As set out in the Constitution and Rules, PSNC has 32 members on its main committee:
- 13 members elected on a regional basis from England
- 1 member nominated by Community Pharmacy Wales
- 2 members nominated by the Board of the National Pharmacy Association
- 12 members nominated by the Company Chemists’ Association
- 3 members elected from the non Company Chemists’ Association multiples
- a non-executive chairman
You can find out more about PSNC’s committee members below and the Regional Representatives can be contacted by email using the links below. You can also find out which PSNC Subcommittee each PSNC member sits on here: PSNC Officers, Subcommittees and Panels
Sir Michael Pitt
Sir Michael has held a number of major roles in local government, including as Chief Executive of Cheshire and Kent County Councils, and he is a former President of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives. Sir Michael has also chaired a Strategic Health Authority and he is currently Chair of the Legal Services Board which oversees legal regulators in England and Wales. Sir Michael received a knighthood in June 2005 for his services to local government and in Febraury 2009 he was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for Wiltshire.
Mark Burdon, North East and Cumbria Regional Representative
In 2006 Mark Burdon was elected as Regional Representative for the North East and Cumbria PSNC region. He is a practising community pharmacist, operating a small group of pharmacies in the north-east. Mark has been an LPC member since 2001 and currently sits on two LPCs as well as regularly attending all LPCs in the region. He takes an active interest in the future development of the profession, maintaining close links to the school of pharmacy at the University of Sunderland. Mark chairs the Resource Development and Finance (RDF) Subcommittee of PSNC and leads on professional relationships issues. He is also a member of PSNC’s Drug Tariff working group.
David Broome, Yorkshire and the Humber Regional Representative
David Broome qualified from the University of Bath School of Pharmacy in 1990 and has been an independent contractor for nearly 20 years. He runs his pharmacy business with his wife, Jackie, and he is an active member and officer of Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire. David has a great passion for community pharmacy with keen interests including EPS, medicines safety and clinical pharmacy. He has been involved with the EPS implementation board, medicines safety exchange, area prescribing committee and local mental health trust medicines committee. David has been an LPC member for seven years and was elected to PSNC in August 2013.
Garry Myers, East Midlands and South Yorkshire Regional Representative
Garry Myers is an independent community pharmacy contractor owning five community pharmacies and is also a partner in a medical practice. He graduated from Bradford University in 1981 and has practised as a Community Pharmacist ever since. He has experience of working as a Pharmaceutical Advisor within medical practices and so holds a strong belief in the development of the clinical roles of Community Pharmacists in order complement and strengthen the core dispensing service. Garry was elected to PSNC in 2005 having previously worked locally as Chairman of both North Derbyshire LPC and Derbyshire LPC, where he remains an active member of Derbyshire LPC. He is now vice-chairman of PSNC’s Funding and Contract subcommittee and one of the three independent members of the Negotiating Team.
Anil Sharma, East Anglia Regional Representative
Bharat Patel, East Regional Representative and Vice Chair
Bharat Patel qualified from the Liverpool School of Pharmacy in 1979. He and his wife, Urvashi, who is also a pharmacist, operate a healthcare business comprising two pharmacies, which were acquired in 1982 and 1997, and a purpose built nursing home. In addition, Bharat works as a supplementary/ independent prescriber with the local doctors on a regular basis. He has been a member of Essex LPC since 1982, having chaired the LPC for a number of years. Bharat has been a member of PSNC since 2006. Has also been a PEC pharmacist at Castle Point & Rochford PCT for a number of years. In the past Bharat has been employed by South Essex Health Authority as a pharmacy facilitator. Bharat was elected to the NPA board in 2007, was appointed Vice Chairman in April 2010 and became Chairman in April 2011.
Prakash Patel, London North Thames Regional Representative
Indrajit Patel, London South Thames Regional Representative
Indrajit Patel has been an independent community pharmacy contractor for more than 30 years and owns the Tooting Pharmacy Practice in south London. He is currently a member of PSNC’s Service Development Subcommittee.
Sunil Kochhar, South East Coast Regional Representative
Sunil K. Kochhar is a consultant pharmacist for the online patient information platform, www.dearPHARMACIST.info. He has over 20 years’ hands-on experience of helping local communities improve their health and wellbeing through educational events, screening services and innovative methods, resulting in great health and wellbeing outcomes. Within all his work, Sunil has demonstrated that marketing is an essential part of gaining public engagement to enhance their health and wellbeing. His current work and activity aims to unite pharmacy as a profession through conversations with his online forum platform, www.pharmacyTALK.co.uk
Gary Warner, South Central Regional Representative
Gary Warner is an active community pharmacist, working both in his own practices and with the CCG locally together with his representative roles at the LPC and PSNC, to which he was first elected in June 2005. He is a managing partner in Pinnacle Health Partnership which is championing the development of the roles of community pharmacists and embedding those roles within patient care pathways. Gary qualified as an independent prescriber in 2008, specialising in the treatment of substance misuse, and is Chair of the Service Development Subcommittee of PSNC. Gary was part of the team that won the Silver Medal at the Chief Medical Officer’s Awards in 2010, a finalist at the Pharmaceutical Care Awards in 2012, and he remains a proud advocate of all that pharmacy can do for patients and commissioners.
Andrew Lane, South Western Regional Representative
Andrew Lane qualified at Sunderland School of Pharmacy in 1981 and now owns the AlChem Pharmacy Group in SW England. He is an active member of Gloucestershire LPC and was previously elected to NHS Gloucestershire PEC. Andrew is a pharmacist member of the Primary Care Cardiovascular Society and he has interest in developing local networks of pharmacists keen to deliver services to Primary Care Commissioning organizations. As well as being a PSNC member, Andrew is a board member of the NPA a member of the Alliance Healthcare European Forum. He was an early advocate of Alphega Pharmacy, the virtual chain concept developed by Alliance Healthcare.
Jas Heer, West Midlands Regional Representative
Jas Heer qualified as a pharmacist in 1987 after studying at Leicester School of Pharmacy and currently owns and operates a small group of pharmacies in Coventry and Birmingham. He obtained a Diploma in Clinical pharmacy in 2000 and has worked for independents and multiples, covering both field and centre based functions. Jas was elected onto Coventry LPC in 2011 and joined the PSNC in 2016 where he is a member of the LPC Implementation Support Subcommittee.
Dr Ian Cubbin, Mersey Regional Representative
Dr Ian Cubbin qualified from the Sunderland School of Pharmacy 1980 after which he joined the family firm before going on to read his doctorate jointly at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and the University of Sunderland. Previous roles have included a role as a teacher practitioner at John Moores University and Ian is currently Managing Director of James Cubbin & Son, operating five pharmacies in the Wirral. As well as being a PSNC member, Ian is a member of the Board of Assessors for the GPhC and an NPA and Pharmacy Voice Board Member.
Fin McCaul, North West Regional Representative
Fin graduated from the Liverpool School of Pharmacy in 1986 and is Managing Director of Prestwich Pharmacy in Manchester. Fin was a past founder and Chairman of the Independent Pharmacy Federation and now works alongside the NPA board where his role continues to promote the benefits of independent pharmacy whilst supporting their members. Fin has worked with a variety of public health groups and is currently the Long Term Conditions Lead for Bury CCG, working with GPs, other primary care providers and secondary care providers. Fin also speaks and delivers training at local and national events on smoking cessation, weight loss, professional development and change management. Fin was awarded fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in 2016 for his service to pharmacy.
Community Pharmacy Wales Representative
After further studies at Manchester, Mark Griffiths took his first pharmacy manager’s job at NCC in Brynmawr, South Wales until 1987. He then locumed throughout South Wales until 1992 when he accepted a job with Sheppards Chemists in Aberdare. In 1997 Mark left the company to start Dowlais Pharmacy with his business partner Tim Owen; they now have 3 branches. Mark started the pharmacy support group Cambrian Alliance with five other pharmacists in 2000 and has been chairman since its formation. He was elected to Community Pharmacy Wales in 2007 and on to the Board in 2011, and he has been a member of PSNC since 2011.
Company Chemists Association (CCA) Representatives
Marc Donovan, Boots Pharmacy
Marc has a career in healthcare spanning 20 years. Originally training as a pharmacist at Cardiff University, he has progressed through a number of senior clinical and managerial positions within Boots UK to his current role as Superintendent Pharmacist, accountable for the professional standards and development for 6000 pharmacists, and 18000 healthcare colleagues. He has previously led the Human Resources team for Healthcare across Boots UK, Boots Opticians and Boots Ireland, as well as worked as a prescribing advisor to the Vale of Glamorgan Local Health Board and was one of the first supplementary prescribers to practice in Wales. He is a non-medical independent prescriber where he specialises in the management of cardiovascular disease and medicines management. Marc is also currently a member of Community Pharmacy Wales and a Fellow of the Faculty of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. He obtained Fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development in 2014.
Sam Fisher, Lloyds Pharmacy
Sam Fisher studied at the Welsh School of Pharmacy in Cardiff, and registered as a pharmacist in 1997 after completion of her pre-registration placement with Lloyds Pharmacy. She then went on to successfully attain her MSc in Clinical Community Pharmacy at the Welsh School of Pharmacy before moving into more managerial roles within the organisation. Sam has held several field based operational roles including Area Manager and Regional Operations Manager, then latterly central roles responsible for leading key business transformation initiatives and her current role as Head of Pharmacy Affairs for Celesio UK. As well as being a board member of CCA, Sam is also a board member of Community Pharmacy Wales, and a member of the Welsh Pharmaceutical Committee.
Peter Fulford, Morrisons Pharmacy
Peter qualified as a Pharmacist in 2006, following completion of his pre-registration year with Boots. Peter worked in a variety of Pharmacies for Boots, before taking up a position as a Pharmacy Manager with Morrisons. Peter was appointed as an Area Manager in 2010, before moving into a Buying (& Commercial Manager) role at Morrisons Head Office in Bradford in 2013. Peter was appointed as Superintendent Pharmacist & Senior Operations Manager for Morrisons in 2015.
Kathryn Goodfellow, Superdrug Stores Plc
David Hamilton, Well Pharmacy
David Hamilton is Commercial Director at Well Pharmacy. He graduated from Queens University Belfast in 1995 and completed his pre-reg in a regional independent. Following a number of commercial roles at Asda Pharmacy, David spent time with a pharmaceutical wholesaler, servicing community and hospital pharmacy. Before joining Well he worked in the pharmacy homecare market setting up Medco Health Solutions, a home infusion and orphan drug supply specialist. David joined Well in May 2015 and is responsible for their pharmacy supply chain and Bestway Medhub their new wholesale proposition.
Tricia Kennerley, Boots Pharmacy
Tricia Kennerley qualified as a pharmacist in 1987 and initially practised at a London hospital before moving into community pharmacy management in 1988. She held several senior positions at the Alliance Boots group before embarking on a Harvard Business School Advanced Management Programme in 2004. Tricia was appointed Managing Director of Alliance Pharmacy in 2007 and subsequently became Boots Healthcare Development Director later that same year. Since March 2009 Tricia has held the position of Healthcare Public Affairs Director for the Alliance Boots Group. Her role involves strengthening relationships with external stakeholders and pharmaceutical manufacturers to support the development of pharmacy services and healthcare as well as developing relationships with Government, and she sits on the board of several professional pharmacy bodies.
Clare Kerr, Celesio
Clare Kerr registered as a pharmacist in 1989 having qualified from Queen’s University, Belfast. Clare has worked for Lloyds Pharmacy for over 25 years in a variety of roles progressing from pre-registration student to Pharmacy Manager and Area Manager. In 2000, Clare took on a role in service development and she went on to lead a team of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in the development and implementation of a wide range of services. Clare has recently taken up a new role as Head of External Affairs for Celesio UK. As well as being a member of PSNC, Clare is a board member of the CCA.
Margaret MacRury, Rowlands Pharmacy
Margaret MacRury is currently Superintendent at Rowlands Pharmacy, a position she has held for two years. Previous businesses she has worked for include Fresanius Kabi, LloydsPharmacy and Boots, and former roles include Sales and Operations Director of Boots Opticians.
Janice Perkins, Well Pharmacy
Janice Perkins is Pharmacy Superintendent at Well Pharmacy where she is responsible for the quality and development of the professional services provided to patients and customers. Janice is a Member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain and gained a BSc (First Class Honours) at Manchester University. Her early career was with Boots where she was successively a branch manager, district manager and then Regional Professional Development Manager.
Adrian Price, Tesco Pharmacy
Adrian Price has been a pharmacist for over 20 years and the Superintendent Pharmacist at Tesco Stores Ltd since 2010. He started his career working in branch management for the Co-operative Group where he stayed for 13 years, working in dozens pharmacies across the North West and serving on LPCs for over 10 years. Adrian followed this with a variety of roles in the Co-op’s Head Office including Head of Governance and Head of Clinical Services. He joined PSNC in 2010 and is also a Pharmacy Voice Board Member.
Stephen Thomas, Rowlands Pharmacy
Stephen qualified as a pharmacist in 1995 and, after completing a number of roles for Boots in Cheshire and North Wales, spent two years with Voluntary Services Overseas as Principal Pharmacist in Vanuatu (South Pacific). Returning to the UK in 2001 he joined P. Williams Chemists Ltd. (a regional multiple based in Cheshire) in a combined pharmacy management and head office role. Stephen joined Rowlands Pharmacy in 2003 as Deputy Superintendent Pharmacist and, as this role developed, became NHS Contract and Policy Manager. Stephen has a number of other interests in pharmacy which include membership of the board of Community Pharmacy Wales, Chairman of the group which develops the Declaration of Competence (DoC) frameworks and a member, since 2004, of Cheshire and Wirral LPC (and predecessors). Stephen is also a Director of the CCA.
Faisal Tuddy, Asda Pharmacy
National Pharmacy Association (NPA) Representatives
Mike graduated from the University of Bath with a Master of Pharmacy degree. Following pre-registration training and a period as a rotational pharmacist in hospital pharmacy in Gloucestershire, he moved to primary care, working as a pharmacy manager for an independent multiple, he was also the practice pharmacist in the adjacent health centre. In 2008 he bought his first pharmacy in rural West Dorset, achieving Healthy Living Pharmacy status in 2012, Mike has a track record of service implementation and delivery, at his most recent GPhC premises inspection he achieved a ‘Good’ rating, and has now acquired a second pharmacy. Mike has been a member of the National Pharmacy Association Board since 2010, was Vice-Chairman of the Association in 2013/14, and has also been Chairman of the Practice & Policy and Membership Committees. As a member of the Pharmacy Voice Board since 2013, he has worked collaboratively with other community pharmacy organisations, and is currently Chair of the Professional Practice Group. Since buying his first business Mike has had an interest in communications, writing a regular column for Chemist & Druggist magazine, and other publications, in 2010 he co-wrote a policy paper for the Bow Group, a think tank, about the potential impact of pharmacy services, the paper had a foreword from Baroness Cumberledge and was personally received by then Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Quality, Earl Howe.
Umesh Patel, MBE
Umesh Patel studied pharmacy at Sunderland University, qualifying in 1978. He opened his first pharmacy in London in 1980 and moved to Sunderland in 1990. He was Chairman of the Sunderland branch of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB) between 1995 and 1997 and is a chairman of the local LPC. He was joint Vice Chairman of the Border region branch of the RPSGB, an NPA nominee on the PSNC Committee, and is chairman of the PSNC’s Review and Audit Panel. He now owns two retail pharmacies and has represented the North East region on the NPA Board since 1998. Umesh was also chairman of the NPA board in 2006. Umesh was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s 2011 New Year Honours List, recognising his services to healthcare in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear. In 2010 he received an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of Sunderland and was appointed to The Board of Governors of the University. He has also been appointed to The Board of Governors of Sunderland High School.
Non-CCA Multiple Representatives
Peter Cattee, PCT Healthcare
Peter Cattee is CEO of PCT Healthcare, which trades as four brands – Peak Pharmacy, Tims & Parker, Manor Pharmacy and Cox & Robinson. He is chair of the Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies and Pharmacy Voice Board Member. Peter chairs PSNC’s Funding and Contract Subcommittee and is a member of PSNC’s Negotiating Team.
David Evans, Manor Drug Company (Nottingham)
David Evans graduated from the University of Bath in 1986 and completed his pre-registration training at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London. He spent some time working in hospital in Nottingham before travelling to work as a pharmacist in Australia. Returning to the UK to work in community pharmacy in 1989, he subsequently joined the family business as Managing Director and Superintendent Pharmacist. David has served on both Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire LPC’s, being chair of the former for a number of years. As well as NHS community pharmacy practice, David has in depth experience of pharmaceutical wholesaling and extensive involvement in veterinary pharmacy. He qualified as an independent prescriber in 2008. David sits on the Veterinary Expert Panel of the British Pharmacopeia, and in 2012 was appointed to the Poisons Board by the Home Secretary. He lectures on veterinary pharmacy at DeMontfort University, Leicester and has sat on the NPA Board of Management since 2007.
Jay Patel, Day Lewis Plc
Jay qualified as a pharmacist from Portsmouth University and holds an MBA. He has had several roles with his Day Lewis career over the years progressing from Pharmacist Manager, Regional Manager and Chief Innovation Officer for the group. As Executive Director at Day Lewis Plc, Jay leads the business alongside Rupa Patel and Sam Patel. He is responsible for Retail Strategy and Innovation. His vision is to essentially join up great people, with effective and professional processes, using robust technology to give patients the best possible experience and outcomes. Jay is passionate about pharmacy politics and the role the community pharmacy sector plays within the NHS. During his lifetime Jay would like to run at least one Marathon.