Personal profile


Cheryl was born in Northumberland and completed her secondary education within the local secondary school.  Primarily, Cheryl began her career enlisting in the Royal Navy as an Officer, to train within the Fleet Air Arm as a Pilot and then relocated overseas to Germany to join her husband, also serving with the British Forces, to raise a family.

Cheryl studied her first degree in Human Biology with the Open University and achieved a ‘First’ classification. During ten years in Germany, Cheryl worked for the Ministry of Defence as a Head Teacher of pre-school education as well as teaching foreign languages to forces children at secondary level and relocated to the United Kingdom in 2007.  Following return to the UK, Cheryl gained a post at a secondary school teaching biology and foreign languages in the absence of the subject leader as well as lead an inclusion programme for students who were at risk of exclusion. Cheryl gained further higher education qualifications following her move from Germany and in 2011 she embarked on her journey within Midwifery.

Cheryl graduated from Northumbria University with a First Class BSc Hons in Midwifery Studies in February 2014 and awarded ‘Best Academic Student’ within the Faculty and soon gained employment within a local trust. Following quick succession of preceptorship, Cheryl worked as a rotational Senior Staff Midwife, specialising in antenatal and postnatal care and became part of a core team supporting the antenatal and postnatal ward. During this time, Cheryl became involved with research within the hospital as well as audits, practice developments and gaining funding for Maternity.

Cheryl then gained a sonography post as an Advanced Midwife Practitioner within private healthcare and completed a PGdip in Obstetric Ultrasound Sonography  in April 2018, awarded with Distinction. Today, Cheryl returns to Northumbria University to take position of Graduate Tutor in Midwifery and to study PhD where her passion for midwifery, education and research can unite to assist in pushing towards an even safer and effective maternity service.

Research interests

Research interest and current PhD is psychological health of women who are considered advanced reproductive age.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Education, Other Qualification, Academic Professional Apprenticeship Teaching Specialist, Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education

Sept 2019Aug 2021

Award Date: 2 Aug 2021

Education, PGCert, Post Graduate Certificate Academic Practice, Northumbria University

Sept 2019Aug 2021

Award Date: 2 Aug 2021

PGDip, Obstetric Ultrasound Sonography- Distinction, AECC University College School of Medical Ultrasound

Award Date: 10 Apr 2018

Midwifery, BSc (Hons), First Class Honours, Northumbria University

Award Date: 31 Mar 2014

Mathematical Statistics, Advanced Diploma, Quantitative Methods- Distinction , Northumbria University

Award Date: 30 Jan 2010

Human Biology, BSc, First Class, Open University Milton Keynes

Award Date: 12 Jul 2007


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