Meet the Team
Profiles of the team, many of whom have been with us for over 20 years. Some are pioneers in fertility treatment and are often referred to by teams around the country for second opinions.
Senior Medical Director
Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist in Bath since 1989 when he started the Reproductive Medicine Clinic. He founded Bath Fertility Centre (formerly Bath Assisted Conception Clinic) in 1994. Nick undertook his training in IVF during a year's sabbatical, as honorary visiting consultant at the Reproductive Medicine Unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Adelaide, South Australia. In addition to acquiring the techniques of assisted reproduction, he was responsible for establishing the donor oocyte program in South Australia and the Northern Territory. Medical Director and Person Responsible since we opened, and has seen it grow from a small unit doing 50 cycles of IVF in the first year, to a clinic providing over 400 cycles of IVF and ICSI per year as well as many other types of treatment.
Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist in Bath since 1996. He qualified in Birmingham in 1985, and obtained a Doctorate of Medicine from Warwick University during a two-year research post in Reproductive Medicine at Coventry. He has published many papers on embryo and blastocyst culture and established a service for men with obstructive azoospermia. He retains a keen interest in obstetrics, following through the successful outcomes of treatments. David is Clinical Director of Gynaecology at the Royal United Hospital and Chair of the Surgical Division.
GP Specialist MBBS, MRCGP, BSc Psychology, DRCOG, DFFP.
After completing her medical training including an intercalated degree in Psychology, Kate originally worked as a GP and completed her MRCGP. She did this for ten years. She also developed an interest in Sexual and Reproductive Health early on in her career and also completed her Diploma of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and her Diploma of Family Planning. She has worked as a GP with a Special Interest in Sexual Health since 2003 initially in Bournemouth and then at the Royal United Hospital in Bath. She has also done extra training in Psychosexual Medicine. Kate joined the Bath Fertility in 2008 and works both within the Reproductive Medicine service and the Assisted Conception service. She still works occasionally with the sexual health team and also runs Wellbeing workshops for medical students. She uses the combination of skills she has developed over the years to help make the patient journey as easy as it can be at Bath Fertility Centre. She does offer a mindfulness approach for some procedures. Having noticed a gap in care in our region for those patients she was seeing who had been diagnosed with premature ovarian insufficiency, she is undertaking extra training to complete her Advanced Certificate in Specialist Menopause care and aims to enhance the service we already offer to our patients with this extra experience.
Consultant Gynaecologist and Accredited Sub-Specialist
Ed Coats is a Consultant Gynaecologist and accredited Sub-specialist in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. He currently works as a consultant at Bath Fertility and the Royal United Hospital in Bath. He undertook his training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology around Bristol and Bath in the South West and subsequently completed subspecialty training in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery in Nottingham. Ed has had extensive training in hysteroscopic and laparoscopic surgery and has completed the Diploma from the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health (DFSRH) of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. He holds a Masters in the Legal Aspects of Medical Practice (LLM). Mr Coats focused his research on the impact of Assisted Reproduction techniques on pregnancy outcomes. His MD at the University of Nottingham focused on the impact of embryo transfer on IVF outcomes. He has published his research and written book chapters and presented and won awards at both national and international fertility meetings. His special interests include reproductive endocrinology, the menopause, turners syndrome and medical law. He is a member of the British Fertility Society and Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Ed aims to tailor medical treatment to the individual needs of his patients using an evidence-based approach.
Joined us 1997. Helen has been an inspector for the HFEA since 2003, and was Honorary Treasurer of the British Fertility Society for 5 years. She was a member of the independent expert group set up by the HFEA to advise on strategies to reduce multiple births, and remains on the Editorial Board of the One at a Time website. In June 2014 Helen was appointed Chair of the Paramedical Group for the European Society of Human Reproduction & Embryology. Helen leads a team of nurses that pride themselves on remaining friendly and approachable whilst providing a professional and efficient service.
Fertility Nurse Specialist
Clare is a Fertility Nurse Specialist with experience as a midwife. She has worked at Bath Fertility since 1996 and is one of the first nurses in the UK to have trained as an embryo transfer practitioner and subsequently directly trained nurses in this procedure. Clare coordinates our donor programme which she has developed to include altruistic donation, egg sharing, known egg donation, embryo donation and surrogacy. She was part of the team appearing in the BBC One Life documentary series “Three sisters – one baby” which followed three sisters along their journey of donation and surrogacy.
Fertility Nurse Specialist
Joined us as a Fertility Nurse Specialist in 2005, leaving midwifery after more than 20 years. Her particular interests are early pregnancy and pre-conceptual care. Helen has been supported by the Centre to apply and be accepted onto the Royal College of Nursing Fertility Nurse Forum for a 4 year post . The members meet regularly at the RCN Headquarters, London. Amongst other tasks Helen assists in the planning of the annual RCN fertility Study Days, undertakes research , writes and prepares best practice/training guides for Fertility Nursing as a Nurse Specialist representatives on (amongst others) the HFEA, NHS England, Donor Network, Multiple Birth Strategy Group Meetings. Helen maintains her registration as a Midwife and acts as a link between the Specialities .
Leads the embryology team and has worked at the centre since its inception in 1994. She trained in Southampton and completed her PhD in reproductive endocrinology there. Stephanie is one of the founder members of the Association of Clinical Embryologists (ACE) and sits on its Training Committee as an external assessor for trainee embryologists across the country. She is also an External Advisor for the HFEA and a Panel Member for the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC), the body which administers registration for practising embryologists in the UK. Stephanie is responsible for introducing innovative techniques into the laboratory. She is also in charge of quality management throughout the clinic.
Joined the team in 2005 following the completion of her embryology training at Southampton, where she gained her ACE Certificate in Clinical Embryology. She graduated from the University of Southampton with an honours degree in biology. Sarah is a mentor for trainee embryologists, manages the ordering system and co-ordinates transport of frozen samples between clinics.
Emma Napier joined our team in 2012. She graduated in 2008 from the University of Lincoln with a first class BSc degree in Biomedical Sciences, and spent four years as a Biomedical Scientist at Bristol's Southmead Hospital. Emma studied for the Association of Clinical Embryologists Certificate in Clinical Embryology and recently attained her registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a clinical scientist. Emma is currently one of the study coordinators for the Pipelle for Pregnancy (PIP) study.
Hannah joined in 2016 having previously worked at the Centre for Reproductive Medicine, Coventry where she completed the Scientist Training Programme (STP) in Embryology. As part of her training she gained a distinction in her MSc degree in Clinical Sciences (Reproductive Medicine) from the University of Nottingham and attained her registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Hannah graduated from the University of Bath in 2011 with a first class BSc degree in Biochemistry. From 2017, Hannah will be Training Secretary on the Association of Clinical Embryologists (ACE) Executive Committee.
Scarlett joined the team in 2017 after completing her PhD in Medical Sciences at Warwick University. During this time she worked within the Biomedical Research Unit, which specialises in recurrent miscarriage and implantation failure and identified novel embryo-secreted factors that influence pregnancy outcome. She completed her training in embryology at the Centre for Reproductive Medicine, Coventry and was awarded the ACE Certificate in Clinical Embryology in 2012. Scarlett holds a BSc honours degree in Human Sciences and an MSc degree in Prenatal Genetics and Fetal Medicine, with distinction, from University College London.
Fertility Nurse Specialist
Paula joined our team in early 2016. She has spent the last 13 years working within the field of Reproductive Medicine, abroad and across UK. She is passionate about fertility and is currently expanding her knowledge, undertaking the MSc Reproduction and Development at University of Bristol. Her expertise and dedication helps us deliver the highest standards of care.
Joined us in 2009. She has a certificate in Diagnostic Semen Analysis from the Association of Biomedical Andrologists. Helen is also responsible for maintaining the vital laboratory equipment which helps maintain the optimum environment for embryo development.
Fertility Nurse Specialist
Julie holds a postgraduate diploma in Adult Nursing and has a background in gynaecology, gained from the Royal United Hospital in Bath. Julie joined the team in 2003 and is a senior nurse with almost 20 years’ experience. She delivers the very highest standard of nursing care and supports patients through each and every step of their fertility journey, in a friendly, informative and compassionate manner.
Health Care Assistant
Lucy joined the team in June 2016 after three years working in the emergency department of the Royal United hospital Bath and two years in surgical care. She works alongside the fertility nurse specialists at Bath Fertility. Lucy supports patients when they come for scans and procedures, caring for their needs and listening to any concerns they may have. Having completed her phlebotomy course, she takes bloods from patients and enjoys being at the heart of everything. Lucy really enjoys working in the specialist area of fertility, where she can make a difference completing families.
Fertility Nurse Specialist
Freya joined our team in 2016. She graduated in 2014 with a post graduate Diploma in Adult Nursing from the University of Kingston. Since qualifying, she has worked in the field of both gynaecology and reproductive medicine. As part of the nursing team, Freya helps to support patients at every stage of their treatment and aims to always provide a friendly and compassionate service.
Cherish joined the team in early 2017 and comes from a background in Gynaecology Pre-and Post-registration at St Michael’s Hospital in Bristol. She has a keen interest in teaching and has completed her Facilitating Learning and Assessment in Practice at Masters level. Cherish has also obtained a certificate in counselling, enabling her to best support couples and individuals undergoing fertility treatment. She holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Adult Nursing from the University of West England.
Natalie joined the senior management team in 2012 as Business Manager and managed the complex project of transferring the service and build of our new centre following 19 years at the Royal United Hospital. Natalie is responsible for the operational management and leadership of the business team as well as the HR, H&S, contracts and facilities. She brings with her a wide range of business skills to include Events management of the Commonwealth Championships, Quality Assessor for an Anglia Ruskin University qualifications, Commercial Directorship of an ecological consultancy and business owner.
Gill (BSc Psychology, UADip Couple Counselling, MBACP (Reg), MBICA ) is an experienced counsellor, working with Individual and Couple counselling, and specialising in Fertility Counselling and Psychosexual therapy. In addition to working at the Clinic, Gill works with Relate and also runs a Private Practice.
Ruth has over 20 years experience of NHS finance and works with our NHS Commissioners to secure an efficient and effective service. She will also work to ensure we achieve value for money in all our services.
Hannah is one of our friendly Patient Advisors. She has worked in customer service for the past five years, her role is to support and guide patients offering exceptional and compassionate customer care. She will ensure patients receive all the information and advice they need at the start and throughout treatment with us. Hannah is also the administrator for Access Fertility, a separate company who work closely with Bath Fertility to provide patients with IVF refund and money back plans.
Lead Patient Advisor
Leads the patient advisor team, who are responsible for making sure all incoming enquiries to the business are dealt with efficiently and promptly, as well as helping run our open evenings. Jenny manages the patient advisor workloads and works alongside our Practice Manager to ensure smooth running of the admin office. With her background in healthcare and administration, she is compassionate and understanding, supporting many of our patients through their journey at every stage. Jenny is also our Donor Administrator and works alongside our donor coordinators to run our donor programme which assists patients in donating eggs or receiving eggs.
Isser makes up part of our Patient Advisory team. She is responsible for dealing with enquiries and ensuring that patients are comfortable and confident with our service and all aspects of clinic admin are seamless and efficient. Isser has a background in customer service and assists with our marketing functions, including the running of our open evenings.
Sarah is our Finance Officer and manages the invoicing process for our self-funded, CCG and Access patients. She also oversees all supplier and patient queries and payments, bank reconciliations and payroll. With a background in accounting and customer service, Sarah helps our accounting and banking processes to run smoothly whilst also delivering high standards of customer care.
Michele joined the team in 2013. Having initially worked in administration in local and Scottish NHS General Practices, she then pursued a career in project management. She brings a wide mix of both public and private sector experience to the role of funding co-ordinator and is responsible for managing the NHS funding application process for our patients. She also works with the finance co-ordinator to support the Practice Manager in the efficient day to day running of the business administration team.
Mari joined our team in 2017 and comes from a background in marketing, branding and PR. She has worked both in the UK and abroad. At Bath Fertility, Mari is responsible for implementing our marketing activities, including developing a strong presence on social media. She is also the main point of contact to GPs. Mari graduated from the University of Bath in 2016 with an MSc degree in Management. She also holds a BA (Hons) degree in Journalism from Falmouth University.
Tracey joined us in 2004 and is a highly experienced member of our business team with an extensive background in administration. She oversees the preparation and planning of the Reproductive Medicine clinics as well as providing secretarial support to our Medical Directors and the wider team.
Sharon ensures that the wide varieties of clinical and patient needs are met. Sharon, having worked as a building surveyor is now enjoying the challenges of working within a healthcare setting.
Sarah Smith is one of our most experienced Administrators with an extensive background in medical administration. Sarah ensures that the fertility and Reproductive Medicine clinics run smoothly, consultant notes are transcribed and communicated efficiently and provides an effective administrative service to teams across the clinic.
With a career background in healthcare and expertise in reception front desk roles, Julie knows exactly how to make you feel welcome and at ease when you first walk into our clinic. As a Receptionist she’ll be one of the first people you meet and will help to organise your treatment appointments with our clinic team.
Jo joined the team in 2015 and brings expertise in marketing and communications. She is passionate about great healthcare and believes in transparency of information. Jo is responsible for developing the brand and building the profile of the centre through good and effective communications.