ELEANOR CAMPBELL, CHAIR
I have three daughters, aged 9, 5 and 16 months and live in South London. I was a Biology and Chemistry teacher before I had children, but didn’t go back after my maternity leave. I joined the ABM in 2013 as what was then called a Mother Supporter. I carried on to the BFC course, and being a glutton for punishment, followed that up by qualifying as an IBCLC in 2021.
I started marking the Peer Supporter course in 2018, and in the last year I’ve been coordinating the marking process and updating and improving the course – watch this space!
I’m really excited to be appointed as a Trustee for the ABM, who have had my heart for years. We’re growing and developing so much, and I’m looking forward to being part of where we go next.
Hi, I’m Claire and I live with my family in Slough, Bershire and I am the BFCC for the SE region as well as a Trustee. I qualified as a BFC way back in 2009 and joined the central committee shortly after I qualified. I work in a totally non breastfeeding related job – I’m a biologist by degree – so all ABM activity has to be slotted in around that and in any spare time you can find me cooking, crocheting, gardening or practicing yoga.
ANN BRUCE, TREASURER
I live in Windermere, Cumbria, with my husband and 11 year old daughter. I’m a Breastfeeding Counsellor and IBCLC. My ABM voluntary work includes Peer Supporter mentoring, and practice helpline calls for trainee BFCs. I founded the charity South Cumbria Breastfeeding Support, and provide free support to local families through the charity. When not immersed in the world of breastfeeding, I enjoy cycling and yoga.
Hello everyone. I am very excited to join ABM as a Trustee. I have two (very energetic!) children – a 5 year old boy and a 1 year old girl. I am very passionate about breastfeeding support, having breastfed both of my children. With both children, I consulted with my local MPs to question and campaign for more funding and availability for breastfeeding assistance in my area. I am particularly passionate about raising awareness about how breastfeeding is seen and supported by society at large. I am a senior lawyer with extensive experience within the charity sector and hope to use this experience to assist ABM in any way that I can.
In my spare time, I enjoy walks in the park, baking and television and films. I look forward to working with the other Trustees as ABM continues to grow and support mums and families in their breastfeeding journeys.
SAM KENNEDY CHRISTIAN
I run my coaching business, The Float Space, in Kent where I live with my husband, little girl and two cats.
I have over a decade of experience leading local, national and international communications campaigns for a range of charities and public organisations.
I worked for Save the Children as a breastfeeding policy adviser, working closely with Save the Children members across the world to protect, support and promote breastfeeding.
I trained as a breastfeeding peer supporter with Lewisham and Greenwich NHS in 2019 and was a Trustee at The Howard League for Penal Reform from 2011 – 2020 and the University of Kent Students Union from 2009 – 2011.
I have been a Breastfeeding Counsellor since 2002 and am also an IBCLC. I have three grown up children and live with my husband, two dogs and one child still at home in Bishopthorpe, near York.
I am involved with training local Breastfeeding Peer Supporters and in my spare time loves dog walking and all wildlife especially hedgehogs.
I have been a member of the ABM for around 12 years and qualified as a BFC in 2012, and IBCLC in 2018. I became Breastfeeding Counsellor Coordinator for the East Region in 2018, mentoring and supervising both trainee and qualified BFCs.
I am mum to 4 boys, including twins. I am also founder and Trustee of Breastfeeding Twins and Triplets UK Facebook group and charity.
I also head up the social media team, alongside a small team of volunteers. Our social media accounts are the public face of the ABM and we like to share information and news, and also support and information offered by the ABM.
Hey, my main roles with the ABM are as the PS Manager and the PS Coordinator for Scotland. I am an IBCLC, ABM BFC and a BfN Supporter. I have been supporting mums/parents since 2012 when I first trained as NCT PS. I support families in a variety of ways – via the national breastfeeding helpline, running my local breast/chestfeeding support group, volunteering on my local hospital maternity wards (outside pandemic times!) and provide local telephone/online support.
I have 2 kids – a boy (8yrs) & a girl (11yrs) and am married to a wonderful and supportive guy. Prior to becoming a mum, I worked within the Science sector and I have BSc Zoology and MSc within the Marine Biology field. Other than breast/chestfeeding, I am passionate about inclusion.
I have been a member of the ABM for over 25 years, qualified as an ABM BFC in 2000 and this year celebrate 20 years as an IBCLC! Over many years on the Central Committee I have supported the ABM in a number of ways – chair, co-chair, vice chair, conference organiser, magazine, training and resource development.
Outside of the ABM, my professional background is 40 years of NHS service as a Registered Nurse, Midwife and Health Visitor.
I have been Infant Feeding Coordinator for the health board in North Wales for 16 years. The first nurse/midwife in Wales to establish & provide a breastfeeding clinic & tongue tie division service, in 2008 I was awarded an MBE for services to infant feeding and in 2010 was appointed a Queen’s Nurse. I currently chair the Wales Infant Feeding Network (WIFN) and represent Wales at the National Infant Feeding Network (NIFN)