The Wales Fertility Institute is the only NHS funded service covering South and West Wales.  Being part of one of the largest NHS Health Boards, Swansea Bay University Health Board, WFI uses an unique approach to fertility treatments where the priority of the service is the quality and safety of the care provided to our patients.  WFI utilise the stringent NHS governance processes to ensure that all aspects of care provided to our patients are undertaken in line with NHS requirements.  The Senior Management Team are made up of:

 

Adel Davies - Head of Service

My name is Adel Davies and I am the Head of Service for Wales Fertility Institute.

I joined Swansea Bay Health Board in 2005. Over the last 16 years I am proud to have progressed my career to my current role as the Head of Service for the Wales Fertility Institute.

As a frontline NHS manager I have worked and led in acute Secondary Care Hospitals as well as Primary and Community services.

Previously to joining the NHS I was a Regional Manager Coach for Peacocks stores and worked in stores covering the breadth of South West Wales.

My passion has always been in improving services so that they delivery high quality, safe, efficient and effective care for the users. As well as improving services I also continually look to develop as an individual and actively engage in relevant training opportunities to stay up to date with all relevant learning and development opportunities. I encourage my team to also invest in their own personal development so that we create an upwardly mobile workforce increasing productivity to maximise the value of employees within our Health Board.

Outside of work I live in West Wales with my family. We live in the country where our horses, sheep and dogs keep us busy. We have kept and loved animals all our lives and am proud to have competed successfully at the Royal Welsh and Horse of the Year Show with our Welsh Cobs. As a family we also spend a great deal of time together enjoying the beach and countryside around us.

I see my positon as a Senior Leader within the Health Board as a privilege. I work with passionate, driven teams of individuals from multi-disciplinary backgrounds that dedicate themselves to the values of the Heath Board.

As the Head of Service for Wales Fertility Institute I am committed in ensuring Patient Care is at the heart of all we do.

 

Rachel Griffiths - Deputy Head of Service

My name is Rachel Griffiths, and I am Deputy Head of service for the Wales Fertility Institute

I first joined the NHS in 2003, working at the Princess of Wales hospital in Bridgend, and undertook opportunities to progress my career as a front line service manager within acute secondary care.

Prior to joining the Wales fertility team, I worked alongside the health board Gynaecology teams as an experienced service manager to deliver local and tertiary services to our users. I have a passion for service improvement and a broad knowledge base of Womens health services.

During my career, I have also spent a valuable amount of time working with the planning and strategy team at Trust Headquarters, surgical services at Singleton and Morriston Hospitals, along with the Womens health and paediatric services across Singleton, Morriston, Neath and Princess of Wales sites.

My passion has always been within Womens Health services in which I have spent a large proportion of career supporting and developing, so am delighted to be a part of the team here in Wales to deliver our fertility services.

I have always felt extremely privileged to work within the NHS and consistently strive to support our services in delivering high quality and safe patient care.

I am proud to be a part of a committed, passionate and caring team at the Wales Fertility Institute. The team have a wealth of knowledge and are focused on delivering the highest quality care whilst ensuring we work with our service users to consistently improve and enhance our pathways. 

 

Dr Paul Knaggs – HFEA Person Responsible, Consultant Embryologist

 

Dr Arianna D'Angelo - Clinical Lead Reproductive Medicine

I work as Clinical Lead in Reproductive Medicine at Wales Fertility Institute and as Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Cardiff University. I am Past Director of the postgraduate teaching Diploma/Master in Ultrasound at Cardiff University. I have over 20 years’ experience in Assisted Reproduction and Ultrasound.

Scientific Commitments:

I am the current UK Clinician National Representative (CNR) for the European Society of Human Reproduction & Embryology (ESHRE), I am member of the ESHRE Ethics Committee, Past Coordinator of the ESHRE Special Interest Group (SIG) in Safety and Quality in ART (SQART). I am member, reviewer, co-reviewer and translator of the Cochrane Gynaecology and Fertility Group. I am member of Guidelines development group (GDG) on ESHRE guidelines on Fertility preservation, Ultrasound and Key performance indicators. I am Editor for the European Medical Journal (EMJ) and Editor/Author for CRC press.

Research interests:

Ultrasound (diagnostic and interventional), Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS), fertility preservation for cancer and gender reassignment patients, recurrent implantation failure, markers of ovarian reserve and ovarian cancer screening. I am author of several international publications; speaker at national and international conferences/webinars and peer-reviewer for many journals in the field of reproductive medicine and ultrasound.

Education and training:

I have organised several training campus courses and workshops during the time spent within the ESHRE SIG SQART and have released several papers including the newly published guidelines on Fertility preservation.

 

Julia Bradley – Lead Fertility Nurse/Matron

I have recently re-located to Wales from Buckinghamshire, England, as I wanted to come back to Wales having been born in Cardiff.  I have been a nurse for over 30 yrs, with over 20 yrs experience in women’s reproductive health, gynaecology, sexual health and contraception.  Most recently I was a fertility nurse specialist at Luton & Dunstable hospital’s NHS  fertility unit, which was a satellite unit for Bourn Hall clinic in Cambridge.  During Covid re-deployment I went back to my roots in the hospital’s early pregnancy unit, as their nurse sonographer.  For the last 7 months I had been working for Hywel Dda UHB as the emergency gynae/early pregnancy nurse specialist, whilst also monitoring and sorting fertility referrals/consultations for the UHB patients, that had sadly been on the waiting list for over 2 yrs.  This made me realise how much I miss fertility patients and when I saw the role of matron here at WFI I knew it would be a great move, just as the move to Wales has been.  I am a passionate advocate for women’s reproductive health in all its aspects  but particularly sub-fertility and gynae issues.  I am looking forward to continuing to innovate and drive forward the fertility agenda here at Swansea Bay UHB with WFI.  I look forward to meeting and working with new colleagues and teams.

 

Stephanie Herring – Quality Manager

Stephanie has worked within the IVF sector since joining the NHS fertility service in 1994.  She is a successful senior governance professional and with her drive to ensure a quality service Stephanie has continually worked within the service to ensure that a patient focused, quality service is offered to all patients accessing the Wales Fertility Institute.  Stephanie’s passion is quality and she has a never ending belief that there should be continuous service evaluation and improvement to ensure that our patients are cared for in a caring and safe environment.  She continues to share the belief that there is always room for improvement and that there is always the opportunity to learn.  She has successfully achieved ISO accreditation for both the quality management system and the diagnostic andrology laboratory service within WFI and continues to ensure there is  structured process to ensure robust quality assurance, compliance and risk management frameworks to achieve external quality certification and legal and regulatory organisational compliance.

 

Nicola Watts – Service Support Manager

I joined WFI as our Service Administrator in October 2018.  My role is to provide senior administrative support to the management team.  I have a dedicated and professional demean and ensure that the required administrative duties are undertaken in line with service requirements.  My friendly and welcoming approach to dealing with patient queries and other aspects of their care ensures that patients are provided with the optimum experience. 

Since joining the NHS in 2018 I have built up a great knowledge base of WFI and service user requirements and this is displayed in my caring and nurturing contribution to the service.