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.
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.
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.
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. She does offer a mindfulness approach for some procedures.
Having noticed a gap in care Kate has recently completed the advanced certificate of specialist menopause care. This is so she can help our patients who have been diagnosed with premature ovarian insufficiency. It means we can continue to support the hormonal needs of our patients and ensure a holistic approach to care.
Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
Dr Kate O’Brien is a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Bath Fertility and at the Royal United Hospital, Bath. Since 2005, Kate has specialised in Obstetrics and Gynaecology with particular interest in Acute Gynaecology, Early Pregnancy and Reproductive Medicine. Kate has extensive hysteroscopic and laparoscopic training and has completed a diploma from the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health.
Kate prides herself in treating patients holistically, in listening to them to ascertain their needs and in individualising care. Kate has a keen interest in obstetrics and builds on successful treatment by providing personalised antenatal care to her patients.
Kate has specialist experience in ultrasound scanning and has led the regional postgraduate training scheme for the last 6 years. She teaches Reproduction and Development as part of the University of Bristol MSC and has undertaken training in psychosexual counselling. Kate has published many journal articles and book chapters. She is an active member of the British Fertility Society and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and attends international conferences to challenge herself to continually develop her expertise.
Kate is passionate about the outdoors. She enjoys walking, cycling and being by the sea. She also loves socialising and dancing.
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.
Nick has recently retired from clinical practice but continues to have a keen interest in the ongoing success of Bath Fertility.
Stephanie has worked at Bath Fertility since the clinic first opened in 1994. She previously worked in Southampton, where she also completed her PhD in Reproductive Endocrinology. 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 has been an External Scientific Inspector for the HFEA and a Panel Member for the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Stephanie manages the Embryology and Andrology services for Bath Fertility and is responsible for introducing innovative techniques into the laboratory. She also oversees 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.
Senior Clinical Embryologist
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.
Claire is our Laboratory Assistant. She comes from a background biology and biochemistry. At Bath Fertility, Claire is managing the vital laboratory equipment, which helps to maintain the optimum environment for embryo development. Outside of work, she is currently studying for a second degree in Maths and Statistics at the Open University. Claire already holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Biology from Bath Spa University.
Senior Clinical Embryologist
Emma 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.
Director of Nursing
Helen has worked in the area of Assisted Conception since 1997 and as well as working full time at Bath Fertility has a lot of experience which has been put to good use on a number of national and international committees.
She was an External Clinical Inspector for the HFEA, and was the first nurse to become Honorary Treasurer of the British Fertility Society, looking after the society`s finances for 5 years. Helen is a qualified British Fertility Society trainer for Doctors and Nurses training in Embryo Transfer, Ultrasound, Management of the Infertile Couple and Assisted Conception.
She was a member of, the independent expert group set up by the HFEA to investigate and promote strategies to reduce multiple birth and is proud that Bath Fertility has always followed a policy of elective single embryo transfer policy.
Helen is currently a member of the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology Special Interest Group for Nurses and Midwives. She is also a member of ESHRE Nurse Certification training committee and has helped set up workshops and campus courses to meet the needs of Nurses and Midwives in Europe. Over the next year she will visit China as part of an International Federation of Fertility Societies initiative to extend the skills of Nurses working in Assisted Reproductive Services
Helen leads a team of Nurses at Bath Fertility that pride themselves on remaining friendly and approachable whilst providing a professional and efficient service.
Fertility Nurse Manager
Paula joined our team in early 2016 and is our Fertility Nurse Manager. She has been working in the field of Reproductive Medicine for over 14 years. Paula has completed the British Fertility Society training modules in Embryo Transfer and Pelvic Ultrasound, and recently obtained a MSc degree in Reproduction and Development from the University of Bristol. Her expertise and dedication help us deliver the highest standard of care.
Katie qualified as a Registered Midwife with a BSc (Hons) in 2016 and has experience working in both high-risk and low-risk birth settings. She has a keen interest in fertility, pre-conception care and antenatal care, and is thrilled to be a part of the Nursing team. Katie is continuing to maintain her registration as a midwife, and is excited to implement knowledge from both roles to provide care to patients using a holistic approach.
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.
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.
Health Care Assistant
Hannah joined us in June 2016. She has changed roles within the company and is our new Healthcare Assistant. Hannah is thrilled to work with the nursing team, supporting patients throughout their treatment. She recently completed her phlebotomy course and will be caring for patients following their procedures. Hannah enjoys working within fertility and looks forward to continue working with the team creating more families
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 .
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.
Poppy qualified from the University of the West of England in 2016 with a BSc (Hons) Degree in Adult Nursing. Following qualifying, she undertook a rotational post, working within both Intensive Care and Accident and Emergency. She has a keen interest in fertility and is delighted to join the team at Bath Fertility.
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.
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.
Natalie is a highly dedicated member of the Director’s team with a wealth of experience, allowing her to effectively lead the high performing multi-disciplinary teams and ensure that operational and financial targets and regulatory requirements are met. Natalie has well developed leadership skills, experience of project delivery and facilities management expertise, as well as proven abilities in identifying and developing business growth opportunities. Natalie’s achievements include managing the complex project of transferring the service and build of our new centre following 19 years at the Royal United Hospital and overseeing the expansion of Bath Fertility to Bristol. 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.
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.
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.
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 team. Since joining Bath Fertility she has covered various roles within the Business team and moved into the role of Project Manager in August 2017. She is therefore knowledgeable in all aspects of Bath Fertility’s business administration including the NHS funding process. In her role as Project Manager her focus is now on ensuring the projects for the development of our service are delivered to plan, although she is still works very closely with the Patient Advisory team and is therefore available to advise patients on services, booking appointments, NHS funding etc.
Mari is responsible for developing, implementing and executing all marketing and communications activities for the company. Working closely with the Commercial Director and various stakeholders, she creates effective marketing strategies designed to provide the best care for our patients. Mari oversees the production of all promotional materials and marketing campaigns. Her educational background includes a MSc degree in Management from the University of Bath and a BA(Hons) degree in Journalism from Falmouth University.
Patient Advisory Team
Jenny manages the Patient Advisory team and ensures a smooth running of the Admin office. She is responsible for the recruitment process and training of new staff. Alongside this Jenny organises the monthly Open Evenings and maintains the clinicians' schedules. With her background in healthcare and administration, she is compassionate and understanding, supporting many of our patients through their journey at every stage.
Fran is one of our Patient Advisors, with an extensive background in administration within the NHS, Fran’s role is to support and encourage new and existing patients through their fertility journey. Alongside with our Patient Advisory team, she is a first point of contact and helps our patients with any enquiries they may have.
Emily is one of our Patient Advisors. With a background in administration and customer service, Emily’s role is to support and provide exceptional care to our patients throughout their fertility journey. As a first point of contact, she will help you with any enquiries you may have about your treatment. As part of the Patient Advisor team she will support patients with funding applications and keep them informed throughout the process. Alongside this she will provide support to our Access Fertility finance package and manage patients using this.
Front of House Patient Advisor
Isser will be one of the first people you meet when you walk into the clinic. She has an extensive background in customer service and will ensure that our patients get a warm welcome as soon as they walk through our doors. Isser will help to organise your treatment appointments with our clinical team, she assists the Patient Advisors with administrational work and organise one-to-one visits.
Paula is a member of our Patient Advisory team. With a strong background in administration and human resources, Paula’s role is to support and encourage new and existing patients through their fertility journey. She also assists with organising our monthly Open Evenings, booking consultations and applying for funding.
Reproductive Medicine Team
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kate is a BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor. She has been working as a Counsellor since she was trained more than 20 years ago and now brings her depth and breadth of experience to Bath Fertility. Kate is also a Barnardos approved Adoption Counsellor and is particularly interested in Attachment and how it impacts on adult relationships.