The ARCS Executive Committee are elected by the membership to govern the development of the Association. They represent the interests of ARCS in the larger scientific community and make key decisions on behalf of the ARCS membership.

ARCS Executive Committee

Jason Kasraie

Jason Kasraie

Chair - Embryologist

Jason is Consultant Embryologist, head of fertility services and Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) ’Person Responsible’ at the Shropshire & Mid-Wales fertility centre. He is the current Chair of the Association of Reproductive and Clinical Scientists (ARCS) and past Chair of the Association of Clinical Embryologists (ACE). He has worked in the sector for over twenty five years and has been afforded a broad perspective on the field through activities including his work as a scientific advisor to the HFEA, as a Director of the Association of Clinical Scientists, a member of the professional council of the Association for Healthcare Science (AHCS) and a member of the Genomics and Reproductive Science specialty advisory committee at the Royal College of Pathologists (RCPath). He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists (FRCPath) and is also a Fellow of the AHCS. In 2019 he was awarded a visiting Professorship at University Centre Shrewsbury and the University of Chester.

Jason Kasraie

Chair - Embryologist

David Sanders

David Sanders

Deputy Chair - Andrologist

Currently Andrology Laboratory Manager for Wales Fertility Institute, Cardiff, providing diagnostic and post-vasectomy semen analysis as well as sperm cryopreservation. Having initially trained as a Biomedical Scientist in Microbiology, he has over 25 years of experience of diagnostic andrology in DGH’s and fertility units. Previously he was the Chair of the ABA and is currently an Andrology technical assessor for ISO 15189 and ISO 17043.

David Sanders

Deputy Chair - Andrologist

Rebecca Swann

Rebecca Swann

Secretary - Embryologist

I was voted onto the ACE Executive Committee back in 2015 as the Pre-Registrant Representative. As a trainee embryologist I enjoyed the opportunity to meet and work alongside my peers, which motivated me to enhance and develop ACE training events. I wanted to continue working within the Executive and in 2018 I started my new role as Secretary. I am excited to be such an integral part of the unification of ACE, BAS and ABA and the Executive Committee for ARCS. As the secretary I aim to be the central hub for ARCS activity acting as the coordinator between members, committees and sub-committees.

Rebecca Swann

Secretary - Embryologist

Lorraine Frew

Lorraine Frew

Treasurer - Andrologist

Lorraine completed her undergraduate and MSc by research in Reproductive Biology at the University of Edinburgh before studying for a PhD in the MRC Centre for Reproductive Health in collaboration with the MRC Centre for Inflammation Research where her research focused on the production and function of cervical antimicrobials in pregnancy. She then continued her career working as a research associate on the mechanistic arm of the HABSelect clinical trial in Birmingham before training as an embryologist. Lorraine completed the NHS Scientist Training Programme in Reproductive Science in 2019 and continues to work as a Clinical Embryologist with a specialist interest in andrology and academic research.

Lorraine Frew

Treasurer - Andrologist

Karen Schnauffer

Karen Schnauffer

Programme Secretary - Embryologist

Karen has worked in the field of clinical embryology for 25 years both in the NHS and the private sector. She achieved her state registration in 2000 and was awarded both the Diploma and Certificate in Clinical Embryology in 2001. For the last 5 years Karen has held the position of HFEA Person Responsible, including two separate centres at the same time. Her considerable experience has allowed her to supervise many students through the ACE Certificate and more recently the Scientist Training Programme. Over the last 15 years Karen has been an active member of the ACE, holding positions on the Executive Committee, the Professional Development Committee and for the last three years, as the ACE Programme Chair for the annual ‘Fertility’ meetings. Continuing her dedication to reproductive medicine as a profession, she has been instrumental in forming the new professional body ARCS. Karen has been involved in various HFEA expert advisory committees. She was also an active member in the development and introduction of the Modernising Scientific Careers Scientist Training Programme. In addition, Karen has a keen interest in equine embryology and successfully developed an equine ICSI programme with the University of Liverpool, achieving the first equine time-lapse images ever recorded! Over the years, Karen has presented at numerous meetings and has authored several peer-reviewed publications in the field of embryology.

Karen Schnauffer

Programme Secretary - Embryologist

Eleanor Wharf

Eleanor Wharf

Membership Secretary - Embryologist

Eleanor has worked in the field of Reproductive Medicine since 1999. She is a highly experienced HCPC registered Clinical Embryologist and a Diplomate of the Royal College of Pathologists, having worked in a large London NHS Trust for most of her career. She has always been keen to give back to the profession, volunteering to join the editorial team of 'The Embryologist' produced for the Association of Clinical Embryologist in 2001. She took over as Editor soon after, and has continued in this role, producing a quarterly magazine for the last 20 years, now known as 'The Reproductive Scientist'. She is a Health Ambassador for NHS England, and has organised and volunteered for events promoting STEM careers for school children of all ages, with a particular interest in making science accessible to children of primary school age. Having been elected to the Exec committee in 2021 she is keen to take on new challenges and work with the committee to support ARCS members.

Eleanor Wharf

Membership Secretary - Embryologist

Sheena Lewis

Sheena Lewis

SAC Chair - Academic Andrologist

Professor Sheena Lewis’ research has been focused on male infertility and in particular sperm DNA damage testing where her goal has been to identify causes of and treatments for male infertility by developing novel biomarkers. Professor Lewis was Chair of the British Andrology Society, national representative for UK and past chair of the Andrology special interest group of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology, past member of the executive committee of the British Fertility Society and a founder member and past Vice Chair of the Irish Fertility Society. She has published over 100 full papers and book chapters and numerous reviews. She is committed to raising ethical debate, particularly in issues relating to ART, within the medical and scientific undergraduate curriculum. She also has a strong commitment to public engagement with research and regularly communicates her team’s latest research findings through international TV, radio and online interviews. Her research has led to the formation of a University spin out company; Examen Ltd marketing male fertility tests.

Sheena Lewis

SAC Chair - Academic Andrologist

Stephanie Brooks

Stephanie Brooks

Policies SIG Chair - Andrologist

Stephanie Brooks has worked at the Hewitt Fertility Centre at the Liverpool Women’s Hospital since 1998. By 2008 the Andrology services had grown to a size where they needed to introduce a supervisory role, a role which Steph has performed for the last 11 years. She has overseen the implementation of UKAS at her place of work which included four, currently three satellite centres and maintained for the last five years. Following the departure of the Quality manager for the Hewitt Fertility Centre, Stephanie was proud to move in to this position and diversify in her skills and move into senior management. As a founder member of the ABA, Stephanie’s involvement in the professional body has been long term holding officer positions as secretary and treasurer.

Stephanie Brooks

Policies SIG Chair - Andrologist

Stephen Troup

Stephen Troup

Embryology SIG Chair - Embryologist

Steve has worked in the field of human clinical embryology for over 30 years starting in Manchester, where he completed a PhD in male infertility and the acrosome reaction. Before his recent role as the Scientific Director of IVI UK, Steve was the Scientific Director of Liverpool Women's Hospital’s Hewitt Fertility Centres, one of the UK’s largest providers of assisted conception. In addition to dealing with the many day-to-day ‘hands-on’, managerial and research responsibilities of a Consultant Clinical Embryologist, he is fortunate to have been afforded a broader perspective as a Scientific Inspector and advisor for the UK Regulator, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA). Steve has been very much involved in clinical embryology as a profession and is proud to be the current President of the UK’s Association of Clinical Embryologists (ACE). Steve is a Visiting Reader in Reproductive Medicine in the Faculty of Health and Social Care at Edge Hill University and has recently successfully supervised a PhD on time-lapse technologies in assisted conception. Also, as an Honorary Senior Fellow at the University of Liverpool he supervised the development of a successful equine ICSI lab at the University’s Leahurst Campus. Steve now works independently as a Consultant Reproductive Scientist based in the UK.

Stephen Troup

Embryology SIG Chair - Embryologist

Karen Thompson

Karen Thompson

Communications SIG Chair - Embryologist

Karen graduated with a BSc (hons) in biology from the University of Manchester in 1994 and has been working in the field of Reproductive Medicine since 1995. She has completed several postgraduate courses specialising in Clinical Embryology and is a diplomate of the Royal College of Pathologists. She spent over 8 years working in London before joining the team at Leeds Fertility in 2006 as the lead embryologist. Karen leads a very experienced multidisciplinary team of 17, including scientific and support staff and strives to deliver a high quality service using the latest technologies available in Reproductive Medicine. She is also the HFEA person responsible Karen and the team at Leeds have been very involved locally and nationally with the scientific training program run by the national school of healthcare science and are very proud of the training they deliver, resulting in top quality state registered embryologists.

Karen Thompson

Communications SIG Chair - Embryologist

Mathew Tomlinson

Mathew Tomlinson

Grants Coordinator - Andrologist

Matt Tomlinson is clinical scientist in andrology at the University Hospital Nottingham. After completing a PhD on male infertility in Sheffield in 1992, he worked first at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital before moving onto Birmingham Women’s Hospital to develop region-wide andrology services in a more academic setting. A move in 2004 to Nottingham University Hospital saw him develop his interests in education, cryopreservation and more latterly automation in semen analysis. Matt is PR of the local NHS Fertility unit (NUH Life), plays an integral role on the University of Nottingham, Masters in assisted reproduction and is a lecturer for the STP in reproduction. He previously played a significant role in developing training for the BAS and ABA and has organised many practical training workshops in andrology. Mat continues to have various research interests and has published over 60 papers/chapters in clinical andrology and assisted reproduction.

Mathew Tomlinson

Grants Coordinator - Andrologist

Rachel Gregoire

Rachel Gregoire

Education SIG Chair - Embryologist

Rachel has worked in the field of embryology for 21 years, starting her clinical training at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee where she completed a PhD in Developmental Medicine. In 2008 she moved to the Hewitt Fertility Centre Liverpool, one of the UK’s largest assisted conception providers, as Senior and then Lead Clinical Embryologist. In 2014 she moved to Glasgow Royal Infirmary as Consultant Embryologist and HFEA Person Responsible where she led the scientific service in delivering cutting edge techniques and achieved a significant improvement in clinical and laboratory success rates. In 2017 Rachel returned to the Hewitt Fertility Centres in Liverpool and Knutsford as the Scientific Director and HFEA Person Responsible, where she continues to strive for excellence in laboratory techniques, and in clinical and laboratory success rates. The Hewitt Centres are leaders in the provision of training for future Reproductive Scientists with 11 Andrology and Embryology STPs currently training at the two centres. Rachel is passionate about the training and professional development of Reproductive Scientists, and is Co-Chair for the ARCS Education SIG who are working together to review and develop all curricula available for the ARCS membership. Rachel is also current Chair for NEQAS Reproductive Science Steering Committee for Embryology.

Rachel Gregoire

Education SIG Chair - Embryologist

Georgina Bartl

Georgina Bartl

Pre reg representative - Embryologist

Having had previous experience in organizing events prior to my post on the STP such as coordinating an International Clinical Trials Day Event at the Royal Free Hospital in London, and having volunteered in my second year of the STP as Co-chair of the North West Healthcare Science Trainee Network, I was keen to get involved in a volunteer role within my own specialism. Being passionate about both outreach and embryology and in the midst of my STP training I applied for the post of Pre-Registrant Representative on the (then) ACE Executive Committee. I have been in the role of Pre-Registrant Representative for just under one year, and thus far it has been an incredibly rewarding position and I could not have asked to be involved in a nicer or more supportive committee! In the role I have organized two well attended and highly recommended events: a Revision session for pre-registrant candidates and a wider, pioneering Research Day for the entire ACE membership. During my tenure so far, I have instigated a buddy-up system to pair experienced graduates with first and second year trainees to provide, not only a source of pastoral care, but also an external point of advice. Although still in its infancy, I am hoping this scheme will prove to be an invaluable resource for pre-registrant candidates especially to those who have relocated far from home for the STP or to those who have joined clinics who have little experience with the process. I would also like to run Theory Days providing a platform for learning on the more complex concepts that underpin the everyday workings in the lab, by welcoming high-profile lecturers, speakers and researchers in the field. I am also interested in compounding these events with more social aspects to promote support and networking opportunities for pre-registrant members. I look forward to contributing further to the committee over the coming years and can’t wait to see what the future holds for ARCS!

Georgina Bartl

Pre reg representative - Embryologist

Jackson Kirkman Brown

Jackson Kirkman Brown

Andrologist

Jackson is HFEA Person Responsible and Science Lead at the Birmingham Women’s Fertility Centre and an NIHR ICA Reader in Human Reproductive Science and the University of Birmingham. He has worked across academic and clinical Andrology for many years, being well known for his research team’s research into calcium signalling, gamete recognition and control of sperm motility as well as more recently in sperm DNA quality and miscarriage. Clinically Jackson was recognised by an MBE for setting up the sperm salvage (fertility preservation) pathway for UK servicemen and day-to-day leads the PGT service in Birmingham.

Jackson Kirkman Brown

Andrologist

Co-opted

Millie Kanani

Millie Kanani

STP representative

Millie is a HCPC registered Clinical Embryologist. Following her Undergraduate degree at The University of Southampton, and an MSc at Imperial College London, she was fortunate to gain a place on the Scientific Training Programme. Throughout her training at Salisbury Fertility Centre she was able to set-up and co-chair the Wessex Regional Scientific Network forging links with the LETB, as it were known. In 2017 Millie moved to Guy's Hospital Assisted Conception Unit and took on the role of the Co-opted STP Representative on the ACE Exec in 2018. Millie is also currently undertaking the HSST and working towards a Post Graduate Diploma focusing on Leadership and Management in Healthcare Science.

Millie Kanani

STP representative

Naomi Brown

Naomi Brown

Webmaster

My role on the Executive Committee is the ARCS webmaster

Naomi Brown

Webmaster

Gwen

Gwen

Andrology DGH representitive

Currently I am working as the Andrology laboratory Senior Biomedical Scientist within Pathology at the Wrexham Maelor Hospital having originally started in the Haematology & Transfusion department 24 years ago. I have been involved in semen analysis for 20+ years and took over the section in 2010, from which I have seen it through the many changes and challenges to becoming a single department with dedicated staff that provide fertility semen analysis and post-vasectomy analysis for patients in North Wales. Today I am keen on continuing to improve the quality of the service both scientifically and patient oriented and improving the situation for laboratories that are not part of a fertility centre but provide a much needed, more local service for patients. I am also keen to improve the education and training of biomedical scientist staff that work in mixed discipline laboratories.

Gwen

Andrology DGH representitive