Michael Ah-Moye FRCOG
CEO /Consultant Gynaecologist
Michael, our CEO, set up the Herts & Essex Fertility Centre (formerly known as the Essex Fertility Centre at Holly House Hospital, Buckhurst Hill) in 1989. He has almost 34 years’ experience working exclusively in the field of IVF and Assisted Conception since starting in 1984 within the NHS in Oxford. With two other Gynaecologists in 1985, he was a founder member of the Fertility & IVF Unit at the Wellington Hospital in London, under the directorship of Professor Ian Craft, who was famous for his pioneering work in IVF, and was the second person in the UK to be responsible for an IVF birth after Mr Patrick Steptoe. The Unit quickly became the largest and busiest IVF unit in the world at that time, performing over 3500 IVF cycles per year. Michael was Deputy Medical Director when he left in 1989 to start his own independent IVF centre.
A Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists, he also a member of the British Fertility Society, the European Society for Human Reproduction & Embryology and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.
Michael’s impressive experience and expertise in Assisted Conception has resulted in the successful and safe delivery of thousands of babies and thousands of happy new families. Widely renowned for his medical prowess, he is equally respected for his meticulous, caring and personal approach to all his patients.
Debbie Evans RGN
Director of Clinical Services/Registered Manager to the Care Quality Commission
Debbie qualified as an RGN in 1985. She has specialised for 18 years in fertility management and has been with the Herts & Essex Fertility Centre since 2007. As Director of Clinical Services, Debbie takes ownership of the day-to-day clinical management of the Centre, with direct responsibility for 30 members of staff. Her senior role has not changed her approach or her work ethos: she is as passionate about patient care as when she first joined the nursing profession.
She is the current Chair of SING (Senior Infertility Nurse Group) an organisation that strives to support nurses in the fertility industry by providing peer support, guidance and encouragement to its members. SING promotes education and training for all fertility nurses and is proactively involved in shaping the future of fertility treatment through stakeholders input with relevant authorities and organisations.
Vicky has been a part of the Herts & Essex team since 2007. As Finance Manager she makes sure that the Centre’s funding is smooth and seamless, allowing our Senior Management team to concentrate solely on our patients’ needs. Originally a construction supervisor in the USA, she later developed her skills for eleven years in the Finance department of a transport planning company in the UK before joining us. Vicky is a qualified CIPP in Payroll and CIPD in Human Resources.
David Ogutu MRCOG
Medical Director and Consultant Gynaecologist/Person Responsible to the HFEA
David joined us as Consultant Gynaecologist and Fertility Specialist in 2011. He graduated from medical school in 1999 and received specialist training in Obstetrics & Gynaecology at the Royal Free Hospital and North Middlesex University Hospital, followed by advanced training in Assisted Conception, Reproductive Endocrinology and Laparoscopic Surgery at King’s College Hospital, London.
David is a member of the British Fertility Society, the European Society for Human Reproduction & Embryology, the British Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy, and the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynaecology. David regularly teaches and addresses fertility conferences.
Sarah Templeman RGN
Nurse Manager/Egg Donation Coordinator/Surrogacy Coordinator
Sarah brings over twenty years’ of nursing experience to our team. Fully trained in Fertility Management, she was instrumental in setting up our Egg Sharing and Surrogacy Programmes. She helps with the day-to-day management of the clinic, conducts ultrasound scans, and ensures the smooth running of the Surrogacy and Egg Donation Programmes with Sarah Robinson. Sarah has been a member of the Herts & Essex Fertility Centre nursing team since 2005, but she has worked closely with us as a Ward Link nurse since 2003 when we were based at the Essex Fertility Centre at Holly House Hospital, in Buckhurst Hill.
Sarah Babbington RGN
Sarah trained at the Royal London Hospital and the National Heart Hospital and has accumulated over thirty years of experience in High Dependency and Critical Care nursing. She has proved herself to be an excellent fertility nurse since she joined our Theatre and Recovery team in 2009, providing the highest standards of care for our patients after Egg Collection, Embryo Transfers and other operational procedures. Sarah is qualified in Advance Life Support and is an assessor in the training of Health Care Assistants.
Medical Secretary/Administration Manager
Apart from the founding members of the Herts & Essex Fertility Centre, Sharon has been the longest serving member of the team: omnipresent and ever-reliable. She joined us in 1997 and previously worked for the occupational healthcare department at British Rail and at the British Medical Association.
Nicola Townsend BMedSc
Nicola gained her degree in Medical Sciences from the University of Birmingham and joined the Herts & Essex Fertility Centre in 2006 after achieving her ACE certificate in Clinical Embryology at Homerton Hospital. She is an ICSI practitioner, a state registered Clinical Scientist with a diploma in Clinical Embryology from the Royal College of Pathologists, a first author on two scientific papers and is a member of the Institute of Biomedical Science. Besides sharing responsibility as one of our Laboratory Managers and undertaking all aspects of clinical embryology work, Nicola is our Internal Auditor and is in charge of quality control, equipment and staff training.