ICM is governed by an International Council, the decision making body of the organisation, which sets the strategic direction for ICM

ICM is governed by an International Council, the decision-making body of the organisation, which develops ICM’s Triennial Strategy at each Triennial Council Meeting. The Council appoints Board members according to processes set out in the  ICM Constitution   (Article 17, last updated in 2009. The Confederation also works under a set of   By-laws, last updated in June 2017.   The elected President, Vice President and a Treasurer form the Executive Committee of the Board that works closely with the Chief Executive to achieve the ICM's Triennial Strategy.

Organisational structure: 
There are 140 ICM Member Associations  in 121 Countries representing over 1 million midwives. 

Two Members from each Member Association and the Board.  


10 members from six regions: Africa - Anglophone and Francophone (2), Americas - North America and Caribbean and South America  (2), Western-Pacific (1), Eastern Mediterranean Region (1), South East Asia (1), and Europe - Northern, Central and Southern (3). 

The Board includes the Executive Committee: President, Vice-President, and Treasurer. The Chief Executive attends Board meetings in an ex-officio capacity with no voting rights. Board Members are appointed for a three-year term, which can be renewed only once. 

Board members are:

  • Franka Cadée (President) since June 2017 
  • Mary Kirk (Vice-President) since June 2017
  • Ingela Wiklund (Treasurer) since June 2014
  • Jemima Dennis-Antwi (Anglophone Africa) since June 2014
  • Fatoumata S Maiga Dicko (Francophone Africa) since June 2017
  • Emmanuelle Hébert (North America and the Caribbean) since June 2017
  • Sandra Oyarzo Torres (South America) since June 2014
  • Hatsumi Taniguchi (Western Pacific) since June 2017
  • Rafat Jan (Eastern Meditteranean) since June 2014
  • Emi Nurjasmi Indomo (South East Asia) since June 2017
  • Trude Thommesen (Northern Europe) since June 2017
  • Serena Debonnet (Cental Europe) since June 2014
  • Rita Borg Xuereb (Southern Europe) since June 2014


The Governance Structure of ICM



The ICM Head Office is based The Hague, the Netherlands. 

The Head Office team includes: 

  • Chief Executive, Dr Sally Pairman 
  • Lead Midwife Advisor, Ann Yates 
  • Programme and Development Director, Mike Fawcett 
  • Midwife Advisor, Dr Florence West 
  • Midwife Advisor, Martha Bokosi (based in Malawi) 
  • Membership Manager, Charlotte Renard 
  • Project Coordinator, Shantanu Garg 
  • Communications and Advocacy Manager, Sagal Ali
  • Governance Officer and Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive, Isabel Skukan
  • Administrative Assistant, Sigrid Engström
  • Communications and Operations Assistant, Viviana Cubilos
  • Finance Manager, Hans van Dongen 
  • Project Manager (SMS Project), Shree Mandke (Consultant)


Standing Committees

There are four committees that advise the Board.

Education Standing Committee

The ICM Education Standing Committee promotes the international standardisation of midwifery education to support the development and expansion of high quality and effective undergraduate and post graduate midwifery education programmes. It also oversees the production of the resources required to support these standards and their effective implementation internationally.

Regulation Standing Committee

The ICM Regulation Standing Committee focuses on the development and support of regulatory systems that ensure midwifery practice is defined, regulation is in place, practice and education standards are met, midwives are registered/licensed, and midwifery practice is accountable to the public/society. Professional regulation can be defined as the acceptance of responsibility for maintaining standards and practicing within the limits of one’s competence.

Research Standing Committee

The ICM Research Standing Committee and its Research Advisory Network (RAN) provide ICM’s member associations with up to date information on all aspects of midwifery practice, education and service. It plays a key role in the development of the ICM Triennial Congresses. Research is the foundation of midwifery’s Three Pillars and ongoing education and research are the lifeblood of any vibrant profession.

Finance and Risk Commitee

The Finance and Risk Committee advise the Board on the discharge of its fiduciary responsibilities in resource management and governance.

Scientific Professional Programme Committee

The Scientific Professional Programme Committee (SPPC) assesses and approves abstracts and completes the scientific programme for ICM Triennial Congresses. 




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