Who Are DC Network?

The Network is a membership association and a charity registered by the Charity Commission in England and Wales – charity number 1041297.

We are governed by a group of trustees formally elected annually at the AGM.

Current trustees

Sue Dean (Chair)
Spencer Fox
Rachel Gundesen
Linzi Bull
Emily Kippax
Ros Wall
Tom Amies-Cull

Caroline Gibbons attends trustee meetings as non-voting participant.

The Network is run from our office at 154 Caledonian Road, London N1 9RD by:

Nina Barnsley: Director
Email address enquiries@dcnetwork.org

Phone number  020 7278 2608

Office hours:  During school term time the office is staffed Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4pm.  There may well be staff present outside of these times.  Emails and phone messages are retrieved remotely outside of office hours and we aim to respond promptly.

We are financed by subscriptions and donations from members; and from the sale of publications and other resources. We occasionally receive grants from public or charitable bodies.

DC Network Professional External Advisors

Sharon Pettle
Sharon is a consultant clinical psychologist and family therapist. She developed the workshops we offer for 8-12yr old donor conceived children and their non-donor concieved siblings. She continues to run these workshops with a team that she has trained over many years. She can be available for individual consultation by families. Enquiries should be made to the office in the first instance.

Marilyn Crawshaw
is a Fellow in the Social Work and Social Policy department at the University of York.  She has a long standing professional and academic interest in the experiences of individuals, couples and families arising from matters to do with reproductive health, disability and social and cultural context. As well as practising as a social worker in this field for many years (including running an infertility counselling service in a busy district hospital for 12 years), she has written and researched into related areas including the experiences of donor conception, cancer-related fertility and adoption.

Marilyn was a Social and Ethical Inspector and then an External Adviser to the HFEA from the early 1990s until earlier this year.  She is a founder member of the British Infertility Counselling Association and editor of their Practice Guide series.  She is also currently Co-Chair (with Professor Eric Blyth) of the multi-agency UK Project Group on Assisted Reproduction (PROGAR).  Marilyn was appointed as the national Adviser to UK DonorLink from its inception and chairs its Advisory Group and Registrants Panel.