Yadava Jeve

Yadava is a Fertility Consultant and Sub-specialist in Reproductive Medicine at Birmingham Women’s Hospital with a special interest in donor gametes, IVF and surrogacy. He is a keen researcher with several scientific publications to his credit. He is an author of several book chapters. His research on miscarriage was widely acclaimed and resulted changes in the National Guideline. He is an honorary senior lecturer at Birmingham University and member of the executive committee of the British Fertility Society leading corporate governance.

Dr Yau Thum

Dr Thum joined the Lister Fertility Clinic in 2002, having previously worked as a Research Fellow at Assisted Conception Units at King’s College and St George’s Hospitals, London.

He has continued his fertility research in reproductive immunology, including natural killer cells, recurrent failed implantation after IVF treatment and recurrent miscarriage of immunological origins. He has also published widely on his research in reproductive immunology, women with elevated FSH and IVF treatment in conjunction with egg-sharing.

Dr Thum is clinical lead of the Ovum Donation team and is also on the advisory board of Womb Transplant UK.

Joanne Adams

Joanne is Senior Andrologist and Sperm Donor Bank Manager at Manchester Fertility. As an andrologist she specialises in the treatment of sperm disorders. Joanne is especially passionate about sperm donation and manages a sperm donor bank.

Anupa Roper

Anupa is a mother of two and a part-time Primary School Teacher. After donating eggs a number of years ago she developed an interest in this area. Since then, she has been spreading the word about donation in the hope that other women will follow her lead. Anupa has also taken part in some research to gather information regarding the way that egg donation is organised and the experiences of other women globally. Through her involvement in the SEED trust Anupa hopes to encourage more people to donate by being part of an organisation that can provide support and information to potential donors.

Nina Barnsley

Nina is the Director of the Donor Conception Network, a charity that was founded over 25 years ago. The organisation was founded to help break the isolation felt by so many people using donor assisted conception methods. We support people considering donor conception, offering help with the emotional aspects of the often complex decisions they are making. We provide a space to share hopes and fears as well as experiences of talking to children, and family and friends, about how our families came into being. Membership is open to everyone wherever they are having (or have had) treatment and includes single women and men, heterosexual and same sex couples as well as donor conceived adults.


BICA Fertility Counsellor

Deborah is a Fertility Counsellor, accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and the British Infertility Counselling Association. She has worked in an NHS fertility centre for the past 6 years. Deborah offers a confidential space for people to explore the emotional, psychological and physical impact of their fertility journey. As part of her role Deborah speaks with individuals and couples about the implications of receiving or donating eggs, sperm or embryos so that people have an understanding and appreciation of the legal, ethical and moral aspects of their treatment journey.

Dr Meenakshi Choudhary

Dr Meenakshi Choudhary is a Consultant (Reproductive Medicine) and Egg and Mitochondrial Donor Program Lead at Newcastle Fertility Centre at Life. She leads the egg donor program and is also in charge of the new mitochondrial donor program for the world-first licensed treatment for mitochondrial replacement techniques at the Newcastle Fertility Centre at Life. She is passionate about empowering women who volunteer to be donors and give a ‘gift of life’ to several women who suffer from infertility or deadly inheritable diseases. She believes in a ‘donor-centric’ approach keeping the best interests of the donors at heart without compromising the chance of a baby for the women needing these eggs. Her key research interests cover reproductive ageing, ethics and donation. She has numerous publications to her credit and is a global expert giving invited speaker talks at several international meetings. Her PhD research focussed on assessing factors that influence embryo donation and embryo development.