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)
Sally is Chair of the HFEA, the UK’s regulator of the fertility sector and embryo research. She has held a number of senior leadership roles across the NHS and the wider health sector, and is currently also the Chair of Health Education England (North), which is responsible for the education and training of the 350,000 health and care staff across the North of England.
Sally previously enjoyed a successful corporate career with Deloitte, one of the global professional services firms and, having moved into public sector work, is passionate about improving the quality of public services offered to patients and families across health and social care.
Ms Margaret Gilmore (Deputy Chair)
Margaret has been an Authority member since 1 April 2015 and is our Deputy Chair. Having spent 19 years as a journalist at the BBC, she continues to write, lecture and commentate on national security and communications issues part time.
Margaret is a former Senior Associate Fellow with the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI). She is an Assistant Boundary Commissioner for England and has been a board member at the Food Standards Agency.
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 2021.
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.
Emma is a Professor of Healthcare Law at Durham University. She teaches Law and Medicine and Torts and has over twenty years’ experience researching legal and ethical issues of healthcare. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Authority. Her books and articles specialise in issues of consent, capacity and compulsion.
Emma became a member of the Authority on 1 October 2018 and her term continues until 30 September 2021.
Ms Rachel Cutting
Rachel is the person responsible and Principle Embryologist of Jessop Fertility at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. She became an Authority member on 18 July 2018 and her first term runs until 17 July 2021.
Rachel has over 20 years’ experience in embryology and is a former chair of the Association of Clinical Embryologists. She helped to develop the training framework for the Reproductive Science Scientific Training Programme and has written national guidelines for oocyte freezing and elective single embryos transfer.
Rachel presents regularly at international conferences and workshops and has published papers and book chapters. She was awarded an MBE in 2015 for services to infertility.
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.
Professor Jonathan Herring
Jonathan is a Professor of Law at the University of Oxford. He became an Authority member on 18 July 2018 and his first term runs until 17 July 2021.
Jonathan teaches medical law and ethics, family law and criminal law. He has written extensively in all of these areas and published over 50 books.
He is also a qualified solicitor but has not practiced since qualification.
Mr 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 2021.
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.
Rev. Ermal Kirby
Ermal is an ordained minister of The Methodist Church. He was a member of the Authority from January 2010 to December 2011, and on his return to London after four years working in South Africa, was newly appointed for a term from 1 May 2019 to 30 April 2022.
He is currently the Superintendent Minister of the Barking Dagenham and Ilford Methodist Circuit, and an Associate of the Susanna Wesley Foundation at Roehampton University. Ermal’s interest in Bioethics began while he was on the Staff of the Council of Churches for Britain and Ireland, and developed further as Tutor in Ethics at The Queen’s Foundation in Birmingham. At Roehampton, he is working mainly on processes of transformational change in Church and Society.
Ermal was formerly the Lead Chair of the London Methodist District and Co-Chair of the Faiths Forum for London. He brings to the Authority his experience of working pastorally with people who have been affected by infertility, in London and South Africa, as well as his grounding in Theology and Ethics.
Dr Anne Lampe
Anne is a consultant in Clinical Genetics at the South East of Scotland Clinical Genetic Service in Edinburgh. She became an Authority member on 1 February 2016 and her term continues until 31 January 2019.
Anne 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.
Professor Gudrun Moore
Gudrun Moore is Professor of Clinical and Molecular Genetics at UCL’s Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health. She joined as an Authority member on 18 July 2018 and her term runs until 17 July 2021.
Gudrun's research includes the molecular genetics of major complications of pregnancy, foetal growth restriction, prematurity, pre-eclampsia, and recurrent miscarriage.
From 2009-2014, in collaboration with Professor Lesley Regan, she established the 'Baby Bio Bank', facilitating research into the main complications of pregnancy. She has an international reputation for her work in both paediatric and obstetric specialities, recognised by awards to an honorary fellowship of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and a fellowship of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
Mr Tony Rutherford
Tony is a Consultant in Reproductive Medicine and Gynaecological Surgery at Leeds Fertility. An Authority member since 11 November 2014, his term runs until 11 November 2020.
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 20 years’ experience, specialising in infertility since 2002. She became an Authority member on 1 January 2016 and her term continues until 31 December 2018.
Currently a Senior Fertility Counsellor, offering counselling across the whole of the UK by Skype, Ruth has previously worked for fertility clinics in Southampton, Birmingham and London, helping both NHS and private patients from diagnosis to the end of treatment and beyond.
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 served on the British Fertility Society’s (BFS) executive as counselling representative.
Review date: 28 March 2021