There are many people involved in your care and treatment and your team is made up of highly trained and qualified IVF and fertility specialists. Here are the profiles of some people you might meet.

Clinical Team

Mr Tim Child - Medical Director & HFEA Person Responsible

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Associate Professor in Reproductive Medicine, University of Oxford.
Honorary Consultant Gynaecologist, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford.
Founding Director, The Fertility Partnership.

Professor Child is an Internationally renowned fertility specialist. He was the IVF clinician who helped put together the current NICE Fertility Guidelines and is a board member of Fertility Fairness, a lobbying group for greater NHS IVF funding. He is also the co-author of UK’s highest selling textbook in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (Impey & Child; Obstetrics and Gynaecology). His particular areas of interest are infertility, oocyte in-vitro maturation (IVM), recurrent miscarriage, PCOS, reproductive immunology and laparoscopic surgery with special interest in endometriosis. In 2012 he helped bring together Oxford Fertility and IVF-Hammersmith to form The Fertility Partnership (TFP), of which he is a Director. TFP is now the largest provider of IVF treatments in the UK across its 7 clinics.

Dr Muhammad Fatum - Medical Team Manager & Specialist and Fellow in Reproductive Medicine

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Dr Fatum, a Specialist and Senior Fellow in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery, completed his subspecialty training in reproductive medicine and surgery at Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department and IVF Center at the Hebrew University- Hadassah Hospital. Dr Fatum then completed a Research Fellowship in Reproductive Immunology at the Cellular and Molecular Immunology laboratory, Microbiology Department, Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School. He completed a three year programme of Fellowship in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery at Oxford Fertility Unit, Institute of Reproductive Sciences and Nuffield Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the John Radcliffe Hospital / University of Oxford. He also worked then as a Clinical Lecturer for the University of Oxford.
Dr Fatum’s areas of special interest include minimally invasive endoscopic surgery, preimplantation genetic screening and diagnosis, IVM and fertility preservation in cancer patients.

Patrick Vandekerckhove - Consultant in Fertility

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Dr Charles Muteshi - Fertility Specialist and Research Fellow

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Dr Muteshi, Fertility Specialist and Research Fellow with Oxford University, completed his training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Aga Khan University in Kenya. He was then awarded and completed a two year International Clinical Research Fellowship with Oxford Fertility, Institute of Reproductive Sciences and Nuffield Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the John Radcliffe Hospital/ University of Oxford with an interest in endometriosis and in vitro fertilisation (IVF/ICSI)treatment. Currently Dr. Muteshi is actively involved with Endometriosis Care and Research at Nuffield Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology pursuing his interest in minimal access surgery. In addition, Dr. Muteshi has a special interest in Preimplantation Genetic Screening and Diagnosis.

Lara Hodges - Clinical Research Fellow

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Ahmed El-Zibdeh - Clinical Research Fellow

Roz Shaw-Smith - Chartered Psychologist

Ginny Mounce - Research Nurse

Lab Team

Dr Karen Turner - Consultant Embryologist & Laboratory Manager

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As an experienced embryologist, Karen joined Oxford Fertility to lead the laboratory team in 2002. The Unit now performs over 2000 cycles per annum. Previously, Karen has lead laboratory teams at both Sheffield Fertility Centre and Burton Centre for Reproductive Medicine. Karen is a State Registered Clinical Scientist. She was Chair of the Association of Clinical Embryologists (ACE), the UK professional body for Embryologists, from 2000 to 2003 and was an External assessor on the Training Committee for a number of years. Karen was the first embryologist to sit on the British Fertility Society committee and has previously been an external advisor for the HFEA. She has recently become the first President of the ACE.

Caroline Ross - Deputy Lab Manager

Jo Craig - Senior Clinical Embryologist

Tracey Griffiths - Senior Clinical Embryologist

Aysha Bevan - Senior Clinical Embryologist

Anna Vincent - Senior Clinical Embryologist

Rebecca Swann - Clinical Embryologist

Kate Field - Clinical Embryologist

Rebecca Frettsome - Clinical Embryologist

Sevanna Shahbazian - Pre-Registrant Clinical Embryologist

Chris Christodoulou - Pre-Registrant Clinical Embryologist

Heather Meek - Andrologist

Charlotte Willis - Andrologist

Charlotte Lamb - Andrologist

Debbie Timson - Laboratory Technician

Elaine Egden - Laboratory Support Administrator

Tanya Connolly - Laboratory Support Administrator

Nursing team

Nikki Turner - Nurse Manager

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Nikki qualified as a Registered Nurse from Plymouth University in 1990 and continued to work in Plymouth on a large gynaecology ward after graduation. She completed a diploma in Health Care studies from Plymouth University in 1993 and was promoted to senior staff nurse. Nikki joined the Oxford Fertility team in 1995 as a fertility nurse and completed her qualification in Fertility Nursing from Southbank University in 2002. She completed an ultrasound course in 2007 has been helping to manage the nursing team as Deputy Nurse Manager since 2009. She has been responsible for training the junior nursing staff and holds regular refresher sessions for all medical staff. She took over the department in 2015 and now manages the nursing team.

Elaine Bowen - Deputy Nurse Manager

Bridget Harris - Fertility Nurse

Sam Povey - Fertility Nurse

Victoria Mills - Fertility Nurse

Jane Castle - Fertility Nurse

Lauren Glanville - Fertility Nurse

Annette Tullett - Fertility Nurse

Polya Ivanova - Fertility Midwife

Stephanie Pryor - Fertility Midwife

Nikki Cachia - Fertility Midwife

Lesley Pidoux - Ultrasonographer

Jane Butler - Ultrasonographer

Clare Clibbon - Operating Dept Practitioner

Mandy Walker - Healthcare Assistant

Kelly Hutt - Healthcare Assistant

Sharon Brewerton - Healthcare Assistant

Claire Thompson - Healthcare Assistant

Angela Clancy - Nurse Administrator

Kathy Baker - Egg Donation Coordinator

Administration team

Anne Francis - General Manager

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Anne’s early years were spent in senior management roles in hotels in the UK and Europe before moving to South Africa in 1989. Anne spent 25 years in South Africa running top hotels; NGO’s which encouraged young South Africans to start their own entrepreneurial businesses and also ran her own Marketing, Communication Company. She returned to the UK in June 2014 and ran a private Beauty & Make-Up School in London before joining Oxford Fertility in May 2016. Her strong management and business skills and focus on the patient journey are integral to the growth and development of Oxford Fertility.

Sam Matthews - Administration and Patient Services Manager

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Pip Abraham - Administration Officer

Debra Robinson - Administration Officer

Rachel O'Neil - Administration Officer

Lynette Chung - Administration Officer

Edi Matioli - Administration Officer

Jessica Santos - Administration Officer

Karen Madden - Administration Officer

Fay Oglesby - Administration Officer

Teresa Brown - Administration Officer

Lauren Fitzgerald - Administration Officer

Melissa Barnsley - Administration Officer

Aneesa Aslam - Administration Officer

Michaela Dodson - Medical Secretary


Beverley Pollard - Quality Manager

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Beverley has 20 years of experience with a leading UK private healthcare company holding various customer focused roles and latterly as part of the Central Quality Team based in London. She then returned to Oxford as Quality Manager for the largest university press in the world, publisher of high-quality academic and professional content. Beverley joined Oxford Fertility in August 2016. She manages the clinics regulatory requirements alongside the continuous improvement programme and has a strong interest in improving the patient journey and experience.

Beverley has been instrumental in the successful outcomes of various regulatory visits, inspections and audits and is a key member of the leadership team.

Finance Team

Yamuna Vamadevan - Finance Manager

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Yamuna joined Oxford Fertility in 2006 and manages the Finance team. She is a graduate in Electronics Engineering with a Business and Finance qualification. Before joining Oxford Fertility Yamuna worked as an engineer in Bangalore before moving into the retail and banking sector in UK.

Philip Bincliffe - Finance Officer

Sara Bana - Credit Control Officer


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