Patient Representatives

Sue Burchill (Brook)

Sue joined Brook in 2008 to a become a member of our innovative team delivering clinical outreach work in Bristol’s schools and Further Education colleges managing comprehensive integrated sexual health clinics in a variety of different educational settings. A Specialist Contraception and Sexual Health Nurse, Sue worked with vulnerable young people supporting their access to sexual health services.

Appointed Nurse Manager for Brook Bristol in 2012, Sue was responsible for the nursing team while also being the safeguarding lead. Safeguarding has been fundamental throughout Sue’s career and she was a member of the advisory group that developed the CSE proforma ‘Spotting the Signs’.

Sue qualified as a nurse in 1995 and is an Associate Member of the Faculty Reproductive Sexual Health Care.

Following a varied clinical career in surgery, coronary care and working in the community as a Practice Nurse, Sue developed a Sexual Health Drop-In Service for the University West of England students while also working as a GP surgery’s Lead Practice Nurse.


In 2013 Sue became Brook’s Regional Nurse Lead for the South and in April 2015, was promoted to Head of Nursing for the whole organisation.

Natika Halil (Family Planning Association)

Natika became Chief Executive in April 2015, taking over from Acting Chief Executive Audrey Simpson.

Natika has worked for FPA since 2008, with her roles including Director of Communications, Health and Wellbeing and Information lead.
Natika has worked in the voluntary sector since 1996. She started her career as a helpline volunteer at SANEline, the mental health charity, before moving into the field of infant health and bereavement.

Before working at FPA, Natika spent seven years at the Stroke Association, heading up their information services. Natika has a wealth of experience in health and information provision and an academic background in psychology and psychotherapy.

Alexandra Filby ( Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Women’s Network)

Alex trained as midwife at King’s College London and currently works at the Whittington Hospital, where she is based on the labour ward. In addition to her NHS work she is employed as an external expert to the World Health Organization, with whom she has authored the publication “A systematic mapping of the barriers to quality midwifery care in low and middle income countries”. She has presented this research internationally on behalf of the WHO. Prior to studying midwifery, Alex studied English at Cambridge University and worked in factual television, researching documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4.

Alex joined the PSP for contraception due to her belief in patient centred research to facilitate informed choice, particularly around issues of sexual health.

Annemarie Nicholson (Independent Patient Representative)

Annemarie is fully qualified Healthcare Assistant, achieving a distinction in Health and Social work. She frequently participates in the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists’ Women’s Health Network and other projects. Annemarie also works privately as a Healthcare Assistant and finds her job extremely rewarding – her eldest patient is 100 years old!

Katherine Green (Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Women’s Network)

In her clinical capacity, Katherine is currently working as a Senior Registrar in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at King’s College Hospital, London.  Whilst completing an elective in Tanzania focussing on maternal mortality, Katherine witnessed, first-hand, the potentially life threatening consequences for women who are unable to access contraceptive care and are unable to make an informed choice about when to get pregnant. Katherine believes that choosing when to get pregnant is a fundamental human right and has chosen to be a patient representative in the Contraception PSP to empower more women to be able to make confident, informed choices about when to get pregnant and what happens to their bodies.