Introduction to the Executive Committee of AEPU
Chair – Rachel Small RGN RM FRCOG(Hon)
Rachel is a Registered Nurse, Midwife and sonographer, with 30 years’ experience. She currently works at University Hospital Birmingham as a clinical Matron for gynaecology & Early Pregnancy. She has a specialist interest in early pregnancy scanning, recurrent miscarriage and ectopic management. She has numerous publications in this area and performs many national and international talks.
Miss Jackie Ross, Consultant Gynaecologist, King’s College Hospital London
Jackie Ross has been active in Early Pregnancy and Gynaecological ultrasound since 1995 and has been a consultant at King’s since 2003. She is the lead for the Early Pregnancy and Gynaecological Assessment Unit there and is involved in teaching, training, and research.
Ms Alison Smith
Alison trained and worked as a sonographer in York for many years before moving south. She currently works as a Tutor Sonographer in Fetal Medicine and Woman’s Health at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital, London. Her interest is in obstetric and gynaecological ultrasound. Alison is treasurer of AEPU and sits on the executive committee.
Professor Andrew Horne (PhD, FRCOG, FRCP Edin, FRCSEd, FRSE)
Andrew is Professor of Gynaecology and founder/co-director of the EXPPECT Centre for Pelvic Pain and Endometriosis at the University of Edinburgh. He is a leading researcher in women’s health problems, with a focus on endometriosis and pelvic pain, and early pregnancy problems. He has published over 170 peer-reviewed scientific papers. He is Trustee to the Ectopic Pregnancy Trust.
Ruth Bender Atik
A former social worker, Ruth was director of Shilo Pregnancy Advisory Service in Jerusalem, Israel in the 1980s. On returning to England, she worked for South Manchester Health Authority as a health promotion officer (health and homelessness) and has been the National Director of the Miscarriage Association since 1993. She sees her role on the AEPU Executive as reflecting the varied perspectives of people who experience miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy or molar pregnancy.
Professor Colin Duncan
Professor Colin Duncan is a Principal Investigator in the MRC Centre for Reproductive Health at the University of Edinburgh. He is a subspecialist in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery at the Edinburgh Fertility and Reproductive Endocrine Centre and clinical lead for early pregnancy at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. His research interests include the corpus luteum, polycystic ovary syndrome and early pregnancy problems.
Dr Natalie Woodhead
Natalie Woodhead is a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Trust. She is lead for acute gynaecology and early pregnancy services and works in the Tommy’s centre for recurrent miscarriage. Natalie organised the first online AEPU scientific meeting programme in 2021 and is on the scientific committee for annual scientific meeting in Bristol 2022.
Dr Joel Naftalin
Joel Naftalin is a Consultant Gynaecologist at University College London Hospitals. His main areas of expertise are early pregnancy and gynaecological ultrasound, emergency gynaecology and benign gynaecological surgery.
Ms Roxanne Sicklen
Roxanne is a Clinical Specialist Sonographer currently employed at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust. She has a special interest in early pregnancy and gynaecological ultrasound and has spoken widely at national and international conferences, particularly about improving communication in early pregnancy care. Roxanne currently sits as the sonographer representative of the AEPU executive committee.
Ms Maeve Tuomey
Maeve Tuomey is the Lead Clinical Nurse Specialist in the Early Pregnancy and Acute Gynaecology Unit at Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital in West London, part of Imperial Health Care Trust. Maeve has worked as a nurse in gynaecology for over twenty years. She currently runs the day-to-day management of the Early Pregnancy and Acute Gynaecology Unit, where over 6000 women are seen annually, and is an experienced sonographer. She has contributed to large multicentre cohort studies with a focus on early pregnancy complications, including miscarriage, pregnancy of unknown location (PUL) and ectopic pregnancy. Maeve also helps organises and manages the local monthly pregnancy loss support group on a voluntary basis. She is passionate about women’s health and providing high quality and compassionate care to couples undergoing pregnancy loss
Dr Chris Kyriacou
Dr Chris Kyriacou is an Obstetrics and Gynaecology Registrar and PhD candidate at Imperial College London, with a specialist focus on early pregnancy complications, evaluating clinical, ultrasound and novel biochemical biomarkers that may enable earlier ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage diagnosis.