Executive committee

BICA Roles

Chairs Anne Chien Chair and Scottish Representative chair@www.bica.net

Anne lives near Dundee, Tayside. She originally trained as a nurse in 1982 and worked in a variety of specialities within the NHS. She left nursing in 2003, changing her career after completing an Msc in Counselling and Health.

She was employed as a Staff Counsellor in Occupational Health for NHS Tayside and Fife for 10 years, but also has experience as a Counsellor in GP practice and as a Student Counsellor within the University. She taught on the Post-Graduate Certificate and Diploma in Counselling at University of Abertay, Dundee for 5 years and has also worked in private practice as a Counsellor and Counselling Supervisor.

Since 2010 she has been employed as the Infertility Counsellor in the Assisted Conception Unit in Ninewells Hospital, Dundee. This is both an NHS and a private licensed clinic. She is also the Specialist Counsellor for the Scottish Molar Pregnancy Follow-up Service.

She is a Senior Accredited Member of BACP and an Accredited Member of BICA and has been on the Executive Committee as the Scottish Representative since 2013.

Tracey Chester Deputy Chair chair@www.bica.net

Tracey has worked for 29 years in the NHS as firstly a Mental Health Nurse, then counsellor within Mental Health Services, Women’s Health and Reproductive Health.

Initially working in the field of alcohol & drug misuse, managing a drug service, Tracey became involved in HIV testing & counselling and this led to her specialising in HIV in Maternity Services. Tracey’s research in this area resulted in the introduction of routine antenatal testing in the maternity setting and she is widely published on this subject, having lectured extensively both nationally & internationally. Tracey has established and managed 3 HIV services within Maternity settings at large teaching hospitals.

Subsequent to this Tracey went on to establish and manage 2 Women’s Health counselling Services within maternity and gynaecological services within 2 large London teaching Hospitals. In doing this, Tracey further specialised in trauma bereavement and loss.

In recent years Tracey has focused on the field of infertility and is currently working as the Infertility Counsellor at Kings College Hospital, London.

Honorary Treasurer Sandra Bateman treasurer@www.bica.net

Sandra has been working in the NHS since 2004. She is an Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, and also an Accredited Member of the British Infertility Counselling Association.

Sandra has a Diploma in Counselling, a Certificate in Counselling Supervision and also has a Certificate in Psychosexual and Relationship Therapy.

Sandra works in private and an NHS practice as a fertility counsellor in the Midlands. Sandra is on the executive committee as treasurer.

Honorary Secretary Caroline McLean

Caroline lives just outside East London in Essex. She has worked as a counsellor for around 18 years and has specialised in fertility counselling since 2005.

She originally worked as a volunteer on a general counselling crisis helpline and was so touched by realising that she could make a difference in people’s lives (often just by answering their telephone call) that she went on to study for her Diploma in Counselling.

She currently works as a fertility counsellor for three private clinics. One in central London and the others on the outskirts of London. She also has a small private practice in South Woodford where she sees individuals and couples for a variety of issues.

Caroline is an accredited member of both BICA and BACP and also has a Certificate in Counselling Supervision.

Membership Secretary & Publications Angela Pericleous-Smith membership@www.bica.net

Angela has worked as a Counsellor for 17 years, specialising in infertility counselling for 12 years. Previously, working with survivors of rape and abuse and as a Children’s counsellor for the NSPCC. She currently works as an infertility counsellor at the Leeds Centre of Reproductive Medicine alongside her Private Counselling and Supervision Practise in York. She is also the Clinical Lead Counsellor for the Fertility Control Unit in Leeds.

Angela is an Accredited member of BICA and serves on the executive committee as Membership Secretary and publications Officer, she is a Trainer with the BICA Training Group and is also the Deputy Chair of the BICA Accreditation Board.

Accreditation Board Chair Jim Monach accreditation@www.bica.net

Jim Monach is now a consultant in mental health based in Sheffield, after a University career in social work, mental health teaching and research. He wrote his PhD on the ‘psychosocial impact of childlessness’ published as ‘Childless No Choice’ and has published widely on both infertility issues and mental health. Jim is a past Chair of BICA and current Chair of the National Accreditation Board. Jim was asked to lead the development of the Infertility Counselling Award and the accreditation scheme for BICA some years ago and is pleased that it has now become a reality for the whole profession. He has wide interests in voluntary and community organisations as well as membership of Mental Health Tribunal and local health service governing bodies

Journal Editor Kate Brian journal@www.bica.net

Kate Brian is a former television journalist who began her career at the BBC as a news trainee and went on to work on Panorama before leaving for ITN where she spent ten years, working mainly as Home Affairs Producer for Channel Four News. Kate is the author of ‘The Complete Guide to IVF’, ‘The Complete Guide to Female Fertility’, and ‘Precious Babies’, a new book aimed at those who are pregnant or have children after infertility. Kate is a former trustee of Infertility Network UK, and worked for the charity as a regional organiser for two years. Kate now works freelance as a writer, journalist and editor. She has two children who were both IVF babies.

BICA Training Contact: training@www.bica.net

  • Janet Owen
  • Jennie Hunt
  • Angela Pericleous-Smith
  • Anne Chien
  • Gerry McCluskey
  • Suzanne Dark
  • Deborah Sloan

Online Coordinator Tracey Sainsbury website@www.bica.net

Tracey has stepped down from the Executive Committee but will remain as Online Coordinator looking after the website and social networks. Tracey sits on the National Donation Strategy Group and the HFEA Expert Group for Website & Publishing and until recently was a member of the National Infertility Awareness Campaign now Fertility Fairness.