The ARCS CPD scheme is set up to meet the specialist requirements of reproductive scientists and practitioners, and aims to help members continue to learn, develop and evolve their skills and practice throughout their working career.

ARCS CPD Committee

Debbie Lutton

Debbie Lutton

Debbie is the current Chair of the ARCS CPD Committee having been Chair of the ACE CPD committee for several years. Debbie graduated from Queen's University Belfast with a BSc and later a PhD. She has been a Clinical Embryologist for over 25 years. Debbie is the Lead Embryologist in the Regional Fertility Centre in Belfast and the Scientific Director of the Regional Andrology Service in Belfast. She has a keen interest in the promotion of professional development within the reproductive science workforce.

Debbie Lutton

Christine Leary

Christine Leary

Christine Leary (BSc, HCPC, FRCPath, PhD) Christine is a Consultant Embryologist and Director at the Hull IVF Unit, with over 19 years’ of experience. She is responsible for managing the Embryology Laboratory and Quality Management and coordinating research activities between the Hull IVF Unit and Hull York Medical School and is an Honorary Lecturer. Christine has been a member of the Professional Development Committee for the ACE (now ARCS) since 2006.

Christine Leary

Valerie Shakily

Valerie Shakily

Valerie, a founder partner of the Association of Clinical Embryologists, graduated in Biology in 1990 and began training as an embryologist under the tutorship of Lord Winston. She has since gained a masters degree in Health Promotion, PhD in Reproductive Immunology, Fellowship of the Royal Collage of Pathologists, Academy of Healthcare Science and Institute of Biomedical Scientists and is registered as a consultant clinical scientist specialising in genomic medicine within reproductive science. Working within her specialism to promote training of embryologists Val is chair of the panel of examiners for Reproductive |Science for the RCPath and assessor for the Association of Clinical Science. She is the training lead for the Association of Reproductive Clinical Scientists support staff and member of the continuing professional development committee.

Valerie Shakily

Charlene Freeman

Charlene Freeman

I work as an embryologist at Leicester Fertility Centre. I Started my training in September 2006 gaining my ACE certificate at the 2011 ACE conference. I became state registered in early 2012. I sit on the NEQAS steering committee as well as the CPD committee. I am described as a consistent embryologist by my line manager

Charlene Freeman