Professor Declan Devane is Professor of Midwifery at NUI Galway and Director of the Health Research Board-Trial Methodology Research Network. He is an Associate Editor with the Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group, an Associate Senior Lecturer with the UK Cochrane Centre and an author of numerous Cochrane systematic reviews predominantly in the field of fetal assessment. He has led a number of clinical trials recruiting from 100 to over 3000 participants and serves on a number of Trial Seering Committees and Data Monitoring Boards. He is a past member of the National Clinical Effectiveness Committee and the Midwives Committee of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland. He was a member of the DOH National Maternity Care Strategy Group and HIQA’s Maternity Standards Advisory Group.