The Team

At the Bristol Centre for Reproductive Medicine – BCRM, our aim is to be the first choice in Bristol and the South West for Fertility treatment, investigations (tests) and advice. BCRM is built on a foundation of trust and integrity with transparency at the heart of all our treatments. All treatments offered are evidence based and personalised to you.

Our highly-skilled team, led by internationally recognised Fertility expert Valentine Akande, has already helped thousands of couples achieve their dream of starting or growing their family – and it’s part of our mission to help many more.

We believe those facing Fertility treatment or reproductive problems deserve the highest standard of care from experienced medical professional that understand the stress and emotional impact these issues can bring.

We are friendly, discreet and the key to our outstanding success is putting our patients first. As such, each member of our dedicated team is carefully selected and highly valued.

We are recognised for continuously improving and innovating. We are also committed to sharing our expert knowledge with our patients, peers, colleagues and the public.


Dr Valentine Akanke

Dr Valentine Akande MBBS PhD MRCOG

Valentine is a Consultant Gynaecologist, Fertility Specialist & Reproductive Surgeon.

He has been treating couples with Fertility and reproductive problems since 1995 and has personally helped several hundred fulfil their dream of having a baby.

Find out more about Valentine Akande

Dr Amanda Jefferys

Dr Amanda Jefferys  MRCOG BMBS BMedSci

Amanda is a Consultant Gynaecologist and Subspecialist in Reproductive Medicine & Surgery.

She qualified in 2003 and has worked in the field of gynaecology for the last 13 years.  Amanda has undertaken specialist training in the field of fertility and is an accredited subspecialist in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery.  She has a broad research portfolio with a particular interest in fertility surgery and the impact of obesity on reproductive health.  She has published research articles and book chapters on these subjects.  She is an organiser and trainer on the prestigious British Fertility Society Reproductive Surgery Masterclass and teaches on the University of Bristol MSc in Reproduction and Development.  She is also an active member of the British Fertility Society and British Society for Gynaecology Endoscopy.  Amanda prides herself in providing a personalised and holistic approach ensuring the highest standards of care for all her patients.

Find out more about Amanda Jefferys

Dr Alex Price

Dr Alex Price

Alex is a Fertility Specialist, qualified in 2001 and has worked in the field of gynaecology since 2003. She also works at the Bristol Centre for Reproductive Medicine (BCRM), Southmead Hospital. Her academic training has involved working as an Obstetric and Gynaecology Registrar, and a Research Fellow in medical education with the University of Bristol. She is also a fully qualified GP and has been specially trained in ultrasound scanning. Further qualifications include a diploma in medical education and family planning and sexual health.

She has always been complemented on her listening skills and compassionate nature towards patients.

She is a keen musician, enjoys singing with Bristol Choral Society and playing the violin. She also enjoys the outdoors and skiing.

Dr Abhuruchi Paisal

Dr Abhiruchi Paisal M.D, Fellow Reproductive Medicine

Dr Paisal obtained her M.D in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 2006 and completed her fellowship in Reproductive Medicine in 2011. She has since been practicing in the field of fertility. In addition, she also holds a diploma in ultrasonography.

Dr Paisal joined BCRM in 2015 bringing her vast experience in all aspects of Reproductive Medicine to Bristol. She has gained experience at some of the renowned Fertility centres such as the Yale Fertility Centre in the United States. She is a member of the British Fertility Society and has taught at the MSc in Reproduction and Development at the University of Bristol. She believes in providing high standards of care through compassion and individualized patient approach.


Paul Wilson

Paul Wilson BSc, Dip Clin Embryol, Dip RCPath

Paul is the Scientific Director for Fertility Bristol as well as Consultant Embryologist/ Andrologist.

He is a Nationally recognised expert in the field of Embryology and has nearly 25 years on direct hands-on experience in IVF labs and, in addition to being part of the Fertility Bristol team, is also the Head of Embryology & Andrology at the Bristol Centre for Reproductive Medicine (BCRM). He previously led the Laboratory team as Laboratory Director and Person Responsible at the University of Bristol’s Centre for Reproductive Medicine. Paul has extensive leadership experience in the delivery of clinical Embryology & Andrology services, including laboratory design, quality management to international standards and is actively involved in the formal training of new Scientists entering the Reproductive Medicine field.

Paul’s research interests include the optimisation of embryo culture, the timing of embryo replacement and embryo cryopreservation processes. His objective is to ensure that the very highest possible success rates are obtained for patients.



Carrie Lomax

Carrie is a Gynaecology & Fertility Clinical Nurse Manager who also works at the Bristol Centre for Reproductive Medicine (BCRM), Southmead Hospital. She has been working in this field since 1992. As a Clinical Nurse Manager Carrie has attained further qualifications including a diploma in Gynaecology, Nurse prescribing & has undertaken a Masters of Science Degree in Advanced Practice. Carrie has also been specially trained in ultrasound scanning and the investigation process for new fertility patients.She is a member of the British Fertility Society (BFS) & the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) forums for Fertility & Gynaecology. Carrie enjoys being part of a dedicated team and is personally committed to ensuring that patients are fully informed and supported through their fertility journey.


Gemma Faherty

Gemma is a Fertility Nurse Specialist who also works at the Bristol Centre for Reproductive Medicine (BCRM), Southmead Hospital. She has been working in this field for several years.

Lydia Turner - Fertility Nurse Specialist

Lydia Turner


Katharine Gale

Katharine is an advanced nurse practitioner with over 18 years clinical experience in women’s health.   Following a degree in Nursing Studies at King’s College London, she completed a Masters in Clinical Ultrasound at London South Bank University. She is a qualified Hysteroscopist and has an Independent Prescribing qualification. She also work in the NHS assessing and treating women with a wide range of women’s health issues. She has specialist interest in diagnostics, early pregnancy, recurrent miscarriage and infertility. Katharine is currently a committee member for the British Society of Gynaecological imaging and a member of the British Fertility Society.

Jane Burton -Fertility Nurse Specialist

Jane Burton

Rebecca Palmer

Rebecca Palmer


Bonnie Dickinson

Bonnie Dickinson

Stefanie Nicholas

Stefanie Nicholas

Heather Griffith

Heather Griffith


Alison Inker

Alison Inker

Elizabeth Brain

Elizabeth Brain

Margaret Jenkins

Margaret Jenkins

Joanne Tyrrell - Quality Manager

Joanne Tyrrell

Chantelle Woodward

Chantelle is the Practice Manager for Fertility Bristol. Chantelle Woodard and her team are responsible for coordinating all secretarial and administrative tasks. They are dedicated to providing an excellent, friendly service to every patient and they very much look forward to being of assistance to you.

Lydia Cuthbertson

Lydia Cuthbertson


Beata Haase

Beata is the senior administrator and fertility treatment (IVF, ICSI, Donor egg and sperm) coordinator at Fertility Bristol. She has many years experience in the field of fertility and also work within the administration team at the Bristol centre for reproductive medicine (BCRM).


Wendy Martin

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Jonathan Wills

Dr Jonathan Wills

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Judith Nolan_Fotor

Dr Judith Nolan


Andrew Johnson

Dr Andrew Johnson

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Dr Raj Persad

Dr Raj Persad

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