Regional Team

The Canterbury West Coast region’s Joan Donley team

Our team is passionate about our region and supporting our members.

Our regional chair is our representative and voice on a national level. We are always open to questions or suggestions of how we can communicate with and support our members.

Office bearers are voted in at the Annual General Meeting held in August.

If you are interested in a leadership role in the region please email us!

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Bex Tidball

Regional Chair
Kia ora koutou,
I am Bex Tidball, a community based midwife in North Canterbury with a rural and remote rural caseload. I am married to Giles and Mum to Bailey, Taylor, Austin and Starla. It is the love and support from my family that sustains me to work hard for the families I support during their childbirth experience.
I am passionate about midwifery and have been active in the college for nearly 10 years. I have filled a number of roles within the region and have now been elected as the Canterbury West Coast Regional Chairperson. Our region is a proud and passionate bunch who have shown great leadership within the profession since it’s beginnings! It has not always been easy with political landscapes, natural disasters and more recent challenges such as Covid-19 however, we are resilient and adaptable ensuring we meet the needs of our communities, and support each other in our work.
It is a great honour and responsibility to be part of the leadership team within the profession and I must thank all the incredible people who have supported me in my work.
As your regional chair my role is to represent our region at the NZCOM National Board; to put forward the views and ideas of our members and to communicate messages back from the regions from across Aotearoa. Governance in this role also includes practice guidance, strategic and financial planning and interacting within political forums.
We have members representing midwifery at many multidisciplinary forums and have a number of sub committees that exist to support our members, providing education opportunities, wellness support, research review and updates, as well as our monthly regional meetings. We are committed to focussing on improving equity and biculturalism, upholding and promoting the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
We welcome all our members to attend our meetings and activities with the option of Zoom where possible.
We are always keen to support members who wish to take on roles within the region. Feel free to send me an email, or come have a chat.
Nāku, nā
Bex Tidball

To view the latest AGM report for my role click on the link below:

Chair report 2019

This role is currently vacant

The role as secretary is to manage communications for the region, send out the meeting agenda’s, type the regional monthly meetings, collate member attendance, organize the members annual certificates and other tasks delegated to me from the regional chair.


Jin McRobbie

Vice Regional Chair


As Vice-chair I support the Regional Chair in her responsibilities to the region and act as proxy if she is unable to attend meetings.

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Melanie Welfare


Kia Ora,

I have held the position of Treasurer for the region for a number of years. This is a role that I enjoy as it keeps me engaged with the region and the profession as a whole. I have a strong midwifery philosophy and currently work as a full-time academic staff member at Ara Institute of Canterbury. I maintain my APC by providing locum midwifery for cover for a number of midwives and doing the occasional shifts in the maternity units of the region. I am also a mentor for both MFYP and rural midwives and a Midwifery Council preceptor.

The treasurers’ role for the Canterbury and West Coast Region of the New Zealand College of Midwives includes financial planning, budgeting, paying taxes, honorarium, and reimbursing members for study days and expenses as well as preparing the books for annual review by the accountant. The treasurer also collaborates with other position holders for the region including the Chair and Vice-Chair, secretary as well as many of the other smaller committees Wellness, Publicity etc.

Ngā Mihi


Sonya Gray

Sonya Gray

LMC Liaison


I am the current LMC Liaison for the Canterbury West Coast region of NZCOM.

I have been a midwife for 18 yrs and the majority of that time has been as an LMC with a short amount of time being employed by the CDHB as a core midwife.

I am a regular attendee at College meetings and have been an MSR reviewer and a Mentor through the MFYP program. I am currently a caseloading midwife primarily based in North Canterbury.

I have always believed strongly in good communication between the CDHB and the LMC Community and working in this role is my way of contributing to this.

Please feel free to contact me on the LMC liaison email address, as this is the best way to get hold of me, if you have anything you would like to discuss. I am always happy to meet.


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Gwen Glazzard

Website Administrator


I am a home birth midwife working in the Christchurch area.

I have been very excited to be involved in the project to launch our regional website with the aim to act as a hub for our members.

The vision of our website is to enable communication, provide support, education and to promote and celebrate midwifery in our region.

If you have any news to share with the region or you have something you would like to add to the website please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Lu Ogle

Student Representative


My role is to represent the voice of students within the region at the regions monthly meetings.  It would be great to hear from you with any thoughts, feedback or suggestions you would like me to put forward or share at these monthly meetings.  I also prepare and supply the delicious snacks each month.

I can be contacted via the above email address or come and say hi at the next meeting.


Catherine Rietveld

NZCOM Breastfeeding Representative

Kia ora katou, I am your NZCOM Breastfeeding Representative. I registered as a Comprehensive Nurse in 1977 and as a midwife in 1980, I completed my Master in Midwifery in December 2011. I find it unbelievable that I have been working as a midwife and maternal and child health practitioner for 41 years. It has been my lifelong ambition to remain in a clinician’s role providing women and children and their whānau with the very best of midwifery and nursing care.

I am a part time Lead Maternity Carer / Locum midwife working a small rural/urban caseload. I enjoy supporting the midwives in our practice of 10 as their practice coordinator. I have spent most of my working life in Maternal and Child Health in both hospital and community settings. I spent 8 years as a Well Child Nurse with the NZ Plunket Society prior to retuning to midwifery which is my passion in 2003. I am involved with mentoring and preceptoring student and graduate midwives.

I volunteer at the Rotary Community Breastmilk Bank and the Canterbury branch of NZ APEC. I also enjoy midwifery standards reviewing and have engaged in some midwifery supervisory work with the midwifery council. I am a member of the Canterbury Infant and Young Child Feeding Network and the Canterbury Breastfeeding Steering Group.

I began work on my Masters in earnest in 2006 and decided to focus on Antenatal Colostrum Harvesting as a strategy to support breastfeeding for women with Diabetes in pregnancy. I completed my thesis in 2011 and have enjoyed presenting my work at Breastfeeding Study Days, Conferences, Diabetes Study Days, and the Canterbury Breastfeeding Hui. My new interest is in “Mother Seeding” or supporting the development of a healthy microbiome in babies born by elective Caesarean section.

In my spare time I am a mother of 4 grown up children, Oma to 7 beautiful grandchildren with one more on the way. My husband and I farm alpacas on our 11-acre lifestyle block and transform their fibre into exquisite baby clothes. I am a vocal musician and conduct a full choir.

I look forward to supporting the Canterbury-West Coast region of NZCOM in my role as your breastfeeding representative and plan to support you all by implementing new ideas to promote, protect and support breastfeeding in the Canterbury-West Coast region.

March 2021