UKCPA welcomes new Chair

25, Aug 2021 Featured

Today we are delighted to announce that Mohamed Rahman will take on the role of Chair of the organisation in January 2022 after unanimous support from the UKCPA Nominations Committee.

Mohamed (Mo), who is Assistant Chief Pharmacist & Operational Services Manager at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, will take over from Dr Ruth Bednall who has been in post since January 2019.

Mo has been a member of UKCPA for over 20 years and has risen through the ranks of the organisation during that time.

He was a member of the Surgery & Theatres Committee for six years before becoming Chair of that Committee in 2007. After three years he then became a General Committee member and, when the organisation became an incorporated company in 2019, he became a Director with a focussed role within the Membership Strategy Committee.

Mr Rahman will serve a three-year term from 1 January 2022.

Mo says, “I am very delighted to be appointed as Chair of this magnificent organisation that has inspired me since joining it as a newly qualified pharmacist over 20 years ago. Over the next three years I will ensure that UKCPA caters for all pharmacy colleagues – pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy assistants – who play a pivotal role in patient care from all sectors.

Our members are the heart and soul of this organisation and we will support them to become the best they can be.”

Dr Ruth Bednall will step down as Chair on 31 December 2021 and will continue to serve a three-year term as Past Chair. She was previously a member of the General Committee for several years before taking on the role of Chair.

Ruth says, “Being asked to be Chair of UKCPA was a huge privilege. I am immensely proud of what the organisation has achieved during the pandemic and in awe that our members, who have experienced personal and professional challenges during this time, still have the energy to ask “how can we help?

The peer support and education provided during this time is a fantastic tribute to our members and the community we have built. It is with both pride in past achievements and confidence in the future that I hand over this role to Mo. His long term support and participation in UKCPA fills me with confidence that we are in safe and capable hands and I wish him the very best in his future leadership.” 

The UKCPA leadership team will also say farewell to Ann Page who was Chair and Co-Chair of the organisation from 2015 to 2019, and Past Chair since January 2019.