There are many people involved in your care and treatment and your team is made up of highly trained and qualified IVF and fertility specialists. Here are the profiles of some people you might meet.


Dr Nick-Raine Fenning - Medical Director


Nick is one of our two Medical Directors and Person Responsible for the Unit at the Burton Fertility Clinic.  He has over 15 years’ experience in looking after patients with subfertility including those undergoing IVF.  He is an active researcher and has published over 100 scientific papers many of which have led to changes in clinical practice and guidance.

Nick is known internationally for his work on ultrasound and has given keynote lectures all around the World.  He is an Executive Member of the British Fertility Society (BFS), the Reproductive Medicine Clinical Study Group (RM-CSG), the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics in Gynaecology (ISUOG), and Wellbeing of Women’s (WoW) Advisory Committee.  He is an Advisor to NICE and the RCOG on fertility and reproductive surgery and is an Advocate of patient and public involvement in research through PREPARE, a patient group he established in 2012.

Nick is an experienced surgeon and operates at the Treatment Centre in Nottingham where he sees NHS and private patients together with his colleague and fellow fertility expert James Hopkission.

Dr James Hopkisson - Medical Director


James is one of our two Medical Directors. He is an RCOG Subspecialist in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery and has been involved with IVF and fertility management since 1993.

He completed his research and training in Oxford before moving to Nottingham to take up his consultant post and lead the NHS Fertility service at QMC.  His research looked at the development of endometriosis and the endometrium and he has extended his interest since to become an experienced laparoscopic (keyhole) surgeon in endometriosis, adhesions and fibroids.

He has authored or co-authored 30 papers and book chapters.  James sat on the RCOG Subspecialty Committee and is the lead for subspecialty training in Reproductive Medicine in Nottingham, the programme for training the next generation of specialist doctors in fertility.

Lyndsey Zujovic - Director of Embryology & Group Lab Lead


Lyndsey Zujovic is the TFP Group Embryology Lead and Laboratory Manager at Nurture Fertility. Lyndsey has 20 years’ experience in embryology and has been based at Nurture for 15 years. She graduated from University of Hull in 2000 and has since gone on to gain her HCPC State Registration and is Diplomate of the Royal College of Pathologists. Lyndsey has worked extensively with The Association of Clinical Embryologists and chaired the UK Professional Development Committee for several years. Lyndsey has a keen interest in quality improvement and is focused on trying to optimise the chance of success for patients across all TFP clinics through the use of pioneering equipment, high-quality training and research. Lyndsey has a keen patient focus and feels that individualised patient care is crucial in providing the best chance of success.

Heather Stringer - Director of Operations


Rhiannon Griffiths - General Manager

Christie Stringer - Quality Manager


Dr. Joanne Wilkins - Clinician


Dr Sonia Asif - Clinician


Dr Sophie Vogelzang - Clinician


Harriet Pugsley - Consultant

Dr Radha Venkatakrishnan - Consultant


Dr Shilpa Deb - Clinician

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Nursing team

Emma Edwards - Nurse Manager


Nicola Rose - Deputy Nurse Manager (Burton Satellite)


Kathryn Cocking - Deputy Nurse Manager (Nottingham)


Claire Houghton - Fertility Midwife


Claire worked within the fields of special needs and youth work prior to qualifying as a midwife in 2002 at Derby Royal Hospital. On completion of a BSc (Hons) degree in midwifery worked for 5 years at Derby Royal before leaving to work at Burton Fertility Clinic in 2007. For 18 month’s Claire worked as the andrologist for the unit part time and also worked part time as a midwife at Burton Hospital. After 18 months Claire took on the role of Theatre coordinator – responsible for coordinating all the theatre cases and giving the anaesthetic to patients during theatre procedures.

In 2015 moved over to Nurture fertility and became a part of the nursing team, undertaking transvaginal scanning and supporting the theatre team when needed.

Claire continued to also work as a midwife at Burton Hospital part time until 2018, although now works solely at Nurture Fertility and also covers Burton Fertility when needed within the nursing team which she enjoys supporting patients during their treatment.

Outside of work Claire loves to travel and socialising.

Megan Blair - Nurse


Melanie Saunby - Nurse


Lynda Lacy - Sonographer

Julie Lory - Nurse

Katy Cowen - Nursing Administrator and Egg Donation Coordinator


Eleanor Sparks - HCA (Burton satellite clinic)

Ellie has worked at the Burton satellite clinic for almost two years where she assists the nursing team with venepuncture duties, clinic days, and general stock maintenance.
Before coming to Nurture Ellie worked in a care home for the elderly for 4 years and obtained an NVQ in health care. She enjoys seeing patients in the clinic throughout their pathway journey. Outside of work Ellie spends most of her spare time with family and participates in horse riding.


Saran Ahitan - Senior Embryologist


Hollie Smith - Embryologist


Hollie graduated from The University of Leicester in 2012 with a degree in Medical Physiology, after which she became interested in the field of assisted reproduction. This encouraged her continue her education with an MSc in Assisted Reproductive Technology. Upon completion of her MSc in 2013, she joined the Nurture team, which is where she has undergone all of her Embryology training. She is currently aiming to complete her state registration as a Clinical Embryologist.

Vicky Bateman - Embryologist


Vicky graduated from The University of Warwick in 2009 with a degree in Microbiology and Virology. Her first post in in the field of Assisted Reproduction was as an Andrologist at the Burton Fertility Centre. Her Embryology clinical training commenced in 2013 when Nurture Fertility combined with the clinic. She then completed the Association of Clinical Embryologists training programme in 2015 and then went on to achieve State Registration as a Clinical Scientist in 2018. Vicky is experienced in a variety of assisted reproductive techniques and has a particular interest in vitrification and fertility preservation.

Ashley Payne - Embryologist

Tracey Davey - Embryologist

Tracey graduated from the University of Nottingham with a BSc (Hons) Biology in 2005. After initially training in Andrology she started her career in Embryology in 2006 before moving to Nurture in 2012. She is now a Senior Embryologist and a HCPC registered Clinical Scientist and has achieved Diplomat Membership of The Royal College of Pathologists. She is a PGT-A practitioner, currently manages Cryostorage facilities and has a particular interest in Male factor fertility and patient support services.

Katie Lockwood - Andrologist

Katie has worked at the satellite clinic in Burton for 4 years. She has completed a Batchelor of Science degree in Microbiology from Nottingham University and then went on to work as a Biomedical Scientist for 11 years at a quality control company in Birmingham. After taking a break to have her two children she has retrained and qualified as an Andrologist and now runs the Andrology laboratory at the Burton Satellite clinic. Katie enjoys holidaying abroad with her family, socialising with friends and chocolate!.

Kirstyn Sewell - Senior Andrologist


Kirstyn completed a Masters of Science (MSc) degree in Chemistry from the University of Nottingham in 2008.  Following University she went on to work in a NHS Pathology lab in Derby, before starting at Nurture in 2010.  During her time at Nurture Kirstyn has specialised in Andrology and completed three Andrology ABA training Logbooks during this time.  Kirstyn is now a Senior Andrologist looking after the service at Nurture including supervising and training new staff in andrology and overseeing the running of the andrology service at our Satellite clinic in Burton.


Sophie Reid - Embryologist

Sophie completed a degree in Biological Sciences specialising in Reproductive Biology at Edinburgh University in 2006, followed by a Masters in Assisted Reproduction Technology at Nottingham University. She has been working at Nurture Fertility since 2009 and is a Senior Clinical Embryologist and an HCPC registered Clinical Scientist. She has achieved Diplomat Membership of The Royal College of Pathologists and is on the Editorial Team of ‘The Embryologist’ magazine. She assists in training other Nurture embryologists and offers Preimplantation Genetic Testing (PGT-A) consultations. Sophie has a particular interest in enhancing patient support and optimising the use of time-lapse imaging for embryo selection and also runs a scheme monitoring the consistency of embryo grading across The Fertility Partnership

Luke Rushbrook - Lab Technician


Luke graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Science from Keele University in 2014. After gaining experience working within research and microbiology laboratories, he went on to study an MSc in Global Health at Stockholm’s Karolinska Institute. Here he gained a particular interest in maternal and child health, completing his Master’s thesis on antibiotic resistance in infants. After graduating, Luke joined the Nurture team in 2018. He is responsible for conducting blood hormone analysis, culture dish preparation, and is working towards completion of the ABA training module in diagnostic semen analysis.

Jacqueline Pochin - Embryology Adminstrator

After completing a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in IT, Jacqueline worked in financial administration for the UK Government before moving on to specialise in staff training for a leading UK charity and the University of Nottingham. In recent years, Jacqueline became a mother which initiated her interest in Embryology and ultimately lead her to move sectors and begin working as part of the lab team. She now uses her organisational and interpersonal skills to support the embryology team administratively allowing them more time to focus on carrying out scientific work. Jacqueline enjoys managing the cryogenic storage consent system as it means she gets to work closely with patients.

Brogan Pitt - Lab Tech


Angela Turner - Patient Services Manager


Angela is the Patient Services Manager at the Burton Satellite clinic and has been at the Burton clinic for 18 years. She started as an administrator and then became Patient Services Manager in 2018 and manages a small admin team at the clinic. Angela has seen many changes within the clinic over years including moving to their new site. Angela has gained a lot of knowledge about fertility care within her time at the clinic. Angela trained as a Medical Secretary and has in the past worked in numerous departments within NHS Hospitals so also has a good all round knowledge of Health Care. Outside of work, Angela and her family enjoy attending rock concerts and festivals and her favourite places to go on holiday are Wales and America.

Nicol Hewitt - Receptionist


Nicol joined Nurture Fertility in December 2017. On a day to day basis, Nicol works on both reception areas at the Nottingham site and primarly manages incoming queries of the patient portal. Nicol enjoys seeing patients throughout their treatment from start to finish and likes to ensure all patients feel welcome throughout their pathway, at every appointment. Outside of work Nicol focuses on health, nutrition and exercise.

Rhys Plackett - Clinical Administrator


Bianca Wright - Medical Secretary/Patient Services Administrator

Tracy Ward-Harvey - Patient Services Administrator

Tracy is a Patient Services Administrator at the Burton satellite clinic. Tracy has worked at Nurture Fertility I’ve been working at Nurture since 2018 after leaving her previous job as a local GP receptionist where she worked for 5 years. In her spare time, she enjoys being a member of a local motorcycle group, football (WBA) and rugby (Scarlets).

Anna Swain - Receptionist

Hayley Greatorex - Patient Support Associate

Nicola Rawding - Patient Support Associate


Holly Johnson - Finance Adminstrator


Holly Johnson began working at Nurture in 2015 as part of the finance team after leaving her previous finance-related role. Holly has taken over the role of finance here at the Nottingham clinic and is responsible for overseeing all financial issues and queries including working with NHS CCG’s regarding patient funding. Having worked within finance for all her career, she enjoys being able to assist patients throughout their fertility journey. Outside of work, Holly loves spending time with friends, family and pets.


Tracey Webster - ODP

Tracey Marshall - ODP

Jackie Pearce - HCA


Jackie has worked at Nurture Fertility for almost 3 years as a Health Care Assistant. She works closely with the Fertility nurses early in the morning taking bloods for the patients who require it – she loves this part of her job. Jackie also works as part of the Theatre team, allowing her the ability to see patients from the beginning to the end of their journey.


Hayley McCann - Counsellor


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