Our main stage is proudly sponsored by the iconic British nursey brand, Silver Cross. The Silver Cross stage is located in the main exhibition hall and is one of the dominant focal points of The Modern Family Show. The visual impact of the huge LED TV wall behind the stage means all content can be broadcast across the ground floor exhibition space. Content on this stage is informal, yet still educational and true to the format of the show – delivering a casual chat show vibe by our guest speakers and your hosts.
No need to book tickets for this stage.
Michael Johnson-Ellis has been a UK Surrogacy and Fertility Treatment advocate since 2015, when he and his husband (Wes) embarked on their first journey with their daughter (Talulah) who was born in 2016, and their son Duke born in August 2019.
Michael has also campaigned for law reform and successfully changed NHS policy related to adhering to Gov.UK guidance.
My Surrogacy Journey (www.mysurrogacyjourney.com) is the latest not for profit Surrogacy organisation designed to support everyone on a fertility journey via Surrogacy. Offering tailored membership and innovative benefits to Intended Parents, Surrogates and Known Egg Donors. My Surrogacy Journey is literally changing the landscape when it comes to surrogacy support.
Michael’s presentation will showcase all that My Surrogacy Journey can offer on your route to parenthood, whether you choose UK Surrogacy or you opt for a US or Canadian route – they have it all covered. Hear why they are quickly gaining a reputation as The New Face of Surrogacy.
Trystan Reese is an established thought leader, educator, speaker, and founder of Collaborate Consulting, which provides customized training in diversity, equity and inclusion for individuals, organizations and communities interested in social justice. A professionally trained anti-racism facilitator, he has been organizing with the trans community for nearly two decades. He is 2021 Lambda Literary Fellow and has been featured in The Moth, People and Buzz Feed . He is married to his partner Biff and they live in Portland, Oregan with their three kids: Lucas, Hailey and Leo. They are very happy.
When the biotechnologist Sergio Gonzalez discovered the work that is done in fertility, he knew that it was his area to specialize in. Trained as an embryologist, his personal strengths are crucial to carry out his job. He describes himself as empathic and overturned with people. As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, he truly believes that everybody deserves a family, no matter the gender, sexuality or any other question.
Although terms such as “facial matching” and “facial recognition” tend to be confused, the truth is that they are different techniques that do not serve the same purpose. We will explain how modern families can specifically benefit from facial matching techniques in the selection of gamete donors and how artificial intelligence can help them.
P3 believes that family is family – irrespective of sexual orientation or family make-up, and that at the heart of every family is love. Love doesn’t discriminate. We represent non-traditional and under- represented families (both LGBT+ and non-).
The session will involve a panel and information covering topics such as adoption and fostering, surrogacy, donor insemination, co-parenting, financial and legal considerations. The purpose of the session is to allow you to hear first-hand from LGBTQ+ parents and industry professionals, and to freely ask the direct questions that may help shape the decisions on how to create your own families.
Michael is the International Manager for event technology company, Cvent, a motivational diversity speaker for TLC Lions and operates as the CEO of the P3 Network. P3 is a UK based not-for profit that provides support, advice, advocacy and role models for non-traditional and LGBT+ families. P3 currently supports almost 3,500 families and prospective families across the UK, and have worked with around 100 leading Global businesses, government agencies and regulatory bodies to help those organisations create more inclusive work environments.
The project “Remaking the Human Body: Biomedical Imaging Technologies, Professional and Lay Visions” investigates the introduction of new visual technologies in IVF and their consequences for professionals and patients. This is a large qualitative, social science research project that analyses different points of view in the field of IVF and foster a deeper mutual understanding among people with differing perspectives, concerns and experience. The project is based at Queen Mary University of London and is funded by the Wellcome Trust.
Rob Langley-Swain is a dad to two boys through adoption. He and his husband adopted 7 years ago and Rob currently works as Director of Membership for Adoption UK – the national charity supporting adoptive families.
In this seminar Rob will talk through the adoption process, from finding the right agency, to thinking about what kind of child or children you may be able to welcome in to your home. As well as considering the highs and lows and hurdles you may need to overcome. Rob will use his personal experience as an adopter, as well as his professional knowledge working for the UK’s biggest Adoption support charity.
Igenomix is a leading global provider of reproductive genetic testing, helping intended parents succeed in their fertility journey and have a healthy child. Bill Evans leads the genetic counselling team and business development at Igenomix UK, and he is keen to provide everyone with a better understanding of genetics, particularly in the context of a fertility journey.
Almost all of us are carriers of a genetic disorder without knowing it. It is only when we have children that – depending on the genes of the other biological parent – we discover that we are at risk of having a child with a condition such as cystic fibrosis or Tay-Sachs disease. Carrier genetic testing can provide you with the information you need to understand these risks ahead of time.
Some Families is hosted by Lotte Jeffs & Stu Oakley
Lotte’s a mum of one, via donor conception. She’s an award winning journalist, previously Editor-in-Chief and Deputy Editor at ELLE and a columnist at The Times, The Guardian and The Telegraph.
Stu’s a dad of three via adoption. As a film publicist, he’s worked on some of the biggest film franchises of all time including Star Wars, Harry Potter, Frozen & Jurassic World.
The Some Families Podcast launched as the UK’s first LGBTQ+ parenting podcast in February 2020 and filled a gap in the market. It was created to break down queer parenting myths, share funny, emotional, and true stories from the LGBTQ+ community. Lotte & Stu Talk about the past two seasons, they’ll discuss some of the stories that resonated with them personally and follow up on previous guests’ journeys
Morten G. Ulsted is CEO & Co-Founder of ExSeed Health. ExSeed is a MedTec/Software company specializing in male reproductive health and has been ranked #20 on the Global “Disrupt 100” index of innovative companies. Morten has extensive prior experience in the healthcare industry across several disease areas and is passionate about democratizing access to healthcare.
This talk will address the recent advances in healthcare which allow convenient and accurate home testing in a number of areas. Special focus will be on male fertility, which is a contributing factor in 40% of infertility, and insights will be shared on how to test, what the results mean, and not least how to improve overall fertility potential along with general health.