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Genetic Counsellor staff profiles

Barbara Stayner BSc (Hons) MSc

GCRB Registered 176

Lead Genetic Counsellor

  • BSc Biology (Honours), University of Winnipeg
  • MSc Genetic Counselling, University of Manchester

Barbara joined the team in 2002, and specialises in hereditary cancer. She currently provides clinics in the Oxford and Windsor region.

Gael Bretz BSc MSc

Principal Genetic Counsellor

Sarah Durell MA MSc

GCRB Registered 113

Principal Genetic Counsellor (Northampton)

Specialties: Cancer Genetics; General Genetics

  • Undergraduate Genetics degree, Cambridge
  • MSc Genetic Counselling, Manchester

Sarah covers the Northamptonshire region, providing clinics in cancer genetics, general and prenatal genetics.

Jessica Myring MSc

GCRB Registered 309

Principal Genetic Counsellor

Speciality: Clinical Genetics

  • BSc Molecular Biology University of Newcastle
  • PhD Molecular Genetics University of Edinburgh
  • MSc Genetic Counselling University of Manchester

Jess Myring's case load includes prenatal, general and cancer genetics cases and she specialises in disorders of sex development and neurological conditions.

Peter Risby RN MSc

NMC Registered

Principal Cancer Genetics Counsellor

Specialty: Cancer Genetics

  • MSc Cancer Studies, Oxford

Peter Risby holds regular clinics in the Oxford and Banbury. Peter has a special interest in bowel cancer, especially related to predisposition syndromes such as Lynch syndrome and familial polyposis.

Subhashini Balasingham MRes BSc (Hons) MSc

Specialties: MDT Marfan Clinic

Areas covered: Oxford, Swindon, Maidenhead

Elaine Butler RN BSc MSc

NMC Registered

Areas covered: Oxford, Thame, Aylesbury

Lyndon Gallacher BSc (Hons) MGenCouns

Specialties: Clinical Genetics, VHL Clinic

Areas covered: Oxford, Milton Keynes, Northampton, Kettering

  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), The University of Melbourne
  • Master of Genetic Counselling, The University of Melbourne

Lyndon Gallacher has a special interest in helping families manage the complex psychological impact of a genetic condition, and promoting psychological management in Clinical Genetics.

Gill Higgs BA BSc PGCert RN

NMC Registered

Cancer Genetics Triage Nurse

Lucinda Hordley MSc (Northampton)

Specialties: General Genetics; Cancer Genetics

  • BSc (Hons) Forensic Science, University of Glamorgan
  • MSc (Hons) Genetic Counselling, University of Manchester

Lucinda Hordley has regular clinics at both Northampton General and Kettering General Hospitals. Lucinda offers clinics in general genetics, cancer genetics, and prenatal genetics.

Kathryn Hill RN BSc (Hons) GradDip

GCRB Registered 331

NMC Registered

Specialty: Clinical Genetics

  • BSc (Hons) Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Nottingham
  • Graduate Diploma in Nursing (Child), Birmingham City University

Kathryn Hill has a particular interest in working with families who are making decisions during pregnancy.

Sian Jenkins BSc (Hons) MSc

Ophthalmology Genetic Counsellor

  • BSc Microbiology, Cardiff University 2010
  • MSc Genetic Counselling, Cardiff University 2013

Sian Jenkins is based at the Oxford Eye Hospital, John Radcliffe Hospital.

Jo Lowndes BSc (Hons) MSc

Specialties: Mitochondrial Genetics, Eye Genetics

Areas covered: Oxford, High Wycombe (Cancer Genetics)

  • Undergraduate degree (BSc Hons 1st Class) in Applied Biology – Molecular Biology, from The University of Hertfordshire, in 1997.
  • Postgraduate degree (MSc) in Genetic Counselling from Manchester University, in 2004.
  • Certificate in Counselling (Person Centered & Psychodynamic Counselling training), from The University of Hertfordshire, in 2001.
  • Eye Clinic Support Studies Course, from City University, London & RNIB, on 2004.

Jo Lowndes specialises in working with patients and families with mitochondrial and genetic eye conditions and also sees patients with a wide range of genetic conditions, including hereditary cancers. She is part of the Oxford Genomic Medicine Centre team helping to run the 100,000 Genomes Project in our region.

Anita Matadeen BSc (Hons) MSc

GCRB Registered 289

Genetic counsellor

Specialty: Clinical Genetics, General and Cancer

  • MSc in Genetic Counselling, 2009

Anita is a keen advocate of genetics education for the general public and allied specialties. She holds a position on the UKGTN Genetic Test Evaluation Working Group.

Anna Michell

GCRB Registered 317

Cardiology Genetic Counsellor

Specialty: Inherited Cardiac Conditions

  • MA in Natural Sciences (Genetics) at University of Cambridge
  • DPhil in the genetic causes of congenital heart disease at University of Oxford
  • MSc in Genetic Counselling at Cardiff University

Anna works as a specialist Genetic Counsellor in the Inherited Cardiac Conditions clinic -

Ruth Robertson BSc (Hons) MSc

GCRB Registered 200

Areas covered: Reading and Heatherwood Clinics

  • MSc Genetic Counselling, Manchester
  • Training Officer for Genomic Counselling STP (Scientist Training Programme)

Nandini Somanathan MGenCouns BSc MSc

Specialties: Cancer Genetics, Neurofibromatosis Type 1 (NF1)

Areas covered: Oxford, Wantage

Sally North BSc Hons (STP Trainee Genetic Counsellor)

Julie Phipps RN MSc

NMC Registered

Research Genetic Counsellor and Genetics Research Team Lead

  • Registered Nurse 1984
  • MSc Contemporary Healthcare Genetics and Counselling - pending dissertation marks 2016
  • Membership of British Society for Human Genetics (BSHG) and Association of Genetic Nurses and Counsellors (AGNC), membership number 3347, April 2012
  • Member of Cleft and Craniofacial Anomalies Clinical Studies Group from Sept 2011

Julie has worked in clinical genetics in genetic research since 2010 and has been the lead of the team since January 2015.