Charles Lister OBE
Charles has been Chair of the SEED Trust (previously NGDT) since 2013. He worked at the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority from 2003 to 2009 where he developed his knowledge of the fertility sector. He currently runs training workshops for the civil service and is on the board of Age UK Sutton and the Caldecott Foundation.
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.
Sarah Jones has acted as a surrogate four times over the last 17 years. She started volunteering for Surrogacy UK as a support worker and membership advisor shortly after her first surrogate child was born, and joined the Board of Trustees in 2014, moving into the Chairperson position a year later. Sarah is passionately committed to surrogacy being non-commercial in the UK and maintains close relationships with all the families she has helped.
Tracey is a BICA and National Fertility Society Accredited Fertility Counsellor for a fertility clinic and manages the support team for an egg bank and sperm bank; she is also a volunteer with the national fertility charity and was a member of the National Donation Strategy Group, developing best practice for gamete donor care. Tracey believes passionately that anyone exploring donating eggs, sperm or embryos proceeds with the knowledge that support is available for them and their partners in the future if or when they need it.
Suzi is a solicitor at Ellis Jones, where she specialises in all aspects of fertility and family law. She advises people who want to build their families through donation, co-parenting arrangements and surrogacy. Suzi is also a trained family mediator, with a particular interest in helping people who are planning to start a family together through co-parenting and known donation. Suzi cares deeply about the work she does in supporting people who are building their families in non-traditional ways and feels privileged to work with people at such an important time in their lives. .
Gavin is Executive Director of Global Blood Fund, a charity helping to improve blood safety and sufficiency in low-income countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Prior to joining GBF, Gavin was responsible for the recruitment of blood, organ, bone marrow etc. donors at NHS Blood and Transplant and brings his insights into donor engagement and management to The Seed Trust. MBA qualified, he is also a past president of the US-based Association of Donor Recruitment Professionals.
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.
Francesca is the Head of Nursing at the CRGH. She has a special interest in surrogacy and donation, and also training and development for nurses and HCA’s within the fertility setting. Francesca is an active member of the Senior Infertility Nurses Group (SING) and a steering committee member of the RCN fertility nursing forum. She was also part of a project group headed up by the Department of Health to produce surrogacy best practice guidance for healthcare professionals.
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.
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.