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We are getting a new look and name but don’t worry the remarkable care is staying the same. Read more on our blog.

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 - Deputy Medical Director

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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.

Mr Edward Coats MBBS MD MRCOG BSc (Hons) LLM DFRSH - Consultant

Ed Coats

Mr Coats is a Consultant in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery. He is a member of the British Fertility Society and Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Mr Coats studied medicine at St George’s Hospital in London and undertook specialist training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the South-West of England. He completed his Doctor of Medicine (MD) at the University of Nottingham where his research focussed on the impact of assisted reproduction techniques on pregnancy and specifically the importance of embryo transfer on IVF outcomes.

Mr Coats is an experienced hysteroscopic and laparoscopic surgeon. He regularly publishes research and has won national and international awards. His special interests include reproductive endocrinology, the menopause, turners syndrome and medical law. He has been an Ambassador for The Wellbeing of Women Charity for over 10 years. Alongside his clinical work Ed is a keen adventurer who has trekked to both the North and South Pole.

Dr Lara Hodges - Fertility Specialist

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Dr Hodges graduated from St Bartholomews & The Royal London Hospital Medical School. Her training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology was completed in London at The Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.

She is actively involved in all aspects of patient care from initial consultation through to egg collection and embryo transfer. She believes that fertility treatment should be tailored to the individual needs of each patient. She is highly experienced in dealing with difficult cases of egg collection and embryo transfer.

Her areas of special interest include fertility preservation and egg donation.

Dr Dorcus Muchiri - Fertility Specialist

Dr Muchiri is an Obstetrician Gynaecologist and Fertility Specialist. She is a member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (UK), British Fertility Society, European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology and the Kenya Obstetrics and Gynaecology Society.

Dr Muchiri’s areas of special interest area are novel technologies in reproductive medicine, recurrent IVF failure and female reproductive endocrinology and health. Dr Muchiri also has interest in clinical aspects of women’s global health and medical research as well as medical leadership.

Roz Shaw-Smith - Chartered Psychologist

Roz gained her psychology degree at Oxford Brookes University and went on as a post graduate to qualify as a Chartered Counselling Psychologist in Australia. Her career started in addiction counselling before returning to the UK in the 90s to work in GU medicine with a special interest in HIV counselling. She started working in the fertility field in 1992 at the John Radcliffe.

In addition to registration with the BPS and HCPC, Roz worked as an HFEA inspector for eight years and currently lectures at The University of Oxford to both MSc students and medical undergraduates. She became an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society in 2016.

Lab Team

Anna Vincent - Laboratory Manager and Clinical Embryologist


Caroline Ross - Deputy Lab Manager

Jo Craig - Senior Clinical Embryologist

Tracey Griffiths - Senior Clinical Embryologist

Aysha Bevan - Senior Clinical Embryologist

Kate Field - Clinical Embryologist

Rebecca Frettsome - Clinical Embryologist

Philippa Lowen - Clinical Embryologist

Fatima Mirzazadeh - Clinical Embryologist

Stefanie Nicholas - Clinical Embryologist

Emily Hill - Clinical Embryologist

Meritxell Ferrer - Clinical Embryologist

Charlotte Willis - Andrologist

Kalina Ovcharova - Andrologist

Jasmine Davies - Andrologist

Pippa Dodd - Andrologist

Debbie Timson - Laboratory Technician

Callum Lake - 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.

Sam Povey - Deputy Nurse Manager


Katy Hobby - Fertility Midwife

Annette Tullett - Fertility Nurse

Stephanie Pryor - Fertility Midwife

Nikki Cachia - Fertility Midwife

Kelly Flannagan - Fertility Midwife

Chelli Brooksbank - Fertility Midwife

Sarah Clark - Fertility Midwife

Jane Butler - Ultrasonographer

Sharon Brewerton - Healthcare Assistant

Claire Thompson - Healthcare Assistant

Kelly Hutt - Healthcare Assistant

Angela Clancy - Nurse Administrator

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

Sam Matthews

Sam has a wealth of experience and knowledge after having been with Oxford Fertility since 2002. She has worked in many areas within the unit including PA to the Medical Directors, running their private practice, Quality Management before going on to manage the NHS Fertility Clinic from May 2013 to June 2017. In July 2017 Sam moved across to Patient Support Manager. She has been instrumental in changes to our Patient Information Evenings and is passionate about improving the complete patient experience and pathway through treatment.

Alison Buckingham - Patient Support Lead

Annie Lower - PGT Co-ordinator

Sophie Billington - Patient Support Associate

Kelly Stockwell - Patient Support Associate

Elizabeth Bowyer - Patient Support Associate

Christina Clark - Patient Support Associate

Lynette Chung - Patient Support Associate

Lauren Fitzgerald - Patient Support Associate

Karen Madden - Patient Support Associate

Fay Oglesby - Patient Support Associate

Rachell O'Neill - Patient Support Associate

Jade Padbury - Patient Support Associate

Debra Robinson - Patient Support Associate

Mandy Walker - Patient Support Associate


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

Philip Bincliffe - Patient Support Associate/Finance


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Fertility Treatment Update – 16th July 2021


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TFP Oxford Fertility – Information Event 28th Sept

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