Meet the team

Complete has brought together leaders in fertility medicine from four of the top fertility clinics in the world.

Leaders in fertility care

Complete Fertility Centre Southampton is led by two Directors of Complete Fertility Ltd: a Professor in Reproductive Medicine and a Senior Embryologist.

Complete's global expertise, research programmes and International Advisory Board ensure that we can offer you access to new innovations in fertility care.

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Our consultants

Professor Ying Cheong, Medical Director

Dr Ying Cheong

Professor Ying Cheong co-founder of Complete Fertility, Consultant Gynaecologist, has worked in many of the UK’s leading IVF clinics and is an expert in fertility surgery and miscarriage. She leads ground breaking fertility research projects to increase understanding of the beginnings of pregnancy. More about Professor Ying Cheong

 

Mr Nick Brook

Mr Nick Brook

Mr Nick Brook, Consultant Gynaecologist, has over ten years fertility experience, including work with Lord Professor Robert Winston. He has worked at many top London clinics and specialises in male fertility treatment, endocrinology and miscarriage. More about Mr Nick Brook

 

Mr Rowland Rees

Mr Rowland Rees

Rowland is a Consultant Urologist at University Hospital Southampton and a subspecialist in andrology and genito-urethral reconstructive surgery. He underwent urological training in Wessex, and also spent 4 years in research and fellowship posts at London’s largest andrology centre. In 2009, he set up a regional service for Wessex, now based at Southampton. His aim is to enhance the investigation and treatment of subfertile men, and particular interests are improving outcomes in severe male factor infertility, vasectomy reversal, and the holistic management of subfertile men with associated problems such as testosterone deficiency.

Dr Mili Saran

Dr Mili Saran

Dr Mili Saran, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, has trained in various UK hospitals since 2002, including Barts Health NHS Trust in London. She gained advanced training in subfertility and reproductive health at University Hospital Southampton. More about Dr Mili Saran

 

 

 

Dr Valarmathy Kandavel

Dr Valarmathy Kandavel

Valarmathy Kandavel, sub-specialty trainee in reproductive medicine and surgery at the Complete Fertility Centre since January 2018.

 

Valar commenced her UK training in 2004 following graduation in India. She obtained her MRCOG in 2008 and has trained in the West Midlands and worked across different units in the region. Valar had the opportunity to undertake research into recurrent miscarriage with Professor Siobhan Quenby, one of the world-renowned experts in this field. She is currently undertaking her MD at the University of Warwick.

 

Valar undertook training in early pregnancy and management of patients with recurrent miscarriage and sub fertility, at Coventry. She is passionate about sub fertility and is looking forward to further training and development in her areas of interest whilst at Complete Fertility Centre.

 

Julia Paget, Clinic Director

Julia Paget

Julia Paget co-founder of Complete Fertility and HFEA person responsible. Julia is certified as a senior embryologist at European level. She has worked on three continents at three of the world’s top laboratories all of which have achieved pregnancy rates of above 50%. More about Julia Paget

 

 

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Our nurses

Anne Woodward

Anne Woodward

Anne Woodward RGN, RM, Advanced Diploma in Midwifery, V300 Lead Fertility Nurse.

 

Anne has been a fertility nurse Specialist since 2000, initially running the Donor Insemination, Intrauterine Insemination and Ovulation Induction program in the Princess Anne Hospital before the formation of Complete Fertility Centre. Prior to this she has a background in Midwifery since 1986.

 

Anne is experienced in co-ordinating, planning and performing all fertility treatments and completed the Ultrasound in Fertility Imaging MSc Radiology module at the University of Derby in 2003 and later an Early Pregnancy Ultrasound course in 2007. Anne has been an Embryo Transfer Practitioner since 2014 and has recently registered as a Nurse Independent and Supplementary Prescriber completing the course in 2017, this promotes a more autonomous role with continuity of care. She is committed to ensuring a high quality and professional service, leading the nursing team.

Rachel Thomas

Rachel Heath

Rachel Thomas, Fertility Nurse Specialist, Male Fertility Coordinator. Rachel qualified as a Registered Nurse from the University of Nottingham in 2004. She has worked in Acute Care in the Emergency and Intensive Care Units of Nottingham before travelling to the Caribbean for voluntary work. Whilst volunteering as a nurse Rachel became increasingly interested in sexual and reproductive healthcare and in 2014 she completed an Early Pregnancy Scanning course. Rachel joined Complete Fertility in June 2015 where she enjoys working with the team and patients at Complete Fertility.

Deborah Maguire

Deborah Maguire

Deborah Maguire, Fertility Nurse Specialist, Egg Donation Coordinator. Debs gained a BSc (Hons) in Adult Nursing Studies from the University of Surrey in 2009. Since then she has gained experience working on the Breast and Gynaecology Ward and Intensive Care at the Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford. After volunteering as a nurse in the slums in South Africa she became more interested in women’s health and since then, Debs has pursued her nursing career focused in this area of health care. Debs is currently enjoying a work secondment at Complete Fertility (from gynae pre-assessment), utilising her knowledge and skills and also gaining experience in fertility care.

Sarah Dawe

Sarah Dawe

Sarah Dawe, Fertility Nurse Specialist. Sarah gained a BSc (Hons) in Adult Nursing Studies at the University of Southampton in 2015. Since then Sarah has gained significant experience in women’s health through her position as a staff nurse on the gynaecology ward at Poole General Hospital. Interestingly, this is not Sarah’s first time at the Complete Fertility Centre; during her studies Sarah worked at the clinic as a Donor Administrator where she was made responsible for the recruitment of new egg and sperm donors. It was Sarah’s dream to return to us as a Fertility Nurse once she qualified and alas she has returned! As a relatively newly qualified nurse, Sarah is keen to build up her knowledge and skills in reproductive nursing and is looking forward to the opportunities that working at Complete Fertility will afford her.

Charlotte Barker

Charlotte Barker

Charlotte Barker, Fertility Nurse Specialist. Charlotte qualified with a BSc Honours in Midwifery from Bournemouth University in 2016. Following this, Charlotte worked as a midwife at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital prior to commencing her role as a Trainee Fertility Midwife Specialist at Complete Fertility. It was during her training that Charlotte became increasingly interested in fertility and hopes to expand upon her knowledge and skills whilst gaining experience working at the Clinic.

Nicole Timbrell

Nicole Timbrell

Nicole Timbrell, Senior Healthcare Assistant. Nicole’s first position in the Trust was in Outpatients at RSH Hospital in November 2007. She then moved to Care UK in 2009 and spent eight years at Southampton NHS Treatment Centre. She worked in various departments, starting out in Outpatients Reception and then becoming an Outpatients HCA where she learnt phlebotomy and took part in assisting minor procedures. Nicole completed courses in mental health awareness and safe handling of medicine. She then moved to the Day Ward and completed an NVQ level 3 in Health and Social Care as well as taking part in a course for gynaecology treatment and causes. Nicole has always enjoyed women’s health and decided to specialise in this area. She joined Complete Fertility in June 2017.

Denise Costello

Denise Taylor

Denise Costello, Senior HCA. Denise has a wealth of experience working in healthcare and social services settings. She worked as an Assessor in Social services in Devon, before becoming a Radiology Department Assistant in the Ultrasound Department at Princess Anne Hospital for 12 years. When the Nuchal Screening Team was set up Denise took the role of Phlebotomist whilst also running the new clinic. Denise joined Complete Fertility in April 2012.

Denise Taylor

Denise Taylor, HCA. Denise, originally from Southwest London moved to Southampton in 2010. She has worked in the care industry for about ten years in both nursing and residential homes, caring mainly for elderly patients with dementia, Parkinson’s and those who have suffered a stroke and, working closely with GPs and District Nurses. Denise has been a senior care assistant and has an NVQ level 2 and 3 in Adult Health and Social Care. She has also studied Criminal Psychology and Forensic Entomology and Forensic Pathology. Denise has two children aged 18 and 24. She enjoys music including live music and festivals and movies.

Our laboratory team

Victoria Ryder

Victoria Ryder

Victoria Ryder, Embryology Laboratory Manager. Following a BSc in Biomedical Sciences, Victoria completed her MMedSci in Assisted Reproduction Technology at the University of Nottingham in 2010. She first joined the Complete team as a Trainee Embryologist in 2011, completing her ACE Certificate in Embryology in 2013 and registering as a Clinical Embryologist with the HCPC in 2014. Between 2015 and 2017 Victoria furthered her experience in embryology at the Lister Fertility Clinic in London. She rejoined Complete in as Acting Embryology Laboratoy Manager in March 2017 and became the Embryology Laboratoy Manager in April 2018. Victoria has a special interest in gamete donation, having previously overseen our sperm and egg donation programmes, and is a specialist medical speaker at the Donor Conception Network’s Preparation for Parenthood Workshops.

Charissa Watchorn

Charissa Watchorn

Charissa Watchorn, Deputy Laboratory Manager. Charissa has a background in medical research. She worked for MRC as a Research Technician in the departments of transgenics and cryopreservation. In 2007 she started as a Trainee Embryologist in Bath and also studied part time. She gained an MSc in Reproduction and Development at Bristol University in 2008, an ICSI licence in 2008 and, the ACE certificate in Clinical Embryology in 2010.
 
Charissa worked for BMI Healthcare (Chiltern Hospital) in 2011 and gained HCPC registration in 2013. She then moved to Holland in 2014 and gained the ESHRE clinical embryologist certification and also worked as a Locum Embryologist for a number of UK clinics.
 
In 2015 Charissa came back to England and started at Complete Fertility Centre. She has passed FRCPath Part 1. Charissa is a Member of the ACE Executive Committee. She is also our Complaints Officer.

Andrea Bensz

Andrea Bensz

Andrea Bensz, Senior Embryologist. Andrea gained a Biomedical Science Degree from Monash University (Melbourne, Australia) in 2007, and then went on to study the reproductive sciences further during an honours degree research year. She joined Monash IVF (Melbourne, Australia) as a trainee embryologist in 2009 where she gained world class training in one of Australia’s largest clinics, with live birth rates some of the best in the world. After 9 years at Monash, she left her role of Embryology Team Leader, and her home country of Australia to join the team at Complete Fertility Centre in early 2018.

Eirini Ioannidou

Eirini Ioannidou

Eirini Ioannidou, Clinical Embryologist. Eirini graduated with a BSc (Hons) degree in Genetics from the University of Liverpool. She went on to gain an MSc in Mammalian Reproduction and Fertility from the University of Aberdeen in 2005. Eirini is a registered Clinical Scientist with the HCPC.
Upon completion of her Masters, Eirini began her career in clinical embryology at CARE Fertility Centre in Northampton. Eirini then took the post of Clinical Embryologist at Neogenesis IVF Centre in Athens for over 2 years gaining further experience in all aspects of IVF. In 2013 Eirini continued her career at the Agora Fertility Centre in Brighton and Hove before joining Complete Fertility Centre in December 2014 where she is enjoying working as part of our team.

Clare Bradford

Clare BradfordClare Bradford, Scientist Training Programme. Clare gained an honours degree in Biology (2011) from the University of Bath and Masters in Human Reproductive and Developmental Biology (2013) from Imperial College London. Initially specialising in quality control, she began her career in fertility in Newcastle as a Trainee Clinical Embryologist. She was also involved in research at Newcastle into novel fertility techniques. Clare moved to Southampton in 2016 to undertake the Scientist Training Programme to become a state registered Clinical Embryologist.

Kerry Donnelly

Kerry Donnelly

Kerry Donnelly, Reproductive Laboratory Practitioner. Kerry graduated in 2010 with a BSc (Hons) in Biology. Kerry continued at the University working in plant molecular biology as a Research Technician until 2013 when she joined Complete in November 2013. She joined as a member of ABA (Association of Biomedical Andrologists) taking on additional training and keeping up to date with the latest research.

Sabrina Miller

Sabrina Miller

Sabrina Miller, Reproductive Laboratory Associate. Sabrina gained a honours degree in Biomedical Sciences from Queen Mary University of London (2011). Since then she has worked as a medical laboratory assistant at The London Clinic and St Thomas’ Hospital. Initially working in histology and then biochemical sciences she moved to Compete in 2017 to begin her career in fertility, her area of interest.

Charlotte Plow

Charlotte Plow, Reproductive Laboratory Associate. Charlotte graduated with honours in Biological Sciences from Aston University in 2016. Since, she has completed a Masters in Clinical Embryology at the University of Oxford where she researched novel biocompatible platforms that target sperm. Charlotte gained a position at Complete in 2018 as she starts her fertility career.

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Our counsellor

Judith Noakes

Judith NoakesJudith Noakes, Fertility Counsellor.Judi trained as a Counsellor with Relate in 2009 after a career in financial services. She has since delivered over 1100 hours of clinical practice. Judi has worked extensively with individuals, couples and families looking at Relationship issues.

 

 

Our administrative team

Oksana Stidston

Oksana Stidston

Oksana Stidston, Quality Manager completed her Bachelor of English and French in the Russian Federation. After working for a private metal export company, she obtained a US Congress grant for studying in a Master's programme in Virginia, USA. She then worked in humanitarian crisis relief in the south of Russia and then in investment banking and professional electronics, after which joined the NHS. Oksana is very passionate about the field of fertility and finds it rewarding to be part of a team which helps people achieve their dream of having children. She enjoys swimming, reading and spending time with her family and friends and is also very interested in psychology.

Julie Hedges

Julie Hedges

Julie Hedges, Donor Coordinator. Julie joined the Princess Anne Hospital in 2003 working in the Ultrasound department as an Administration Assistant. She then became an Administrator in the Maternity Administration Office. In 2009 Julie returned to Ultrasound as the Office Manager. Julie joined Complete Fertility in May 2012 as Data and Quality Coordinator and has now taken on the fulltime role as Donor Coordinator. Whilst at the Princess Anne Hospital Julie has gained an NVQ in Business Administration and a Level 3 Introductory Certificate in Management.

Amy Buckland

Amy Buckland

Amy Buckland, Donor Administrator. Before joining the NHS Amy was Deputy Manager at a day nursery, having gained an NNEB Diploma in Nursery Nursing. She joined the NHS trust in 2008, working in Maternity Administration before she went on maternity leave. She then started as a Community Maternity Support Worker in 2009. Amy joined Complete Fertility in July 2017. She has two children who are her hobby!

Julie Gale

Julie Gale, Administration Team Leader. Julie has worked in healthcare settings for over 35 years. She qualified as a registered dental nurse in 1983 and she has worked as a Dental Nurse, Receptionist and Practice Manager in NHS, private, special care and military practices. Julie also has a degree in Criminology, which she found very interesting. She enjoys spending time with her family and riding pillion on a Harley Davidson.

Hellen Knight

Hellen Knight

Hellen Knight, Private Coordinator. Helen was a Manager  in the financial sector for ten years. She became interested in working in fertility through her own personal experiences. She then decided on a career change in November 2017 and joined Complete Fertility as a Fertility Administrator.

 

 

Hannah Gray

Hannah Gray

Hannah Gray, NHS Coordinator. Hannah worked for Complete Fertility in 2014 to 2015 as a Fertility Administrator. She then joined Spire Portsmouth in their sales and marketing department. Hannah took six months out to travel and we are pleased that she re-joined us in August 2018.

 

 

Kelly Monk

Kelly Monk

Kelly Monk, NHS Coordinator. Kelly started her working life as a Crown Court Secretary for Hampshire Probation Service. She has since been working for 25 years as an Administration Assistant and Secretary in the financial sector. Kelly decided on a career change in September 2015 when she joined Complete Fertility Centre as a Fertility Administrator.

 

 

Breda Byrne

Breda Byrne

Breda Byrne, Reception and Fertility Administrator. Breda lived in the USA for 10 years before joining the NHS 17 years ago and has since worked in many departments. Breda started as a Maternity Care Assistant on the delivery suite then joined the outpatient team and became the Outpatient Manager on E level.

 

Highlights of Breda’s NHS career include the introduction of paper-light and self-check in systems at The Princess Ann Hospital. She has completed NVQ level 4 in Business Administration during which she became involved with Complete Fertility and subsequently took a secondment with Complete Fertility as Team Leader. Breda enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking and socialising.

 

Pam Johal-Pinckney

Pam Johal-Pinckney

Pam Johal-Pinckney, Fertility Administrator has over 12 years experience working in the NHS. Pam's career in administration started when she completed her BA Hons in Business and Marketing at East London University. Pam together with 4 others won Royal Mails 'Young Exporter of the Year' in 1995 by writing an exceptional business plan to export second hand computers to Russia. Pam previously worked at the Adelaide GP surgery for 6 years. She is a new member at Complete Fertility Centre and looks forward to being part of this great service. Pam is very down to earth and has a holistic view to life and enjoys the art of just being and loves yoga!

Helen Kennard

Helen Kennard

Helen Kennard, Marketing Manager. Helen joined Complete Fertility in January 2013 to market the Centre to patients, GPs and all key stakeholders. She is responsible for developing and implementing the marketing strategy. Helen has over fifteen years marketing experience in the healthcare market.

 

 

 

Our international advisory board

Prof R Norman, Adelaide
Prof BCJM Fauser, Utrecht
Prof P Devroey, Brussels
Prof C Yding Andersen, Copenhagen
Prof A Van Steirteghem, Brussels
Prof J Boivin, Cardiff
Prof W Ledger, Sheffield
Prof IT Cameron, Southampton