The Team

Claire Homeyard

Claire Homeyard

Claire is consultant midwife (public health) at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust. She is also Director of the Polyanna Project and takes the lead on policy for commissioned work. In these two roles she has published and presented nationally and internationally.

A generous award from the London Network for Nurses and Midwives funded Claire’s doctoral studies in 2015/16. In 2016 Claire became a Florence Nightingale Scholar.
Claire continues to represent midwifery on a number of regional and national forums and has a special interest in ensuring those women considered ‘hard to reach’ have access to maternity services. She has published on this area and related public health issues in local, national and international journals and key midwifery texts including Mayes Midwifery.

Whilst on secondment to the NMC in 2009-11 Claire was involved in work related to medicines management; safeguarding adults; public health; supervision of midwives and EU and international policy.

She has an MSc in Public Health from The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and is a doctoral researcher at King’s College London.

Anna Gaudion

Anna Gaudion

Anna has an academic background in Social Anthropology, Museum Ethnography/Anthropology of Art and Refugee Studies. She has had an eclectic career pathway intertwining the arts and health care, initially as a nurse, then a midwife weaving through experience as a curator at the British Museum and an art critic for London based theatre and arts news. She was a lecturer in the Anthropological aspects of women’s health at Kings College London and currently lectures at City University on Group Antenatal care.

In 2004 she directed and made the film, ‘Florence, the experience of becoming a mother in exile’. Subsequently she has led on a number of projects and audits within the Third sector, Maternity services, University and for Clinical Commissioners.

She currently works as a midwife on the ‘Home from Home birth centre’ at St Thomas’ Hospital.

Heidi Cutts


Heidi has a background in art and heritage. She studied at Chelsea School of Art and is the artist/designer for The Polyanna Project.

She worked for the British Museum’s Africa Programme, developing regionally focused training materials and workshops, for museums in East and West Africa. Heidi is currently working on educational resources for British Museum projects in Nigeria and Ghana.

She has a special interest in the art and culture of Ethiopia and studied Amharic at S.O.A.S. Heidi was awarded an Honorary research fellowship at University of Roehampton in 2016 while working with a multi-disciplinary team of archaeologists, scientists, heritage specialists to investigate the history and significance of chicken keeping, in empowering women in Ethiopia.

Heidi is currently working on an exciting new HLF heritage project for the Church of St George the Martyr in Southwark.

Cathy Godfrey

Cathy Godfrey

Cathy, a mother of two, has a background in Health Psychology. She has worked on NHS research and audit projects, including as North Thames Regional Audit Coordinator for GUM, HIV/ AIDS, facilitating a network to make and audit best practice guidelines and was a project manager for a “Putting Patients First” project for Camden and Islington CMHT developing a touch screen information and feedback resource for community patients.

She has evaluated arts projects and exhibitions and worked with children and parents as a Learning Mentor, in a school where English is a second language for over 50% of families. Environmental work has included reviews of ESRC geography projects and environmental messaging by SMEs for DEFRA, engaging schools and the wider community in environmental practice and developing therapeutic and play gardens that establish wider access for community groups.

Ruba Sivagnanam


Ruba originally practiced as a criminal barrister at the leading human rights chambers of Baroness Helena kennedy QC and then began work in the public sector as a policy advisor on issues relating to equality and rights. Within this area she has placed particular emphasis on disability, maternity and race. After working as head of policy, information and campaigns at the Maternity Alliance where she edited publications including Muslim Women’s Experience of Maternity services and the surestart Hand book.

She now works as a consultant in the private sector developing strategies for communications with hard to reach groups, particularly within ethnic minority communities. She is a very experienced public speaker, presenter and broadcaster.