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.

Mohamed Rahman

Day job: 
Assistant Chief Pharmacist & Operational Services Manager
Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust   

Professional interests: 
Leadership, Strategic development of clinical pharmacy services   

Dr Ruth Bednall
Past Chair

Day job: 
Assistant Director for Quality Improvement 
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.”

Odran Farrell
Finance & Governance Lead

Day job: 
Lead Pharmacist for Critical Care and Surgery
University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Foundation Trust

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.”

Islam Elkonaissi
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.”

Farrah Khan
Education Support

Day job: 
Senior Lecturer Non-Medical Prescribing
London South Bank University

Bartosz Tomaszewicz
Membership Support

Day job: 
Chief Pharmacist
HCRG Care Group 

Professional interests: 
Clinical Governance, Transformation and service improvements, Clinical substance misuse 

Being a Director of UKCPA…  “is extremely rewarding and something I am proud to be a part of. Supporting UKCPA provides me with a great sense of pride and achievement. It gives me a platform to share my knowledge and it is a great way to work with colleagues across the healthcare system. As the Chief Pharmacist for HCRG Care Group I lead on medicines optimisation, non-medical prescribing, transformation and pharmacy leadership. I also represent Independent Healthcare Providers (IHP) on the National SPS PGD Service Advisory Board. Wearing a number of hats allows me to support large scale change within the profession.”

Our Executive Team

The UKCPA office is the operational arm of the Association.

Dr Sarah Carter
Chief Executive Officer

Marie Matthews
Director of Operations

Alison O'Carroll - UKCPA staff member

Alison O’Carroll
Finance Clerk