The Education SIG is responsible for the training and education services offered by ARCS for Healthcare Scientists at any stage in their careers. The Education SIG focuses on the delivery of ARCS training schemes and NSHCS programmes such as the STP and HSST for HFEA licenced centres.  Membership is made up of the leads of all the working groups which exist to manage the different training schemes for Healthcare Scientists.

Education Special Interest Group (SIG)

Louise Hyslop

Louise Hyslop

Co-chair ARCS Education Special Interest Group (SIG) Lead for Embryology

Louise is the current co-chair of the ARCS Education SIG. Louise completed a PhD in the mechanism of oocyte activation at fertilisation and secured a postdoctoral position studying human embryonic stem cells. She joined Newcastle Fertility Centre in 2005 and has progressed to Principal Embryologist with responsibility for training and service development. More recently she became the lead Embryologist for the mitochondrial donation programme having been assessed by the HFEA as competent to be a mitochondrial donation practitioner. She has a keen interest in training and routes to registration for Healthcare Scientists at all career levels having become a registered Clinical Scientist via ACS Route 2. Louise joined the ACE training committee in 2018 and was an assessor for the ACE certificate. In addition, she was the co-chair of the ACE training committee before formation of the ARCS Education SIG.

Louise Hyslop

Co-chair ARCS Education Special Interest Group (SIG) Lead for Embryology

Rachel Gregoire

Rachel Gregoire

Co-chair ARCS Education Special Interest Group (SIG) Lead for Andrology

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

Co-chair ARCS Education Special Interest Group (SIG) Lead for Andrology

Emma Woodland

Emma Woodland

HSST Working Group Lead

Emma is a Clinical embryologist at the Salisbury Fertility Centre and the HSST lead for the ARCS Education SIG. Salisbury Fertility centre is a training centre accredited by the NSHCS for the Scientist Training Programme (STP) and Higher Specialist Scientific Training (HSST) programme. Emma started the HSST in September 2016 and over the years has enjoyed supporting STP trainees to complete their training. The HSST is a bespoke 5 year practice based education and training programme supported by an underpinning part-time professional doctorate and Medical Royal College qualifications. Emma has always been enthusiastic about training and is keen to offer support to anyone currently on, or thinking about applying for, the HSST programme.

Emma Woodland

HSST Working Group Lead

Lucy Wood

Lucy Wood

Embryology STP Curriculum Review Lead

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

Embryology STP Curriculum Review Lead

Joanne Adams

Joanne Adams

ABA Logbook Working Group Lead

Joanne is a Senior Andrologist and the Andrology Services Manager at Manchester Fertility and Donor Bank Manager for Semovo. Joanne was Secretary for the Association of Biomedical Andrologists (ABA) for 6 years and Chair of the ABA Education Committee for 3 years facilitating the Andrology Logbooks. Alongside this, Joanne is a Trustee of the SEED Trust, formerly known as the NGDT, and currently sit on the NEQAS Panel. Joanne was previously a member of the National Donation Strategy Group for the HFEA, created to bring about a greater awareness of donation process in clinics in the UK. Joanna leads

Joanne Adams

ABA Logbook Working Group Lead

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

Georgina Bartl

Georgina Bartl

Pre reg representative

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

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

Millie Kanani

Millie Kanani

Embryologist

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

Embryologist

George Koustas

George Koustas

Embryologist

George is a Consultant Clinical Embryologist, Fellow of the Academy of Health Care Sciences (AHCS) and Practitioner of the Chartered Quality Institute (PCQI). George’s career in Clinical Embryology has been both in Europe and Australia. Following his BSc (Hons) in Molecular Biology and Genetics he was awarded a MMedSci in Assisted Reproductive Technology. He went on to complete a PhD in Embryology whilst working as a Clinical Embryologist at Westmead Fertility Centre at the University of Sydney followed by a position as a Clinical Embryologist and Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Later he was appointed as the Scientific Director of Cryos International and in 2017 he was appointed Director of Embryology at the Agora Clinic in Brighton. Along with his team as a hands-on Clinical Embryologist he has a passion for optimizing and delivering excellent laboratory services and pregnancy rates within the context of individualised and patient-focused treatment programs of care. George is keen to offer support and guidance to those interested in applying for STP or HSST equivalence pathways.

George Koustas

Embryologist