Our governance

The UKCPA is managed on behalf of its members through the Board of Directors.

Board of Directors

The UKCPA Board of Directors 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 Board of Directors is strategic, focusing mainly on the following years but also monitoring progress in the current year. You can read more about how UKCPA is structured and governed through our Articles of Association.

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 a Director of UKCPA… “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 a Director of UKCPA… “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.”

Odran Farrell
Director & Finance & Governance Lead

Day job: 
Lead Pharmacist Critical Care, Anaesthetics & Specialist 
Heartlands Hospital, Birmingham

Professional interests: 
Education and training, medicine and patient safety, leadership 

Being a Director of UKCPA…“allows 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
Director & 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 a Director of UKCPA…“enables me to support other pharmacists to discover how UKCPA can help them become the high quality professionals that patients and the NHS need.”

Islam Elkonaissi
Director & Membership Lead

Day job: 
Lead lung cancer & clinical commissioning support pharmacist 
The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust 

Professional interests: 
Paediatrics & Neonates, Neurosciences, Research 

Being a Director of UKCPA…“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 provides me with the platform to action these ideas and suggestions by developing workable plans with clear targets.”

David Sapsford
Director & Education Support

Day job: 
Consultant pharmacist,  Critical Care
Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Professional interests: 
Critical care, professional development, leadership

Being a Director of UKCPA…“is a privilege. UKCPA is in a prime position to meet the needs of pharmacists in this period of exciting change for the profession.”

Stephane Jaglin
Director & Education Support

Day job: 
Clinical Pharmacist and Thrombosis Lead 
South West England

Professional interests: 
Thrombosis, Perioperative management of medicines, postoperative care, new technologies. 

Being a Director of UKCPA…“is a chance for me to have a mutual interaction with a well respected organisation.”

Mohamed Rahman
Director & 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

Pavitar Gandham
Director & 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 

Ramandeep Kaur
Director & Membership Committee member

Day job: 
Lead EPMA Pharmacist  
Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust

Professional interests: 
Electronic prescribing, leadership.

Our Executive Team

The UKCPA office is the operational arm of the Association.

Dr Sarah Carter
Chief Executive Officer

Marie Matthews
Director of Operations