Dr Sue Avery
Dr Sue Avery is a Trustee at the Progress Educational Trust (PET) and is Director of the Birmingham Women's Fertility Centre based at Birmingham Women's Heathcare Trust. An embryologist by training, she has been involved in reproductive science for 35 years, and she was previously Scientific Director of Bourn Hall Clinic and Chair of the Association of Clinical Embryologists. She was the first clinical embryologist to serve as a member of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), having previously served as an HFEA Inspector, and she was one of the first clinical embryologists to be made a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists. She was a member of the British Fertility Society's Executive Committee for more than a decade.
Sue has also been a trustee of Infertility Network UK (now Fertility Network UK) and a Member of the Medical Research Council's UK Stem Cell Bank Steering Committee, and has advised Health Canada on the risks of assisted conception in relation to the drafting of legislation. She originally studied Zoology at the University College of North Wales (now Bangor University), and went on to obtain a Postgraduate Diploma in Law from De Montfort University and a PhD from King's College London. Her PhD thesis on sperm physiology and fertilisation was supervised by Professor Sir Robert Edwards, a pioneer of in vitro fertilisation who went on to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. In Birmingham in 2015, Sue gave the inaugural Professor Sir Robert Edwards Memorial Lecture, Standing on the Shoulders of Giants.