About Us

We are proactively involved in shaping the future of fertility treatment through stakeholders input with relevant authorities and organisations.

Executive Team

Debbie Evans

Debbie Evans

Executive Chair

Debbie is the Centre Manager at the Herts and Essex Fertility Centre.

She has responsibility for the day to day clinical management of the Centre and has responsibility for 30 members of staff. She has 30 years of experience in Nurse Management and 20 of them have been within Fertility. She brings a wealth of varied knowledge and experience to the role. She is extremely passionate about the Fertility world and continually seeks to improve via a very structured Quality management system in order that her patients achieve the highest level of care available. She is a true advocate for her patients and staff alike in that she strives to ensure that all staff are fully competent to deliver the very best of care. Debbie is very keen to ensure that as nurses we are represented within all the stakeholder groups in Fertility in order that we are involved in policy and practice. Debbie is the nurse representative on the Meetings committee for the BFS. Debbie is always committed to the further education of nurses in an ever changing environment.

Laura Carter-Penman RGN

Laura Carter-Penman RGN

Executive Secretary

Laura is the Regional Lead Nurse at Bourn Hall Fertility Clinic in Cambridge.

Joining Bourn Hall in April 2011, she was promoted to the role of Lead Nurse at Cambridge in 2013 and to Regional Lead Nurse for our Cambridge and Norfolk clinics in 2017.

Laura is keen to ensure that the nursing teams across the region continue to provide the highest standards of care that they are well known for and to champion continuous improvements in working practices and procedures.

Laura says: “I feel I have really found my vocation working in the field of fertility and feel a strong sense of pride to be part of the wonderful team at Bourn Hall.”

Katie Best

Katie Best

Executive Treasurer

Katie has worked within the field of fertility for 18 years at Gateshead Fertility Unit and helped establish the unit.

I have always had an interest in women’s health having worked on Gynaecology and early pregnancy unit from qualifying.

I feel very privileged to work within this specialist area and be part of the team that care for the patients.

It is very important to encourage nurses to work within this area through education and experience.

Web Team

Francesca Steyn

Francesca Steyn

Head of Nursing, Quality and Compliance at the Centre for Reproductive and Genetic Health (CRGH) London

Francesca is Head of Nursing, Quality and Compliance at the Centre for Reproductive and Genetic Health (CRGH) London.

She is responsible for the management of a large team of nursing staff and the patient pathway.  Her areas of expertise include the management of Surrogacy arrangements and treatment, PGS/NGS and PGD programmes, ovum donation programmes and large satellite fertility treatment programmes.

Alice Denga

Alice Denga

Modern Matron, Guys Assisted Conception Unit

Alice oversees nursing care during the patient’s journey in the Assisted Conception Unit,  she supports the nurses with training and development to ensure they are empowered to provide an excellent service.

Alice feels passionate about patient experience and leads on patient engagement and feedback in the unit.