Andy Glew and Sarah Walt are the directors and founders of Simply Fertility.  They are both Clinical Embryologists with over 55 years of experience between them.  They each have experience in setting up and running successful fertility centres and bring a commitment to ensuring that every person walking through the doors receives an excellent standard or care and understanding.

Andy and Sarah have hand picked a team of highly qualified doctors, nurses, scientists and support staff to help you navigate what can be a confusing and emotional time in your life.

Here are the profiles of some people you might meet.

You can read our staff stories here.


Andy Glew - Laboratory Director

Andy Glew

Andy Glew has a passion for embryology. He has been an embryologist since 1987.

His vast experience has earned him both national and international acclaim. He has developed other fertility services on a business and managerial level and is highly thought of in the field.

“It is my goal to make Simply Fertility a centre of excellence, offering a bespoke approach to treatment, with a focus on delivering high success rates and excellent patient satisfaction”

Sarah Walt - Centre Manager-Director


Sarah Walt has over 20 years’ experience in Clinical Embryology and is a state registered clinical scientist. 

She has set up and managed IVF laboratories throughout Essex and spent time assisting the development of a unit in Australia.

“I feel proud to be a co-founder of Simply Fertility. We believe that direct contact with our scientific team will give you the support and advice you need. We offer a unique hand holding service and we will be with you every step of the way”


Mr Subrata Gangooly - Medical Director

Dr Gangooly

Subrata graduated from medical school in 1995 and obtained the MRCOG in 2002 followed by a Master Degree in Medical Education.

His fertility experience was obtained from St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London and continues with his current post as Fertility Specialist at the Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford. Subrata has specialised in the treatment of couples with subfertility and women with menstrual disorders and general gynaecological conditions.

“As a Consultant Fertility Specialist, I am delighted to be working with such a highly experienced and enthusiastic team, their support provides an excellent platform in which we can quickly and efficiently assess your fertility needs and treat with you with the most appropriate and effective treatment.”

Mr Mohamed Mohamed - Senior Fertility Specialist / Consultant Gynaecologist


With almost 20 years’ experience, Dr Mohamed has worked both nationally and internationally to help couples realise their dream of starting a family.

He developed his PhD in endometriosis and infertility at The Royal Free Hospital, before joining Bart’s and the London’s Reproductive unit.

“As a senior fertility specialist and Consultant Gynaecologist, I work across all aspects of fertility treatment and specialise in advanced reproductive age, recurrent implantation failure, reproductive immunology, preimplantation genetic screening, endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome and male fertility.”

Garima Srivastava MD MRCOG - Consultant Fertility Specialist


Garima is a consultant gynaecologist with 17 years of experience in obstetrics and gynaecology. Garima is currently Consultant at the Homerton IVF centre in the East of London.

She chose to work in assisted conception because of her passion and desire to help people wanting to have a baby.

She is well trained to deal with all aspects of fertility problems as PCO, tubal factor, unexplained, endometriosis ,male factor and same sex couples.

Also at Homerton, she specifically looks after cancer patients seeking egg/ embryo preservation along with onco-fertility team.

“I have a very keen interest in the patient experience and quality of care provided to our couples at the centre and enjoy working very closely our team to deliver the highest levels of care to all our patients.”

We are delighted to offer consultations with Dr Srivastava at both our Romford and Chelmsford facilities.


Elena Gismano - Laboratory Manager

A Picture of Elena Gismano, Deputy Lab Manager

Elena trained as a Clinical Embryologist in San Raffaele Hospital in Milan, when she still occasionally returns but now as a guest lecturer. She moved to the UK in 2012 and has worked in several fertility units in the NHS and in the private sector.

She is registered with HCPC, the Health and Care Professions Council, is a memebr of ACE, The Association of Clinical Embryologists, IBMS, the Institute of Biomedical Science and ESHRE, the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology, who has also certified Elena as a Senior Clinical Embryologist.

Elena is fully skilled in all laboratory procedures relevant for a fertility centre and also continues to pursue her research interest for which she has several publications to her name.

Eleanor Bates - IVF Practitioner (Embryologist)


Eleanor has previous experience working at the Assisted Reproduction and Gynaecology Centre (ARGC) where she was a patient co-ordinator. 

Her dissertation during her Masters Degree was focused on sperm morphology.

“I love working in a setting that’s constantly evolving as we introduce cutting edge technology. It’s a privilege to assist the embryologists to ensure we give all of our patients the very best chance of success and as positive an experience as possible.”

Nicola Townsend - Clinical Embryologist

Nicola has a degree in Medical Science and started her career in
Embryology in
2003 at the Homerton hospital.

Nicola achieved her ACE certificate in 2005 and gained state registration as a
Clinical Scientist in 2008.  She joined the Essex Fertility Centre in 2006 prior to
successfully managing the Laboratory team at Herts and Essex Fertility Centre
from 2011 to 2017.  Nicola has had a central role in training as an external
assessor for the ACE certificate and as a supervisor for trainee embryologists andtechnicians.  She is also a member of the Institute of
Biomedical Scientists.

‘It has been fantastic to join such a friendly and professional team at Simply Fertility who are committed to providing a high level of patient focused care.’

Patient Support Team

Nicole Sandford - Patient Support Team Leader


Nicole joined Simply Fertility’s administration team in December 2016.

She has previously worked in other private hospitals but this is her first role within a fertility unit. She is dedicated to providing a first class service to all patients that visit Simply Fertility.

“I feel very privileged to work alongside a great team and will always strive to help our patients wherever possible.”

Sharon Paddon - Patient Support Executive

Sharon Paddon new

Sharon has worked at Simply Fertility since 2016.

Sharon is always on hand to help ensure patients’ needs are met and everything runs smoothly and efficiently. Prior to joining Simply Fertility, Sharon worked at Barclays Bank in various roles before becoming Finance Officer at a primary school for eight years.

“I love it here! It is a great place to work and I love to see the patients come back and visit us with their babies when their journey with us is complete.”

Ria Webb - Patient Support Associate


Ria joined the Simply Fertility team in March 2017, shortly before the opening of the new state-of-the-art clinic, and has loved every minute so far!

Having previously worked in a customer service role for seven years, Ria provides all-round administrative support and first class organisational skills.

“I love my job and enjoy working as part of a small team, where everyone looks after one another.  I’m fairly good at recognising a face, and I love getting to know patients and helping them throughout their journey.”

Nicki Robinson - Patient support associate


Lucy Seymour - Quality Manager


Lucy has been working as a quality manager in fertility for three years now and recently joined the Simply Fertility team in August 2017.

Lucy’s experience and knowledge allows her to make sure statutory regulations are met, ensuring our patients get the best possible care.

“I feel it is my responsibility to ensure the unit not only complies with all the statutory regulations and protocols, but also strive to deliver the highest standard of quality care to all our patients. By working together as a strong and passionate team I know this is achievable.”


Caroline Mclean - Counsellor


Caroline is an experienced counsellor having been qualified for over 20 years. In the last 11 years a majority of her work has been in the specialist area of fertility, counselling patients before during and after treatment.

Caroline an accredited member of BACP (British association of counselling and psychotherapy) and with BICA (British infertility counselling association). Caroline has worked with a range of issues such as anxiety, bereavement, loss and relationship issues.

“I have been with Simply Fertility since its conception in 2013 and am delighted to be the clinic counsellor. I am very enthusiastic about my work and committed to ensuring that my clients have access to the emotional support they need. At Simply Fertility I know that I am part of a very professional and dedicated team that value all of their patients and staff.”

Nursing team

Annette Bolton - Fertility Nurse Assistant / Ultrasonographer


Annette Bolton is a Fertility Nurse Assistant and Ultrasonographer at Simply Fertility.  She has six years’ experience in this role and gained her fertility ultrasound qualification in 2013.

A committed member of the nursing staff, Annette thrives on being part of a dedicated team where everyone works together to care for and support patients.

“I am very passionate about my job and I feel extremely privileged to be involved with couples undergoing fertility treatment.  It’s extremely rewarding to see the joy of couples becoming parents.”

Baby Thankachan - Fertility Nurse Co ordinator

Baby Thanachan

Baby has more than 20 years of experience as a nurse working in theatre and as a gynaecology nurse specialist.

She joined the nursing team in November 2016, working with patients and supporting them throughout their journey at Simply Fertility.

“My job is extremely rewarding and I enjoy working with such an experienced team. I am appropriately named Baby for the joy I help to bring in people’s lives.”

Carina Wilks - Fertility Nurse


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