Current Council Members

Officers

Mrs Kim O'Connor

Title

Chair

Bio

I first visited Lourdes in 2004 with the Leeds diocesan pilgrimage and was Lead Nurse from 2011 to 2019. From 2010 I joined the Hexham & Newcastle diocese and began travelling twice a year to Lourdes, then in 2013 I…

Dr Joe O’Dwyer

Title

Vice Chair

Bio

Joe is a consultant anaesthetist. He has travelled with the Arundel and Brighton Pilgrimage for many years, and has become their Chief Doctor this year. He was secretary to the Lourdes Medical Association and International Liaison Officer of the BLMA…

Dr Monica Bald (nee Doyle)

Title

Treasurer

Bio

I started travelling to Lourdes in 1996 as part of the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh Youth Pilgrimage. I absolutely loved the experience and it confirmed my desire to study medicine. I began at the University of Dundee Medical School…

Mrs Paula Mitchell

Title

Membership Secretary

Bio

Paula is lead nurse on the Birmingham Diocesan Pilgrimage.

Dr Jenny Klimiuk

Title

Correspondence Secretary

Members

Ms Nikki Wisdom

Bio

My background is of working as an A&E nurse, latterly as an Emergency Nurse Practitioner, before moving to Primary Care. I completed a degree as a Nurse Practitioner, and am currently studying a MSc in Advanced Practice. I am also…

Dr Hamilton Grantham

Bio

Hamilton travels with the Ampleforth Pilgrimage. He joined the Council in 2019.

Dr Marilyn Browne

Bio

Marilyn is a General Practitioner. Until recently she travelled with the Birmingham Pilgrimage.

Ms Kayleigh Pierce

Bio

I am a nurse and originally from Worthing, Sussex. Having studied at King’s College London, I worked in London for 10 years before transferring from the RAF Reserves to the Regulars. I am now a Nursing Officer working in a…

Ex-Officio Members

Dr Angela Campbell

Title

CMIL Representative

Bio

Angela is a geriatrician working in Glasgow and travels with their pilgrimage. She is the representative for CMIL on the Council.

Dr Michael Moran

Title

Seirbhis Representative

Bio

Michael is a trainee surgeon in ENT. He has been going to Lourdes since he was a teenager and goes with the Connor and Down pilgrimage from Northern Ireland.

Fr Dennis Touw

Title

Chaplain

Bio

Fr. Dennis is Pilgrimage Director of the Westminster Diocesan Pilgrimage and current President of the Pilgrimage Directors Association. He became chaplain to the BLMA in 2019.

Co-Opted Representatives

Dr. Jane Pateman

Bio

I trained in London and worked in Brighton as an anaesthetic consultant until the pandemic. I was a very reluctant companion with two small children on my husband’s first Lourdes pilgrimage in 1997, when I unexpectedly found it an amazing…

Gerard King

Bio

I have worked on five pilgrimages as part of the medical team, crewing a jumbulance and flying, I am just pleased that I have skills that in a little way help sick and disabled people to visit Lourdes. My medical work…

Latest News

Article in the Bulletin De L'Association International de…

24th January, 2021

Joe O'Dwyer and Jane Pateman have an article published in the January edition of the…

Virtual Conference 2020

13th November, 2020

The virtual BLMA conference on 31st October was a great success with over 60 delegates…

BLMA 2020 AGM

13th November, 2020

This years virtual AGM was held immediately prior to our conference. There were a number…