Introduction to the Executive Committee of AEPU

Rachel Small
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.
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. 
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