Karen Guilliand is the Chief Executive of the New Zealand College of Midwives with 50 years’ midwifery and nursing experience including teaching, research, governance and management.

She has represented midwifery on numerous forums such as the Nursing Council, PHARMAC Board, was a Canterbury DHB member for 6 years and a member of the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) Board for twenty years.

Karen also chaired the ICM Scientific Planning and Programming Committee and currently Co-chairs the ICM Regulation Standing Committee. Karen co-authored “The Midwifery Partnership; A Model for Practice” and “Women’s Business: The history of the NZ College of Midwives” and is the author of  numerous published papers, articles and books.

Karen was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for Services to New Zealand in midwifery and women’s health in 2000. She leads the High Court action on Pay Equity on behalf of the New Zealand College of Midwives.

Karen Guilliland; MA, RGON, RM, ADN, MNZM