Meet our Authority members
Our Authority members are non staff members who are appointed to bring an objective point of view to our board and committees. This page introduces you to them and tells you a bit about their background.
Mrs Sally Cheshire CBE (Chair)
An Authority member since 2006, Sally has personal experience of unsuccessful IVF. She has been our Chair since January 2014 when she took on the role on an interim basis, before becoming permanent in April 2014. Her appointment is until 31 March 2020.
Sally’s background is in finance and business and she has 20 years’ experience in a range of sectors including strategy, finance and accounting, mergers and acquisitions and business operations. A former Director at Deloitte & Touche, she is now Chair of Health Education North West (HENW), which plans and delivers the quality of education and training for the 180,000 NHS employees across the North West of England.
Sally was awarded the title of Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen's 2017 birthday honours.
Ms Margaret Gilmore (Deputy Chair)
Having spent 19 years as a journalist at the BBC, Margaret now works as a Non-Executive Director on the board of the Food Standards Agency, an independent government department responsible for food safety and hygiene across the UK. She has been an Authority member since 1 April 2015 and is our Deputy Chair. Her term continues until 31 March 2018.
Margaret is a Senior Associate Fellow with the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), a defence and security think tank; and she continues to write, lecture and commentate on national security and communications issues part time.
Ms Anita Bharucha
Anita is an independent management consultant who has personal experience of unsuccessful IVF. She joined as an Authority member on 1 April 2015 and her term continues until 31 March 2018.
Anita brings 18 years’ experience as a civil servant working in the Home Office, Cabinet Office, Northern Ireland Office and as a Director in the Ministry of Justice.
Ms Kate Brian
Kate has personal experience of fertility problems and her two children were born following IVF. Her term as an Authority member is due to run until November 2020.
Kate is Women’s Voices Lead at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists where she works to ensure women’s voices are heard at every level and champions the best in women’s health care.
Having begun her career as a television journalist, she continues to write women’s health books and articles and is Editor of the Journal of Fertility Counselling. She also serves on numerous health and fertility-related committees.
Professor Bobbie Farsides
Bobbie is Professor of Clinical and Biomedical Ethics at Brighton and Sussex Medical School, a post she has held since 2006. She joined the Authority on 22 November 2016 and her term continues until 21 November 2019.
Bobbie has more than a decade of experience in researching ethical issues relating to healthcare, especially fertility treatment, antenatal screening, palliative care and issues around death and dying. She is a member of a number of committees and groups and has twice served as a specialist adviser to the House of Lords. Most recently she has chaired a working party for the Nuffield Council on bioethics looking at children’s participation in clinical research.
Dr Andy Greenfield
A geneticist, Andy is Programme Leader at the Medical Research Council’s (MRC) research unit and Chair of their Ethical Review Committee. He started work as an Authority member on 9 November 2009 and his term runs until 31 December 2018.
Andy’s research is mostly focussed on studying how the structure and function of mammals’ genes develop at a molecular level. In particular, he is looking to identify genes that are important for the development of the reproductive organs in mice and how these might play a role in humans’ predisposition to certain diseases. He is a past member of the MRC College of Experts and the Wellcome Trust’s Molecules, Genes and Cells Funding Panel.
Dr Yacoub Khalaf
Yacoub is the Medical Director of the Assisted Conception Unit (ACU) at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital and Director of their pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) programme. He became an Authority member on 1 April 2015 after working with us for a number of years on committees and initiatives, and his term continues 31 March 2018.
As well as being an Honorary Senior Lecturer at King’s College London and leading a research programme, he serves on numerous important boards and groups in the field of reproductive medicine. Having published more than 100 journal papers and book chapters and lectured across the globe, his expertise is called upon regularly by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and the media.
Dr Anne Lampe
Anne is a consultant in Clinical Genetics at the South East of Scotland Clinical Genetic Service in Edinburgh. She has a special interest in rare syndrome diagnosis and eye genetics, and after graduating from medical school at the Albert-Ludwigs-University in Germany, completed a PhD researching the role of collagen VI in muscular dystrophy.
Since November 2008, Anne has provided adult and paediatric genetic services for Fife, including prenatal and predictive testing. She’s a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh) and is a member of the British Society for Genetic Medicine, the European Society of Human Genetics, the Clinical Genetics Society and the UK Eye Genetics Group. Anne became an Authority member on 1 February 2016 and her term continues until 31 January 2019.
The Rt Reverend Dr Lee Rayfield
Lee is the Bishop of Swindon and a member of the Society of Ordained Scientists (Holy Order), a community of ordained scientists and researchers. He became an Authority member on 23 April 2012 and his term runs until 22 March 2018.
In the past, Lee was a member of the UK Gene Therapy Advisory Committee, which gives ethical approval for gene therapy clinical trials. He has published over 30 scientific papers, as well as journal articles and textbooks.
Mr Tony Rutherford
Tony is a Consultant in Reproductive Medicine and Gynaecological Surgery at the Leeds Centre for Reproductive Medicine. An Authority member since 11 November 2014, his term runs until 11 November 2017.
Tony was one of the first to introduce vaginal ultrasounds and gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist (GnRH) drugs into routine practice and has been instrumental in developing the pathways that all UK doctors use to treat fertility patients. He has published more than 90 publications and lectures across the globe.
A former Chair of the British Fertility Society, he was also a founder member of the British Society of Gynaecological Endoscopy and is a member of numerous influential committees within the sector.
Mrs Ruth Wilde
Ruth is a counsellor with over 18 years’ experience, specialising in infertility since 2002. Currently a Senior Fertility Counsellor at the Complete Fertility Centre in Southampton, Ruth has previously worked in Birmingham and London, helping NHS and private patients from diagnosis to the end of treatment and beyond. She became an Authority member on 1 January 2016 and her term continues until 31 December 2018.
Ruth has previously been a Staff Counsellor for a variety of public sector organisations and particularly enjoyed her time as counsellor for all the personnel at the Historic Royal Palaces in London. She’s a former Chair and executive member of the British Infertility Counselling Association (BICA), and she was elected to the British Fertility Society’s (BFS) Executive as Counselling Representative in 2010.
Review date: 12 December 2019