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
Chair

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 
Heartlands Hospital, Birmingham

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.”


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.”


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

Professor Ian Bates
 Professor of Pharmacy Education – UCL School of Pharmacy

Dr Gillian Hawksworth MBE
Senior Lecturer – University of Huddersfield

Philip Howard
Consultant Pharmacist in Antimicrobials – Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Duncan McRobbie
Associate Chief Pharmacist – Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust