Staff News

Fond Farewells to Judith and Jo

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Judith Baron
Jo Johnson
Jo Johnson

Judith Baron said a final farewell to MFS when she left her role as an independent counsellor in April. As one of the original founders of MFS, Judith has been part of the fabric of the unit since 1987 leading the counselling services until 2010 and from 2000 to 2010 as non-executive chair of the Board of Directors. During that time, thousands of patients have benefited from her listening skills and wisdom to ease their fertility journeys. We wish her a very happy and long retirement.

And laboratory director Su Barlow says au revoir to laboratory manager, Jo Johnson who left in early May. “We said a fond, but certainly not final, farewell to laboratory manager Jo Johnson after more than seven years of managing both the embryology and semenology laboratories. Jo’s larger than life personality and wonderful organisational abilities will be sadly missed by all the staff. As she will still be working in the field of embryology, we may see her back again from time to time as a locum during holidays and busy periods. I would like to wish Jo the very best of luck in her future plans and thank her for her contribution and dedication to MFS over the years.”

New Face on Reception

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Audrey Wilks

Visitors and callers to the unit may have been greeted by new receptionist Audrey Wilks. Audrey joined MFS in 2012 originally as a housekeeper and in addition to her new receptionist role she is also the andrology contracts administrator, processing all the appointments and reports for the semen analysis contracts, including Stoke on Trent, South Staffordshire and BPAS (British Pregnancy Advisory Service).

Andrology Qualification for Valerie

Congratulations to MFS semenologist Valerie Fraser who has achieved the second module, Semen Preparation, as part of the Certificate in Laboratory Andrology, from the Association of Biomedical Andrology (ABA).

Valerie Fraser
Valerie Fraser

Lady Linda Becomes a Broad

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Linda Clarke

After just 16 years of un-wedded bliss, secretary/receptionist Linda Clarke and her partner Ian Broad got engaged, following a New Year’s Eve proposal, and will marry in May. Congratulations to them both!

Clare is one Tough Mudder

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Clinical embryologist Clare Wilson is swapping the rarified environment of the MFS laboratories for the fire, ice and electric-shocks of the Tough Mudder Challenge – and all for fun!. In a team of six, she’ll tackle 12 miles of gruelling hill climbs and obstacles, including hire-pressure hoses, hanging ropes suspended over ice cold water, and the Boa Constrictor tunnels, flooded with freezing muddy water – all part of the course designed by military special forces. Dressed as Wonder Woman, she and the rest of her Super Heroes Team will stick together throughout the endurance experience – to be greeted at the finish line with a pint of something refreshing and the much-coveted Tough Mudder orange headband. Clare will be fund-raising for Acorns Children Hospice – contact her by email if you would like to sponsor her through this amazing challenge.

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Clare Wilson

Race for Life

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Anna Kavanagh
Anna Kavanagh

Director of quality and business Anna Kavanagh and HR and quality manager Fiona Park will be running the Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life at Stafford County Showground on 9 July 2013. After taking up running earlier this year, they’re rising to the 5km challenge to maintain their fitness and to raise funds along the way. To support their challenge, please email Fiona with details of your sponsorship.

Fiona Park
Fiona Park