGOs) as a financial management specialist. MANGO aims to strengthen the financial management and accountability of humanitarian and development NGOs and their partners.
During his time at MANGO Segun has trained and provided consultancy to hundreds of NGO professionals in best practice financial management, strategic management and grant management all over the world.
Prior to joining MANGO Segun worked as a Finance Manager for Restless Development an, INGO development agency working with young people to become the next generation of leaders. He is also a social entrepreneur and passionate about inspiring young people and helping them to achieve their dreams.
Jane is an ex-hotelier with extensive experience of event staging, management, and marketing. She studied Business Management at Middlesex University followed by various management roles with Marks & Spencer. After spending 13 years managing her own hotel she now works in the field of hospitality as a freelance disability awareness trainer and access auditor.
Janie has been a PR practitioner for over 25 years. She has handled large-scale promotions and events across the United Kingdom, Europe, and the USA. She co-founded Taylor and New – a public relations company specializing in film and television.
She ran high-profile campaigns for major motion pictures in European and North American territories and represented international films and celebrities at all the significant film and television festivals including Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Sundance and New York.
She subsequently founded Janie New Communications. For ten years, she handled all the marketing and PR for The Speech Language and Hearing Centre, for babies and children under five with language and communication delay.
Laura Jump // Trustee
Laura is the Global Partnerships Director for a new learning initiative called the Humanitarian Leadership Academy which seeks to enable people to prepare for and respond to crises in their own countries.
She started her career working for a national NGO in Peru. Since then she has worked for the UK Government, the EU Commission, several international NGOs and a data organisation.
Having started in nutrition and childcare programming, she moved to justice and legal barriers to development before joining the humanitarian sector and joining responses including Peru (Earthquake), Ethiopia (Famine), Liberia (Ebola).
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