Our governance

The UKCPA is managed on behalf of its members through the General Committee. Representatives of the Education Groups are invited to attend General Committee meetings.

General Committee

The UKCPA General Committee is responsible for the strategic management and direction of UKCPA. It is held accountable for all that is done in the Association’s name. The General Committee is strategic, focusing mainly on the following years but also monitoring progress in the current year. General Committee members are elected from the membership following an agreed process determined by the Constitution. The UKCPA Chair, Vice-Chair and Treasurer are elected from the General Committee membership.

Dr Ruth Bednall

Day job: Principal Pharmacist (Clinical Services)  – Royal Stoke University Hospital, University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust  Professional interests: Acute and Emergency Medicine, Delivery of pharmaceutical care services, Resourcing and deploying staff, Demonstrating value for money and patient impact  Being part of UKCPA General Committee… “allows me to give something back to the organisation that has supported my professional development over the last 20 years. I hope to share the good pharmacy practice demonstrated in Staffordshire and improve this further through being part of this national professional development team.”

Ann Page
Past Chair

Day job: Workforce Development Lead Clinician – Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust  Professional interests: Education & training, Alcohol and opioid withdrawal, Emergency medicine  Being part of UKCPA General Committee… “gives me the opportunity to contribute to an organisation that has, throughout my career, allowed me to access the education, networking and professional support I need to be an effective practitioner.”

Islam Elkonaissi
Committee Member & Membership Lead

Day job: Lead lung cancer & clinical commissioning support pharmacist – The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust  Professional interests: Paediatrics & Neonates, Neurosciences, Research  Being part of UKCPA General Committee… “is an enormous sense of privilege. Through various positions and responsibilities I have gathered the opinions of healthcare professionals on possible improvements in the delivery of clinical pharmacy services in the UK. The UKCPA will provide me with the platform to action these ideas and suggestions by developing workable plans with clear targets.”

Odran Farrell
Committee Member & Finance & Governance Lead

Day job: Lead Pharmacist Critical Care, Anaesthetics & Specialist Surgery – Heartlands Hospital, Birmingham  Professional interests: Critical care, cardiology, emergency medicine, quality improvement, teaching, innovation  Being part of UKCPA General Committee… “means that I will be able to actively participate in shaping my profession.”

Pavitar Gandham
Committee Member & Membership Committee member

Day job: Project Pharmacist for anticoagulation and patient group directive, Medicines Use and Safety team, NHS Specialist Pharmacy Services Professional interests: Education and training, medicine and patient safety, leadership Being part of UKCPA General Committee… “will allow me to support the strategic direction of this great organisation and ensure it continues to be responsive to the needs of the pharmacy profession and develop high quality professionals.”

David Gibson
Committee Member & Education Lead

Day job: Lead Clinical Pharmacist – Darlington Memorial Hospital, County Durham and Darlington Foundation Trust  Professional interests: Acute medicine, venous thromboembolism, alcohol withdrawal, poisoning and overdose.  Being part of UKCPA General Committee… “I want to be able to support other pharmacists to discover how UKCPA can help them to become the high quality professionals that patients and the NHS need.”

Stephane Jaglin
Committee Member & Education Support

Day job: Clinical Pharmacist and Thrombosis Lead – South West England  Professional interests: Thrombosis, Perioperative management of medicines, postoperative care, new technologies.  Being part of UKCPA General Committee… “is a chance for me to have a mutual interaction with a well respected organisation.”

Ramandeep Kaur
Committee Member & Membership Committee member

Day job: Advanced Specialist Pharmacist ePMA – University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust  Professional interests: Electronic prescribing, leadership.

Mohamed Rahman
Committee Member & Membership Support

Day job: Assistant Chief Pharmacist & Operational Services Manager – Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust  Professional interests: Leadership, Strategic development of clinical pharmacy services

David Sapsford
Committee Member & Education Support

Day job: Consultant pharmacist,  Critical Care – Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust  Professional interests: Critical care, professional development, leadership  Being part of UKCPA General Committee… “is a privilege. UKCPA is in a prime position to meet the needs of pharmacists in this period of exciting change for the profession.”

Richard Wysocki
Committee Member & Membership Committee member

Day job: Medical Affairs Director – hameln pharmaceuticals ltd  Professional interests: Pharmacovigilance, Palliative Care, Safer labelling of medicines  Being part of UKCPA General Committee… “will allow me to look forward to contributing to the committee role and to being responsive to the needs of UKCPA, its members and clinical pharmacy throughout the UK.”

Our Executive Team

The UKCPA office is the operational arm of the Association. The General Manager and the General Secretary also sit on the Business Management Group, which acts on behalf of the General Committee on a more regular basis and also includes the Chair, Vice-Chair, Immediate Past Chair, Treasurer and a Trustee.

Marie Matthews
General Manager

Day job: General Manager – UKCPA 

Dr Sarah Carter
General Secretary

Day job: General Secretary – UKCPA 


Our Trustees

Our Trustees ensure that the Association follows robust governance processes, oversee the health of the Association and ensure that the principles outlined in its Constitution are adhered to.

Richard Cattell, Chair of Trustees

Day job: Director of Pharmacy and Association Director of Medicines Optimisation – Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust



Professor Ian Bates

Day job: Professor of Pharmacy Education – UCL School of Pharmacy



Paul Evans




Dr Gillian Hawksworth MBE

Day job: Senior Lecturer – University of Huddersfield  



Philip Howard

Day job: Consultant Pharmacist in Antimicrobials – Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust



Duncan McRobbie

Day job: Associate Chief Pharmacist – Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust