Our Trustees

Meet our current Board of Trustees. These dedicated individuals give generously of their time and energy to provide Amma with strategic insight and organisational leadership to help us achieve our mission. 


Pam Radage

Pam has spent her career in Human Resources (HR), working across a number of sectors and latterly providing advice to Boards.


She has largely worked in the corporate sector, although she has supported a number of charities over the years—including a child contact centre in London.

Currently, Pam  runs her own HR and change management consultancy. She is the HR Director of Netball Scotland.  


Ross Purdie


Ross serves as Treasurer of Amma Birth Companions, which is his first volunteer role of this kind. 

Originally a qualified accountant (ACMA), Ross has worked in a variety of corporate finance roles for large public companies in both the UK and Canada. He is currently a Partner and Vice President for Gemstone Logistics,

As a father of two, Ross has seen firsthand how a positive birth can impact both mother and baby's well-being—making him a firm supporter of Amma's mission.


S. Abdulkareem
Trustee, Birth Companion

Ms. Abdulkareem has a Masters degree in Agriculture for Sustainable Development from the University of Greenwich.


She is originally from Kurdistan, where she was a lecturer for five years.


She started a volunteering role in 2018 with the British Red Cross as a caseworker in Mum's Service, and joined Amma shortly thereafter as a trustee and birth companion. 


Margaret Cannon
Trustee, Mentor

Margaret has more than 30 years' experience as a nurse and midwife in both the public and private sectors in the UK and overseas. 

Margaret practised as a senior midwife while living in the Middle East, and was a nurse during her time in Jersey, Channel Islands. 


Latterly, while living in New York, Margaret worked for the United Nations in the Medical Services Division. 


Eventually, Margaret chose to become an independent doula—a role she finds very rewarding.

Margaret is a member of the Scottish Doula Network. 


Helen MacDonald
Co-founder, Trustee

Helen has been supporting and educating birthing women for more than 30 years.

She spent more than five years volunteering as a doula in partnership with the British Red Cross Mums Project. Through the Mums Project, she provided pregnancy and birth support to asylum seeking and refugee women. 

Helen's involvement with the Mums Project highlighted for her an urgent need to continue offering this service to vulnerable women in Glasgow. Driven by a passion to help asylum seeking and refugee women birth safely and with support, Helen embraced the opportunity to found Amma. 

Now, in addition to providing oversight of the organisation, Helen applies her decades of birth experience to help mentor Amma's volunteer birth companions. 


Boatemaa Ofori-Frimpong


Boatemaa is from Ghana, where she trained as a Medical Laboratory Technologist. She also has experience of teaching in a primary school and setting up her own kids club in Ghana.


Boatemaa migrated to Glasgow to further her studies at the MSc and PhD levels at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU), in the area of Cell and Molecular  Biology.


Boatemaa has been involved in research and teaching at GCU. She is a mum who is aware of the challenges migrant mums experience.


Emma Simpson

Emma is a fundraising and events coordinator working in central Glasgow. After working across the public and third sectors in England, Emma moved up to Glasgow in 2017. 


Emma grew up internationally in homes across Europe, America and Russia, bringing lived experience of growing up in immigrant communities and the structural privileges that affect life in a new country. 


Emma is passionate about the intersection of vulnerabilities that create challenges for women and other pregnant people and has been volunteering with Amma since its formal beginnings. 

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Amma Birth Companions 2020

Amma Birth Companions is a charity registered in Scotland (SC049280)

Amma is generously funded by:

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