Meet the team

Dr Rose McCarthy

Facemums Project Lead

Dr Lesley Choucri

Facemums Project Lead

My professional background is in midwifery care and practice. The focus for my doctoral study was practice development through action research where I examined the evolving roles of a group of education and practice development midwives as they led change in clinical practice. This developed my capability in facilitation and coaching for leadership roles in the clinical and academic environments. I am now Co – Principle Investigator with Dr Rose McCarthy on the HEE funded Facemums project.

Jude Jones and Stacey Lee

Facemums Project Midwives

Jude and Stacey are both clinical midwives and were Facewives in one of the original Facemums groups. In their current role as Project Midwives, they are responsible for training and supporting the current Facewives in their role supporting Facemums.

Dr John Chatwin

Research Fellow

John is a Research Fellow in the school of Health and Society at the University of Salford. His research interests include the exploration of communication processes in health and medical settings, focusing particularly on the use of video-ethnographic and micro-analytical approaches. John has published widely in academic and technical fields and has been PI or Co-app on a number of high-profile research projects. He is also a freelance academic filmmaker and runs an independent production company Visible Research, with recent commissions from the NHS, Bupa and the ESRC.

Prof Alison Brettle

Academic Co-Investigator

Alison is Professor in Health Information and Evidence Based Practice with expertise and research interests in evaluating health information services and systematic reviews

Prof Ben Light

Academic Digital Lead

Ben is Professor of Digital Society, and Associate Dean Research and Innovation in the School of Health and Society. Prior to this he held a Research Capacity Building Chair of Digital Media Studies at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. Ben has also worked for the University of Manchester, the NHS Executive and the National Health Service. Ben’s research is concerned with the everyday (non)consumption practices associated with the digital. He also has interests in digital gender and sexuality, digital methods, and digital engagement/evaluation as well as a long standing interest in practices associated with digital dating and hooking up. He has been involved in the generation of over £2.5M in research funding. Previous research partners include the Imperial War Museum, the London Symphony Orchestra, and the LGBT Foundation, and the NHS Cancer Screening Program. You can find out more about his work at

Danielle Butler

Facemums Project Officer

Danielle is responsible for the day-to-day running of the project and can be contacted with any project queries at