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Lorna Muirhead

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Dame Lorna Elizabeth Muirhead DCVO DBE CStJ DL FRCOG (née Fox) is a past President of the Royal College of Midwives and, since 2006, the current Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside.


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In 1992 she became a member of the Council of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) and, in 1997, was elected as President. She served two terms of office, until 2004. Throughout this time she continued to work as a clinical midwife.

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During her presidency she represented the RCM in, among other venues:

  • Council of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG)
  • Joint RCM/RCOG committee
  • Standing Nursing and Midwifery Advisory Committee (SNMAC)
  • Women's National Commission
  • Council of the International Confederation of Midwives
  • Specialist Register of the English National Board
  • Benevolent Fund Committee of the Royal College of Midwives Trust
  • Council of the Kings Fund
  • National Service Framework for Midwifery
  • Other affiliations

    Muirhead also was a midwifery adviser on Baby Lifeline; a member of the Council of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine; national midwifery adviser for St John Ambulance; and the Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside.

    She is also currently (June 2011) President of Merseyside County Scout Council, a County of The Scout Association in the United Kingdom. Dame Lorna is a long-standing Co President (with eminent obstetrician Professor James Drife) of the national charity Baby Lifeline

    Dame Lorna is also the Patron of Birkenhead Choral Society

    Personal details

    She is married and has a son and a daughter.


    She was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 2000 for her services to midwifery. In 2001 she became a fellow of the RCOG and was made an Honorary Fellow of Liverpool's John Moores University the same year. In 2004 she received the inaugural award from the RCM for her lifetime achievement in midwifery. She was appointed Dame Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (DCVO) in the 2017 New Year Honours for her services as Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside.


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