New members appointed

Three new members have been appointed to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, the independent regulator for fertility treatment and embryo research.

Dr Andy Greenfield and Dr Alan Thornhill will begin their appointments on 9 November 2009. Reverend Ermal Kirby will begin his appointment on 1st January 2010. Each of the new members has been appointed for three years.

Three current Authority members have also been reappointed. Professor Bill Ledger, Mrs Sally Cheshire and Ms Anna Carragher have been appointed for a further three years.

Four members will step down from the Authority this year when their appointments come to an end. Lord Richard Harries of Pentregarth will step down on 31st December 2009.  Roger Neuberg, Chris Barratt and Jenny Hunt will step down on 6th November 2009.

Biographical and remuneration information for the new and reappointed members can be found below.

Professor Lisa Jardine, Chair of the HFEA, said:

“I look forward enormously to working with these new members. Their talent and experience will make a valuable contribution to the Authority, complementing those of our current and reappointed members.

“Richard, Roger, Chris and Jenny have made a wonderful contribution to the work of the Authority and they will leave with our warm good wishes for the future.”

All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity (if any declared) to be made public. None of the new members has taken part in political activity over the last five years. The appointments have been made in accordance with the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments (OCPA) Code of Practice. 

New members

Dr Andy Greenfield

Appointment:    09/11/2009 to 08/11/2012
Remuneration:    £188.87 per day
Declared political activity in the last five years:    None
Other ministerial appointments held:    None

Dr Greenfield read Genetics at Cambridge University and went on to gain a PhD in the specialism of Mouse Molecular Genetics, followed by an M.A in Philosophy.

For the past 13 years, Dr Greenfield has been Programme Leader at the Medical Research Council in Harwell. His core-funded research is concerned with the molecular genetics of mammalian sexual development, primarily the identification of genes important for the genetic development of the laboratory mouse. At the Medical Research Council, Dr Greenfield has supervised PhD students and has visited various local schools to discuss genetics and conduct practical demonstrations to students.

Dr Greenfield is currently a member of the MRC College of Experts and was previously a member of the MRC Microarray Prioritisation Committee (MPC), between 2000 and 2003; and was a member of the Welcome Trust Modules, Genes and Cell Funding Panel between 2003 and 2007.

Dr Alan Thornhill

Appointment:    09/11/2009 to 08/11/2012
Remuneration:    £188.87 per day
Declared political activity in the last five years:    None
Other ministerial appointments held:     None

Dr Thornhill has worked in the field of reproductive biology for 20 years and has been a clinical embryologist for the past 13 years, working in 4 large NHS and private HFEA licensed IVF centres. Dr Thornhill has a degree in Biology, with a speciality in Genetics, and wrote his PhD on the “Effects of the Sex Chromosomes on early growth and development in the Mouse”.

Dr Thornhill has done a variety of media work discussing assisted reproduction and reproductive genetics, and has appeared on a number of television programmes exploring these areas, including Channel 4’s ‘Embarrassing Bodies’ and Sky News. Dr Thornhill has also contributed to several boards including as the current secretary of Alpha, the International Society for Scientists in Reproductive Medicine (2005-current). He has also published 40 peer-reviewed articles and over 50 abstracts on Developmental Biology.
 

Reverend Ermal Kirby

Appointment:    01/01/2010 to 31/12/2012
Remuneration:    £188.87 per day
Declared political activity in the last five years:    None
Other ministerial appointments held:     None


Rev. Kirby is the Chair of the London District of the Methodist Church, having special responsibility for the Church’s engagement with the City’s social challenges and governance, and for relationships with other Churches and faiths. The London district comprises 247 churches grouped in 41 circuits and supported by around 230 ministers and lay employees.

Prior to taking up this appointment in 2006, Rev. Kirby was the Chair of the London North East District; responsible for the oversight of 90 ministers, serving 210 congregations. Rev.Kirby has studied Theology widely, having qualifications in Ministerial Studies, and a BA (hons) and MA gained from Oxford University.

 

Reappointed members

Professor Bill Ledger

Appointment:    until 6 November 2012
Remuneration:     £188.87 per day
Declared political activity in the last five years:    None
Other ministerial appointments held:    None


Professor Bill Ledger lives in Sheffield and is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Sheffield and Honorary Consultant at the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Trust. He has a long standing interest in scientific aspects of infertility and assisted reproduction and is a member of the Editorial Board of Clinical Endocrinology and British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and a referee for Human Reproduction, Human Fertility and Fertility and Sterility. He is also chair of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologist (RCOG) Examinations Committee and has extensive experience in the development of new methods for standard setting and examining professional attitudes.
 

Mrs Sally Cheshire

Appointment:     until 6 November 2012
Remuneration:    £273.15 per day
Declared political activity in the last five years:    None
Other ministerial appointments held:    None


Mrs Sally Cheshire lives in Bramhall, Cheshire and is Director of Deloitte & Touche Accountancy Consultants. She is a Chartered Management Accountant with 15 years experience of all aspects of financial management.

She is currently serving as a non-executive director of the North West Strategic Health Authority and is Chair of the Audit Committee. Mrs Cheshire has worked largely in the health sector for the last 5 years, helping hospitals understand their customer needs, improve their governance and deliver improved services. She has also worked on major change programmes for British Coal, Network Rail and the RAF and is chair of her local Samaritans branch.
 

Ms Anna Carragher 

Appointment:     until 6 November 2012
Remuneration:     £188.87 per day
Declared political activity in the last five years:    None
Other ministerial appointments held:           None


Ms Anna Carragher lives in Belfast and has recently retired as Controller of BBC Northern Ireland. In her career she has worked on many major BBC news programmes including the Today programme, Newsnight, Question Time, Correspondent and worked on the Launch of Breakfast Time.

She has significant change management experience and as part of the BBC's value for money programme led a major cultural change programme and cut base costs by 15% over 15 months. She does not have any other ministerial appointments nor has she taken part in political activity over the last five years.



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Notes to editors

  • Further information about HFEA members, including short biographies, can be found on the HFEA website: http://www.hfea.gov.uk/124.html 
  • The HFEA is the independent regulator for fertility treatment and embryo research. Our role is to protect patients and the public interest, to drive improvement in the treatment and research sectors and to provide information to the public and policymakers about treatment and research.
  • The HFEA was set up in August 1991 as part of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990.  The HFEA’s principal tasks are to license and monitor clinics that carry out in vitro fertilisation (IVF), artificial insemination (AI) and human embryo research. The HFEA also regulates the storage of gametes (eggs and sperm) and embryos.

For further information please contact the HFEA press office on 020 7291 8226 or email press.office@hfea.gov.uk

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