Marcus Green BA (Hons), FRSA, MIOEE  Chief Executive Officer

Marcus joined the charity as Interim CEO in 2016, taking up a permanent post in June 2017. He is responsible for the day to day success of the charity and is based at the Evesham office on a part time basis.  He is a trustee of an anorexia charity, a member a United Nations University Advisory Panel, non-executive chairman of two companies and runs his own management consultancy advising charity leaders.


Rowan Grigg; BA (Hons) PGCE | Education Officer

Rowan joined the charity in January 2013. As a qualified teacher, Rowan’s skills and experience in the education arena are a valuable asset to the APEC team.

Rowan works part time with APEC as Education Officer responsible for organising our invaluable pre-eclampsia study days and educational events. She also monitors the online learning,  coordinates the London Marathon APEC team as well as writing funding applications from Trusts.

Rowan juggles working at APEC with her other job: being mum to two teens and a four year old

Charlie Gledhill | Administration Officer

Charlie joined the charity in January 2020.  As APEC’s newest addition, Charlie is just starting out in her career and we are delighted she has joined the team as admininstration officer for APEC. Charlie brings a wealth of  IT knowledge and enthusiasm to the charity as we continue to build on raising awareness and reaching new audiences.

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and looking after her young son.


Dr Carol Cooper; MA MB BChir (Cantab) MRCP (UK)

Carol Cooper is a doctor, writer and parent. She works as a part-time GP in London and teaches at Imperial College Medical School. Her medical journalism has appeared in a wide range of publications and she broadcasts on TV and radio. She is The Sun newspaper’s doctor and president of the Guild of Health Writers. Her non-fiction books include a number of pregnancy and parenting books such as Twins and Multiple Births: the essential guide, and she is co-author of the award-winning student textbook General Practice at a Glance.

Carol is honorary consultant in family medicine to Twins Trust. Her other charity work includes Lucy Air Ambulance for Children, Arthritis Care, National Osteoporosis Society and National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society. Carol has three sons (including twins)  who are now young adults.

Professor Andy Shennan; MBBS FRCOG MD (Chair of Trustees)

Andrew Shennan is Professor of Obstetrics at King’s College London, based at St. Thomas’ Hospital. He is clinical lead of the Maternal and Fetal Research Unit, and specialises in clinical trials in antenatal and intrapartum care. His research interests include interventions to prevent preterm birth, pre-eclampsia, encouragement of normal birth and the use of blood pressure monitoring.

He chaired the Department of Health Committee on Blood Pressure Monitoring in clinical practice, and sits on the relevant committees for the International Standardisation Organization (ISO) and the British Hypertension Society (BHS). He also advises the World Health Organisation (WHO) on perinatal research.

Emeritus Professor James Walker; MD FRCP

James was Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the University of Leeds, working in St James University Hospital until September 2019. James is the Clinical Director of Maternity Investigations and Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB)He is former National Professional Advisor for Maternity care Quality Commission (CQC) and Former Senior Vice President of the RCOG with a remit for Global Women’s Health. His special interest is in High-Risk Obstetrics particularly Early Pregnancy Loss, Pre-eclampsia, Labour Ward Management and Obstetric Emergencies. He was instrumental in the orchestration of DAUs.

James is involved in various charities and advocate groups including APEC, of which he became a trustee  in 1995 and is now the Medical Director.

Professor Catherine Nelson-Piercy; MBBSMA, FRCP, FRCOG

Catherine Nelson-Piercy is a Consultant Obstetric Physician at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospitals Trust and Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital in London. Her undergraduate studies were at King’s College, Cambridge University and St Bartholomew’s Hospital. She specialises in the care of women with medical problems in pregnancy. Professor Nelson-Piercy runs special joint clinics for women with renal disease, cardiac, and rheumatic disorders in pregnancy and offers pre-pregnancy counselling for women with pre-existing medical problems and those with problems in previous pregnancies.

Professor Nelson-Piercy has been involved in the development of several evidence-based National Guidelines, has over 200 publications, has edited five books and written the successful Handbook of Obstetric Medicine.

Professor Nelson-Piercy is the President of the International Society of Obstetric Medicine (ISOM) and was the first Flexible Working Officer for the Royal College of Physicians of London. She is editor in chief of a new journal ‘Obstetric Medicine: the medicine of pregnancy.’ and is advisor to the British National Formulary for Drugs in pregnancy and in breastfeeding. In 2010 she was awarded the title of Professor of Obstetric Medicine at King’s College London. She became a trustee of APEC in July 2002.


Janet Bray has provided independent consultancy in pharmaceutical medicine and worked as a medical writer since 1991. Her interests are in Psychiatry, Neurology, Immunolog, Metabolic Medicine, Sexual Medicine, Rheumatology, Orphan drugs and Paediatrics. She has extensive experience in working with Pre-clinical and clinical data and statistics in drug development programmes and was a clinical pharmacist for 8 years before entering the entering pharmaceutical medicine and medical communications sphere. She became a trustee of APEC in May 2001.

Dr Kim Turner

Kim Turner is an Obstetrics and Gynaecology specialty trainee in the Northwest Thames Deanery. She has been involved with APEC since she developed pre-eclampsia during her first pregnancy in 1993. She initially worked as a local organiser and became a trustee in 2003.

Ms Dianne Garland; SRN RM ADM PGCEA MSc

Dianne has been a midwife since 1983 and teaching about waterbirth since 1989. Her work has taken her all over the world, from Australia, China, United States and India. She has written numerous articles with a new version of her book “Revisiting waterbirth – an attitude to care”  published May 2017.

Dianne works as an expert witness, University lecturer and maintains her clinical skills on a midwife led and consultant unit at a local hospital. She is director for clinical governance Waterbirth international and waterbirth consultant to Wenzhou Oriental maternity unit China. In 2014 became midwife advisor to Healthy mother wellness and care Hyderabad India.

In 2005 Dianne became freelance to expand these roles within her company Since this time Dianne has continued to work around the world and develop new roles and interests.

Mr Rex Delicate; MA, Chartered MIPD

Rex is an experienced HR adviser. His past positions include Head of HR for two component manufacturing companies and a wide range of HR consultancy assignments.

His motivation for joining Action on Pre-eclampsia as a trustee? Rex would like  to “pay back” some of the success he has achieved and lay his business and people skills available to APEC.

Vijya Varshani

Vijya and her husband Priyesh have been supporters of APEC since 2012, when Vijya was very unwell with pre-eclampsia.

Tragically, their baby son Krishan was born sleeping at just 27 weeks, and they bravely went on to raise nearly £3000 for APEC in his memory. Vijya became a trustee of the charity in 2015 and regularly speaks at our study days for midwives about her experience. She lives in London with her husband and two young sons Shaylan and Rishi.