Meet our teams
Our Fertility Centre team is made up of doctors, embryologists, nurses and admin staff, all working together to help deliver the best possible Fertility care.
To find out more about each of the teams, open the tabs below:
Justin Chu is one of our Fertility Consultants here at the Birmingham Women’s Fertility Centre. He was awarded his PhD for research in 2016 from the University of Birmingham, completed his training in 2020 and was appointed as a Consultant Subspecialist in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery. Justin has particular clinical and research interests in embryo implantation, male fertility and fertility education. Justin also leads the Tommy’s Centre for Miscarriage Research based here at the Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.
Lynne Robinson is our Fertility Clinical lead and is a consultant gynaecologist and subspecialist in Reproductive medicine and Surgery. Lynne graduated from Edinburgh University and completed a MD in basic sciences related to Reproductive Medicine. She was appointed a consultant at Birmingham Women’s Hospital in 2012 and has led the Birmingham Women’s Fertility Unit since 2018. Lynne leads the Reproductive Endocrinology service and Menopause services and has a special interest in Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and Premature Ovarian Insufficiency. Her surgical interests are tubal and fibroid surgery. She has published widely and continues her academic work alongside her teaching and service development commitments.
Jackson Kirkman-Brown is an HFEA Person Responsible and Science Lead for the Fertility Centre, he is also a ‘Reader’ leading a research team in the University of Birmingham Medical School.
Jackson undertook his PhD research in the Fertility Centre and having worked in the USA returned to our team. He is known Internationally for his work on sperm biology, fertility and its relation to miscarriage.
Jackson created the UK fertility preservation pathway for servicemen with traumatic genital injuries, for which he was awarded an MBE and named Health Care Scientist of 2014 by the NHS Chief Scientific Officer.
Jackson was an Editor for the World Health Organisation manual for semen analysis; wrote the European best practice guidelines in provision of information in donation; and is the incoming Chair of ARCS, the UK professional society for Embryology and Andrology.
Yadava Jeve is an accredited subspecialist in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery. He completed his sub-speciality training from Leicester and Oxford. He was awarded PhD from the University of Warwick and MBA from the University of Leicester. His areas of interest are poor ovarian response, recurrent implantation failure, surrogacy, and reproductive endocrinology. Yadava is an excellent laparoscopic and hysteroscopic surgeon with a special interest in reproductive surgery. He has published widely and is the Deputy Clinical Director of Gynaecology.
Senior Embryologist, Qamar Walayat is a state registered Clinical Embryologist with over 10 years ART experience. Having undertaken an MSc in Clinical Embryology and completing the Scientific Training Program in Reproductive Science. Qamar is passionate about perfecting embryological techniques such as PGT embryo biopsy and ICSI. Qamar undertook his elective at one of world’s largest IVF centres allowing him to develop in-depth knowledge and skills in Embryology. Qamar coordinates the team of highly skilled and experienced embryologists who consistently deliver evidence based care with outstanding results.
Our skilled nurse-led service works together with doctors and embryologists to provide multi-disciplinary care.
Our senior nurses lead on the specialist services of egg and sperm donation as well as surrogacy. They also work with the medical team in performing embryo transfers.
The nurses will be your first port of call when beginning your care with us as they manage the consent signing appointments and guide you through your fertility treatment with injection teaching sessions and ultrasound scans. The nurses will also prepare you for egg collection and scan you during early pregnancy. The telephone advice service which includes an emergency out of hours service is also managed by the nursing team.
We have a team of experienced doctors that oversee fertility treatments here at the Birmingham Women's Fertility Centre. The team is led by Miss Lynne Robinson and includes four Consultant Gynaecologists of which three are sub-specialists trained in IVF and Reproductive Medicine. Additionally, we have two clinical research fellows and a sub-specialist trainee working towards Consultancy. The medical team offer expertise in all facets of fertility treatment including IVF, pre-implantation genetic treatment, andrology, fertility preservation, donor gamete treatment and surrogacy. The fertility consultants also are skilled in reproductive surgery.
Embryology and Andrology teams
Our Laboratories team is made up of Clinical Embryologists; Biomedical Scientists; Healthcare Science Practitioners; and Healthcare Science Assistants.
Our team of widely experienced scientists strive to ensure that all laboratory procedures relating to fertility diagnosis, treatment and fertility preservation are delivered with excellence while upholding the scientifically sound theories that underpin good clinical practice.
Our highly coordinated labs team works closely together to provide the utmost care for every individual who is treated in the Fertility Centre during this incredibly personal and sensitive time. We always aim to take the time to explain something to you if you are unsure, or put you in contact with the correct team member who can.
We have a highly experienced administrative team who know how stressful your fertility journey is and work hard to ensure that your treatment proceeds as smoothly as possible. Our receptionists will always welcome you to the Centre with a welcoming smile and will do all in their power to help with any queries that you may have.
Being diagnosed with fertility issues is one of the most distressing experiences for anyone who is planning a family. As well as shock, it may threaten hopes, dreams and how you imagined your family would be leading to anxiety and depression.
You may be trying to manage difficult emotions, which may be affecting your relationships. Whatever you are feeling, counselling provides you with an opportunity to talk openly and confidentially about your feelings in a safe place with someone who will listen and support you.
Counselling is available from the Birmingham Women’s Fertility Centre to help you with the challenges that fertility investigations and treatment can present.
Please speak to your medical team, ask at/telephone reception to arrange an appointment.