The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust is indebted to its highly committed trustees, medical advisers, staff members, volunteers and fundraisers and Friends, each of whom devotes their precious time and energy in furthering the EPT’s aims and services.
We are a small, niche UK-based charity and are proud to have extensive reach. We are fortunate to have support and guidance from world-class health care professionals as our medical advisers and trustees. Our staff team members are driven to help others through their own experiences and truly empathise with our service users since many have experienced pregnancy loss and difficulties of their own. We simply could not provide the support to countless women, their families and healthcare professionals without the assistance of our amazing volunteers and passionate fundraisers. Thank you to each and every person who so generously contributes to the EPT’s cause.
Alex Peace-Gadsby — Chair
Alex’s role involves providing leadership and direction to the board of trustees with the aim of enabling them to fulfil their responsibilities for the overall governance and strategic direction of the EPT. She works seamlessly with the director, treasurer and other staff members to help them achieve the aims of the EPT and optimise the relationship between trustees and staff. Alex is also a trustee. Alex has experienced both ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage and is motivated to continue to improve diagnoses and care for patients.
Alex holds a first degree in Business Information Systems and a Masters degree in Strategic Management from the University of Nottingham, plus professional qualifications that include a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing with the Chartered Institute of Marketing and Advanced Copywriting with the Institute of Direct Marketing. She has worked with large and small organisations, heading marketing and sales teams in large corporations that service high profile blue chips, worked as a consultant with small businesses on their business and marketing plans, and is currently a Director of the royal warranted, sailing and outdoor clothing brand Musto as well as a professional private investor.
Alex is a prolific volunteer who rolls up her sleeves and gets ‘hands on’ with the EPT. She sits on the Executive Committee of the Association of Early Pregnancy Units and represents the patients’ voice in a variety of medical studies on ectopic pregnancy. Alex is also a school governor, has been co-opted on to a working party at her local council, and has volunteered as a Beaver Scout and Scout Leader for over 10 years, also sitting on the County Executive Committee.
Chris Woodward — Treasurer
Chris oversees the financial affairs of the EPT and is also one of its trustees. Chris has wide financial experience working within organisations such as the Inland Revenue and utilities companies and is a chartered director with the Institute of Directors. He is currently Director of the UK offices of the Louvre Group, a global fiduciary and fund operation with additional responsibilities for the Group’s Business Development.
Munira Oza — Director
Munira coordinates the day-to-day running of the Trust. Her main role involves leading and managing the team and is the main point of contact for staff and volunteers. Together with the team, Munira explores, develops and implements the EPT’s strategic and operational plans. She is passionate about supporting women and strives to increase awareness about this devastating experience.
Munira has experienced both ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage and extensively used the EPT’s services during her own recovery. This resulted in her vowing to help the Trust in the future and her initial role involved assisting with the Trust’s front-line services. As well as her daily management role, Munira continues to dedicate considerable time to supporting women and their families through the Trust’s services.
Munira holds a law degree from University College, University of London and practised as a solicitor specialising in Corporate Finance at a top City law firm for ten years where she led and managed high-profile financial transactions. She has volunteered for various organisations since Sixth Form ranging from supporting primary school children with their literacy skills to more recently mentoring girls from under-privileged backgrounds to help them realise their potential. Munira’s past experience also includes working in local government and managing an out-patient hospital clinic, as well as being a contributor and editor of an in-house legal magazine and a youth sexual health adviser.
Jill Ansell — Fundraising Coordinator
Jill guides and coordinates the EPT’s third party fundraisers, including our annual team of Virgin London Marathon runners. She engages with each fundraiser with a personal touch, providing a bespoke fundraising pack, complimentary t-shirt and regular communication usually by email. Jill has a wealth of information to help and is always on hand to answer questions.
Jill has experienced ectopic pregnancy and historically used the EPT’s website and helpline support. As a result, she sought to help the Trust and has herself participated in fundraising by taking part in three 5k runs as well as a 10k run. Jill values her fundraising activities for the Trust for assisting her recovery process. As many fundraisers also say, Jill found that the training and her achievement gave her renewed focus and determination.
Sonal Colvin — Membership Secretary
Sonal is the key contact for Friends of the EPT. As well as handling membership requests, she keeps the Friends membership base informed of news and forthcoming events. Sonal is also responsible for the EPT’s on-line shop and, working with the wider team, selects and designs our merchandise and fulfils orders. From an accounting background, she is now training to qualify as a midwife. Sonal has experienced an ectopic pregnancy and used the Trust’s services and understands the challenges faced by women in recovering from the ordeal.
Sam Page — Hospital Leaflet and Membership Coordinator
Sam engages with hospitals across the country to distribute the EPT’s suite of leaflets to those affected by ectopic pregnancy. These leaflets provide medically-reviewed information for patients and can be the first step for getting the post-operative emotional support that they need at such a vulnerable time.
Sam also works within finance for local government, helping young people who have suffered trauma, supporting them to develop their emotional resilience in life. She also volunteers with her local guide group.
Jason King — Website Designer
Jason designed and maintains the EPT’s website. Trained as a librarian, these days he builds websites for non-profit organisations. He has worked in the non-profit sector for over 20 years and managed projects in West London and Victoria, Australia to help small non-profit organisations optimise their use of technology. Jason is an organiser for NetSquared London, putting on monthly talks about technology for social good.
Julie Price, MB BS FRCOG – Trustee
Julie is a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at the Portland Hospital for Women and Children and has been working at the hospital for 21 years. She also consults at The Cromwell Hospital and has recently been an honourary consultant in the Early Pregnancy and Gynaecology Scanning Unit at Kings College Hospital.
Julie was one the founders of the EPT, which was launched at Hillingdon Hospital, where Julie was the lead Consultant Gynaecologist until she retired from her NHS post. She has remained as a Trustee and Medical Advisor to the EPT since the charity was established.
Professor Tom Bourne, MB.BS, PhD, FRCOG – Trustee
Tom is Adjunct Professor at Imperial College London, and Consultant Gynaecologist at Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital, London. He is also visiting Professor at KU Leuven, Belgium. He has extensive clinical and research experience in early pregnancy care as well as gynaecological ultrasound.
Tom has edited six books, published over 230 academic papers and has a H-index of 51. In addition to being a Trustee of the Ectopic Pregnancy Trust, he is a Specialist Advisor to NICE, sits on the board of the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (ISUOG), is a member of the medical research council (MRC) panel of experts, and sits on the steering committee of the International Ovarian Tumor Analysis (IOTA) and the International Pregnancy of Unknown Location Analysis (IPULA) trials. In 2012, he sat on the Society of Radiologist in Ultrasound (SRU) expert panel to define safe guidelines for the diagnosis of miscarriage in the United States.
Caroline Foster MSc CIPD – Trustee
Caroline has more than twenty years’ experience working as a senior Human Resources professional across a broad industrial sector background including retail, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, leisure gaming, high-tech engineering and professional services. Over the last ten years, Caroline has worked on a number of global projects across EMEIA, Americas and the Asia Pacific regions.
Operating as a generalist practitioner, Caroline has developed expertise in strategic human resources, business transformation and large scale global change. She has five years’ main board experience in highly regulated complex business environments.
In 2009, Caroline set up her own consultancy practice, working with FTSE 100 clients on a number of strategic assignments. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel, a Member of the Institute of Directors and British Psychological Society and holds a Master of Science in People and Organisational Development. She holds a Trustee role with the Learning Enterprise Organisation as well as the EPT.
Professor Andrew Horne PhD MRCOG DFSRH – Trustee
Andrew is Senior Clinical Lecturer and Consultant Gynaecologist at the MRC Centre for Reproductive Heath in Edinburgh. He is an MRC-funded Clinician Scientist with a research interest in Fallopian tube, endometrial and peritoneal biology and has led widely published research into new methods of treating ectopic pregnancy and possible causes of the condition, as well as studies into conditions like endometriosis.
His aim is to further understanding of the causes of ectopic pregnancy, develop a blood test to better diagnose the condition, and investigate novel methods for imaging and treating ectopic pregnancy.
Miss Suzanne Hollamby MB.BS MRCOG CCST – Trustee
Suzie is a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at West Middlesex University Hospital and the lead for Acute Gynaecology and the Early Pregnancy Unit. She is also Divisional Director for Women and Children’s Services and trains Registrars for their specialist skill modules in ultrasound.
Suzie also sits on the Executive Committee of the Association of Early Pregnancy Units.
These are the Trust’s medical advisers:
- Cecilia Bottomley BSc MRCOG: Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Chelsea and Westminster NHS Trust – London.
- Fiona Bottomley: Superintendant Sonographer, Ultrasound Department, Hillingdon Hospital, Middlesex.
- Professor Tom Bourne MB.BS, Ph.D, FRCOG: Consultant Gynaecologist: Imperial College London: University Hospital Gasthuisberg, KU Leuven, Belgium.
- Jan Brosens Ph.D: Head of Reproductive Health, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Warwick, and Honorary Consultant, University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire NHS trust
- Janine Elson MD FRCOG: Consultant Gynaecologist and Subspecialist in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery, CARE Nottingham.
- Andrew Horne Ph.D MRCOG: Senior Lecturer and Consultant Gynaecologist, University of Edinburgh
- Suzanne Hollamby MB.BS MRCOG CCST: Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at West Middlesex University Hospital
- Davor Jurkovic Ph.D MD MRCOG: Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, University College London Hospitals.
- Emma Kirk BSc, MD, MRCOG: Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, North Middlesex Hospital, London.
- Marjory MacLean: Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist at NHS Ayrshire and Arran.
- Julie Price MB.BS FRCOG: Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, The Portland Hospital.
- Professor Siobhan Quenby: Professor of Obstetrics, University of Warwick and Honorary Consultant at University Hospital Coventry.
- Jackie Ross BSc MB.BS MRCOG: Consultant, Early Pregnancy Medicine/Gynaecology, Kings College Hospital – London.
- Nick Raine-Fenning MRCOG MBChB PhD: Consultant Gynaecologist and Reader / Associate Professor of Reproductive Medicine and Surgery at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham, UK.
- Dirk Timmerman MD PhD: Professor in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at KU Leuven and clinical head of benign gynaecology and gynaecological ultrasound at the University Hospitals Leuven, Belgium.
The team is supported by dedicated volunteers:
- Our forum moderators
- Our project support team
Until the launch of The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust in 1998, there was no body in the UK which focused exclusively on this relatively common condition. The founders of the Trust were:
- Tina Jones (Director, 1998-2005)
- Jane Griffiths, MP (1998-2005)
- Ruth and John Winter (1998 – 2001), the parents of Sophie Winter (who died in 1995 from a misdiagnosed ectopic pregnancy)
- Peter Burridge (deceased) (1998 – 2001), Consultant anaesthetist in Rochdale and Oldham
- Professor James Walker, MD FRCP (Glasgow) FRCP (Edinburgh) FRCOG FRSM, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at St. James University Hospital, Leeds, (President from 1998 to 2006 and Professor Walker remains a medical adviser)
- Julie Price MB BS FRCOG, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, The Portland Hospital, London (Julie remains a trustee and medical adviser)