The ARCS Executive Team 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.

The Executive Team meet as a Committee that also has representation from the other ARCS Committee leads and initiatives as appropriate.

ARCS President

Jane Blower

Jane Blower

ARCS President

Jane’s career in the NHS spans over 40 years. Since 1988 until her recent semi-retirement she has worked at the Leicester fertility centre at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS trust where she established the IVF Laboratory service and for 15 years was the Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority Person Responsible. Jane was the first UK student to achieve a Masters in assisted reproduction technology in 1992 At the University of Nottingham Jane’s career has been varied and in addition to her IVF work she has undertaken a secondment as deputy chief scientific officer for England, where she worked at a national and strategic level providing leadership and advice to the professional group of over 50,000 healthcare scientists and policymakers across the country. Jane has also worked with Health Education England developing nationally recognised training programs for healthcare scientists. She was a registrant panel member for the HCPC Sitting on fitness to practice committees. Jane was a founder member and executive committee member of the Association of Clinical Embryologists (ACE), and is currently president of the Association of Reproductive and Clinical Scientists (ARCS). As a scientific expert Jane served for six years on the HFEA scientific and clinical advances advisory committee (SCAAC) which is a subcommittee of the authority and meets to consider advances in science and clinical practice Jane has also sat on the IVF NICE guideline committee working to produce guidance for national practice.

Jane Blower

ARCS President

ARCS Executive Committee

Jackson Kirkman Brown

Jackson Kirkman Brown

Chair - 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

Chair - Andrologist

Rachel Gregoire

Rachel Gregoire

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

Chair - Embryologist

Lucy Wood

Lucy Wood

Secretary Embryologist

Lucy is a Clinical Embryologist at Jessop Fertility within Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. Since graduating from the 2012 cohort of the STP in Reproductive Science, she has been actively involved in the delivery of the training programme including recruitment and workplace training. Lucy's role as STP Curriculum Review Lead is carried out alongside a team of experts from the field of Reproductive Science. The team includes embryologists from both NHS and private clinics, as well as representatives from the HFEA, ARCS and academia.​

Lucy Wood

Secretary Embryologist

Stephanie Brooks

Stephanie Brooks

Treasurer - 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

Treasurer - Andrologist

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

Hannah Newby

Hannah Newby

Policies & Practice Chair

Hannah has worked in the field of embryology for 16 years. She is currently a Lead Embryologist at the Hewitt Fertility Centres, Liverpool and Knutsford which employ a team of 38 scientists. She became a state registered scientist in 2010 and is currently working towards becoming a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists. The Hewitt Fertility Centre prides itself on delivering high quality scientific training. Hannah is the STP training officer and is experienced in STP shortlisting, interview design and delivery and OSFA assessment. Hannah has successfully trained 7 STP trainees and has another 7 graduating in the next two years. Hannah is particularly proud of her involvement in the setup of the Knutsford clinic. She assisted with project planning, laboratory design, equipment procurement and installation, facility and equipment validation and commencing clinical procedures at a brand new facility. During her time as an embryologist she has spent many years contributing to the work of the ACE executive committee and now leads the practise and policies special interest group of the ARCS Exec.

Hannah Newby

Policies & Practice Chair