Chair of Reproductive Medicine. Hilary Critchley is Professor of Reproductive Medicine, Head of School of Clinical Sciences at the University of Edinburgh and Clinical Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh. She is a medical graduate from University of Manchester and undertook Postgraduate clinical training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Manchester and Edinburgh. Her research training was undertaken in Edinburgh and Manchester, and in Melbourne, Australia. Her research focuses upon local uterine mechanisms involved in menstruation and implantation. These studies have contributed to the understanding and thus the clinical management of gynaecological complaints with major impacts on women’s quality of life, notably to heavy menstrual bleeding, fibroids and fertility control. She is an advocate of the value of mentorship in supporting the careers of younger Clinical and non-Clinical Academics. She has two daughters, one a recent vet graduate and the other in her penultimate year at school and so considering future career options.