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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Violet Clapham

Regional Chair

Kia Ora,

I have worked for a number of years as a home birth midwife in the Christchurch area and was voted into the regional chair role in 2016.

My role as the regional chair is to oversee the work our organisation undertakes in support of members of our community. We are strongly guided by our regional strategic plan, and we have a number of very effective sub-committees that ensure the smooth functioning of regional activities.

We are proud to provide a wide range of support for our members, including educational opportunities, regional meetings, wellness support, research recommendations, and publicity for midwifery.

I represent the region on the NZCOM National Committee, which is our governance body. My role is also to ensure that we meet all obligations for reporting, financial planning, and record keeping, as well as providing ongoing strategic leadership for our members.

If you are interested in a leadership role in the region or just want to become more involved don’t hesitate to contact me.

Kia ora, I am Bex Tidball and I am a community-based midwife in North Canterbury.

I have been a member of the New Zealand College of Midwives for 7 years – first as a consumer, then as a midwifery student, and finally as a registered midwife. I have recently been elected to the office bearer position of secretary for the region which I am enjoying very much.

In my role as secretary I 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.

If you have any queries, please feel free to email me or tap me on the shoulder for a chat!

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Davina Geddes

Vice Regional Chair

Ko Te Upoko o Tahumatā te maunga
Ko Ōkana te awa
Ko Uriao te waka
Ko Ngāti Irakehu, ko Ngāti Makō ngā hapu
Ko Waitaha, ko Ngāti Māmoe, ko Ngāi Tahu ngā iwi
Ko Davina Geddes tōku ingoa

I am currently a Registered Midwife working in both the Birthing Suite and Maternity Ward at Christchurch Women’s Hospital. I have been working in the Maternity Sector for 14 years first as a Childbirth and Parenting Educator and then as an LMC Community midwife. I have held roles in governance and advisory committees and been an active member of Māori Midwifery Roopu. Currently I am a representative on the Ara Midwifery Professional Advisory Committee and Vice-Chair for the Canterbury/West Coast Region of NZCOM.

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.

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Helen Fraser

LMC Liaison


My name is Helen Fraser and I am LMC Liaison for the Canterbury West Coast region.  I have been attending regional meetings since 2007. I am a mentor on the Midwifery First Year of Practice programme and coordinator for the Midwifery Resource centre. I am also a case loading midwife of 9 years working in the Christchurch area.

As liaison I attend many meetings at the DHB covering all areas of the service.

I am passionate about good communication and this is one area I am hoping to improve between the DHB and LMC midwives.

Please feel free to ring, text or email me if you have any issues, good or bad, that you want discuss. I am always happy to meet for a coffee!

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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.

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Lisa Moore

Student Representative

I’m a current 2nd year midwifery student and the 2018-2019 student representative for the Canterbury and West Coast region.

My role is to provide a link between the region and the students by representing the student’s voice.

I also organize the food for the monthly regional meetings to help make it an enjoyable gathering of colleagues.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments you would like taken to our monthly regional meetings.  I will also endeavor to relay information back to you the midwifery student cohort as it comes.