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Meet the team in Wales & Bristol

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Peter Bowen-Simpkins

Medical Director

Peter qualified from Cambridge University and Guy’s Hospital Medical School and obtained the Hancock Prize for Surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons. His main interests are fertility, the menopause and menstrual disorders. He has served on the Council of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, is a trustee of Wellbeing of Women, a spokesman for both the college and the charity, and a regular broadcaster and lecturer.

Hemlata Thackare

Hemlata Thackare

Consultant Gynaecologist and Fertility Specialist

Hemlata completed her clinical research fellowships in reproductive medicine at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, the London Fertility Centre and The Cromwell IVF Unit, Swansea. She has a special interest in endometrial factors in implantation and polycystic ovarian syndrome and received ‘The Best Young Scientist’ award by the British Fertility Society in 2004. She joined the LWC in 2007 and is the Person Responsible to the HFEA for LWC Cardiff. She says: 'The London Women’s Clinic has been a groundbreaker on issues such as treating same-sex couples and egg sharing. I am proud to lead a very dynamic and caring team in Cardiff.'

Specialist Consultant IVF LWC Wales

Spiros Liatsikos

Consultant Gynaecologist and Fertility Specialist

Spiros graduated from the Medical School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, in Greece, where he was awarded a PhD.  He joined the LWC in 2013 and specialises in mild and natural IVF and implementing advanced ultrasound technology in the diagnosis and treatment of subfertility. Dr Liatsikos has published research articles in international journals and scientific textbooks and is a regular speaker at international events. 

Nurse Manager IVF Anne Fisher

Anne Fisher

Nurse Manager

Anne has been with us at the LWC in Swansea since 2003. She qualified as a state enrolled nurse in 1981 and gained experience on a gynaecology ward. She’s worked in intensive care for 6 years, as a member of the critical care team, and completed an anaesthetic and gynaecology course.  She’s also worked at the Chelsea Hospital for Women and Queen Charlotte's Hospital.

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Liz Coward Evans

Fertility Counsellor

Liz has worked as a Fertility Counsellor at the LWC’s Swansea clinic for 15 years, and also provides support at the Cardiff and London clinics. After graduating in sociology, she gained a certificate and diploma in counselling and an accreditation in fertility counselling with the BICA. Liz is seen as an important part of the team at the LWC: 'The role has enabled me to offer support counselling to anyone going through fertility investigations and treatment which has been fulfilling and worthwhile,' she says.

Jeannette MacKenzie

Jeannette MacKenzie

Senior Embryologist and Laboratory

Jeanette joined the LWC in 2008 and works at both our clinics in Swansea and Cardiff. She specialises in embryology and is experienced at managing an IVF laboratory. She gained her degree in anatomy and structural biology from Otago University, New Zealand, and completed a masters in clinical embryology at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. She previously worked as a senior embryologist at Fertility Associates in New Zealand.

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Louise Mitchell

Nurse Manager

Louise qualified as a registered general nurse in Cardiff in 2001. She joined an NHS fertility unit in 2004, where she gained further qualifications in women’s health, family planning and gynaecology. In 2010 she joined the LWC – Harley Street before returning to our Cardiff clinic in Wales to become our Deputy Nurse Manager. Louise took the role as Nurse Manager at our Bristol clinic in 2016. Louise is also a member of the HFEA Licensed Centre’s Panel were she helps to represent clinics working together with the HFEA.

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Helen Lloyd

Senior Fertility Nurse

Helen has 33 years’ experience within fertility nursing with a special interest in ultrasound scanning. Previous to her role at the LWC she has worked as a gynaecology ward sister and as an NHS fertility nurse coordinator.

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Sanjay Vyas

Consultant Medical Advisor

Sanjay specialises in laparoscopic surgery and is a nationally recognised expert in his field. He has over 30 years’ of experience and is president elect of the British Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy, and has worked as a senior consultant gynaecologist at the North Bristol NHS Trust. He trained at King’s College Hospital, London in 1985, and then as a senior registrar in Bristol.

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Peter Sprober

Senior Embryologist

Peter joined the LWC in Wales in 2011, having previously worked as a senior embryologist and laboratory manager at the Kaali Institute in Szeged, Hungary. He has over 15 years’ of experience working the field of embryology and is particularly interested in time-lapse analysis and embryo biopsy.

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