Committee & Staff Members

The committee represents community pharmacy across nine boroughs of Greater Manchester. It meets regularly and is Greater Manchester LPC’s formal decision-making body.


Committee Members

Staff Members

Luvjit Kandula
Director of Pharmacy Transformation/Chief Officer –
Specialist Advisor APPG Diabetes, Community Pharmacy Integration Lead – PCPA Community Pharmacy Group.
Greater Manchester Local Pharmaceutical Committee

Luvjit is a qualified pharmacist who currently works as Director of Pharmacy Transformation and Chief Officer of Greater Manchester LPC.

She was previously the Head of LPC engagement and Collaboration at PSNC, Chief Officer of Leicestershire and Rutland Local Pharmaceutical Committee and has also been seconded to NHS Digital to support digitising medicines and Pharmacy.

Her role involves advancing community pharmacy in the local NHS whilst representing Community Pharmacists interests through integration. Luvjit has extensive experience working as a Community Pharmacist also having worked in hospital pharmacy and industry both in the UK and abroad. Previous roles include Head of Pharmacy Services, Head of the Pre-registration Training Programmes and also Chairing Warwickshire Local Pharmaceutical Committee.

Twitter: @LuvjitKandula
Contact Number: 0161 518 5791

James Hughes
GMLPC Office Manager
Greater Manchester Local Pharmaceutical Committee

James was recently appointed Office Manager at Greater Manchester LPC in June 2020.

He was previously Administration Manager at Countrywide Conveyancing Services, and also has a background in Hospitality Management.

His current role focuses on managing the day to day office activities, administration functions and resources of the Greater Manchester LPC.

Contact Number: 0161 518 5790


Rikki Smeeton
Senior Responsible Officer – Primary Care Networks

Greater Manchester Local Pharmaceutical Committee

Rikki is registered Pharmacy Technician and qualified Accuracy Checking Technician having 14 years’ experience in both Community and Outpatient Pharmacy settings. Before joining the LPC, Rikki held a management position at Manchester Foundation Trust in both the adult and paediatric outpatient pharmacies where she still holds a part time position.

Rikki joined the GMLPC team in September 2017 as the Project Implementation Lead where her main role involved facilitating and developing robust project implementation plans for service-based project work. She then took on a more strategic role as the Commissioned Services Manager where she was responsible for the day-to-day LPC support of advanced and locally commissioned services, creating and maintaining strong relationships with key stakeholders such as Greater Manchester Local Authorities, CCG’s and the local area NHS team – Greater Manchester Health & Social Care.

Rikki now holds the position of Senior Responsible Officer – Primary Care Networks. This a strategic role to support and progress the development and integration of Community Pharmacy within the 58 Primary Care Networks in our Greater Manchester geography.

Other relevant roles:

Board Member – Community Pharmacy Provider Board
Board Member – LGBT Pride in Practice Board
ACT – LloydsPharmacy Outpatients (MFT)

0161 518 5794 | ext. 1005

Imogen Halls
Senior Communications Officer – Pharmacy Engagement
Greater Manchester Local Pharmaceutical Committee

With an established background in healthcare communications, Imogen is responsible for developing and leading the communications for GMLPC which involves maintaining effective channels of communication with stakeholders, developing strategies for increased engagement, and finding innovative ways of increasing exposure of the GMLPC and its outstanding work.

Imogen has an undergraduate degree in Social Anthropology and joined the GMLPC team in August 2020. She has a passion for stakeholder engagement and a keen interest in using her creative background to generate new ideas

Contact Number: 0161 543 9098

Karishma Visram
Business Support Officer
Greater Manchester Local Pharmaceutical Committee

Karishma provides business support to the LPC. Her role involves carrying out BAU tasks, working on ongoing projects to support the business as well as communicating with pharmacists across Greater Manchester.

With a BA in Film and Media and experience in marketing, Karishma has acquired a solid understanding of how to engage with contractors, cascade messages and create materials to promote key campaigns which benefit Community Pharmacy.

Contact Number: 0161 518 5793

Adam Kharaz
Business Support Officer
Greater Manchester Local Pharmaceutical Committee

Adam provides administrative support to the LPC in business as usual activity and projects. He holds a BSc in Business and Management and an MSc in International Business giving him a strong understanding of business operations and processes.

Adam Joined the GMLPC team in February 2020. He has a background in business consultancy, focusing on economic sustainability and contingency planning.

Contact Number: 0161 518 5792