As part of the thorough C+D Awards judging process, submissions are assessed by a panel of experienced and knowledgeable judges from across the community pharmacy sector. Drawing on their significant expertise within and insight into community pharmacy, they are essential to making the C+D Awards a success. Meet our judges for the C+D Awards 2022:
Jay is managing director and superintendent pharmacist for Whitworth Chemists, a large and well-known independent pharmacy chain based in the north of England. He is a National Pharmacy Association board member, chair of Tees Local Pharmaceutical Committee and a Royal Pharmaceutical Society fellow. Jay also holds a master’s degree in law.
Stephanie is a community pharmacist and lead for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in north-west London. She organises regular educational events that support pharmacists’ CPD for revalidation and has led several award-winning projects for community pharmacists, with the aim of improving patient outcomes. Stephanie is deputy chair of the Parkinson’s Disease Specialist Pharmacy Network and a member of Brent and Harrow Local Pharmaceutical Committee.
Chris has experience of working across most sectors of pharmacy, including academia, hospital and prison pharmacy, although he has spent most of his career working in a variety of roles in community pharmacy and primary care. He holds NHS Leadership Academy qualifications and is an independent prescriber. He sits on the Royal Pharmaceutical Society West Yorkshire (RPSWY) steering group and the United Kingdom Clinical Pharmacy Association (UKCPA) Community Pharmacy and Education & Development panels.
Victoria is assistant manager at RP Healthcare and winner of the Pharmacy Staff Member of the Year Award at the C+D Awards 2018.
Liz has worked across various pharmacy sectors and is a leader in driving the pharmacy technician profession forward. Liz is the Senior Professional Advisor Pharmacy Technician Practice at NHS England and Improvement. She has led many workforce developments to ensure the skills and expertise of pharmacy technicians are recognised. Liz is the immediate Past President of the Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK and is in her final year of an Executive Masters in Business Administration at the University of Greenwich.
Leyla joined the Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies as CEO in September 2019, working with the board to set the vision for the organisation and influence the direction of travel for the sector. Prior to this, she worked for the National Pharmacy Association (NPA) as director of pharmacy and chief pharmacist and as medicines safety officer for independent pharmacies with fewer than 50 branches. Leyla holds a degree in pharmacy, post graduate degrees in pharmacy practice, pharmacology and toxicology and an MBA. Her career started in Sweden, before moving to the UK in 2004 and working her way up from branch manager to senior management positions within community pharmacy.
Yasmine is a Clinical PCN Pharmacist working across the North East of England. She splits her time over her practices, working in community and training the new generation of pharmacists through the PCPA. She graduated in 2019 at the University of Sunderland receiving the Jemma O'Sullivan award for her determination, care and compassion shown throughout her degree. Within her time as a Pre-Registration and Provisional Pharmacist she won Pre-Reg of the year for both C+D Awards 2020 and The Pharmacy Business Awards 2020. Her scope of experience started 11 years ago starting as a pharmacy assistant and since then has developed countless qualities to encourage and support many around her. She has since been one of our Women in Pharmacy Advisors, featuring on the podcast series 'a coffee with' and shared her story at The Pharmacy Show 2021 live.
Sara started her career as a pharmacist working in the community/ retail sector in 1995 and maintains a keen interest in the area. She has a PhD in pharmaceutical microbiology and has worked in industry for more than 20 years. Sara is currently Scientific Affairs Director at Aspire Pharma Limited. As well as her technical and regulatory focus, Sara is passionate about team work and the importance of the people to the success of any organisation.
Mike is Associate Director of Pharmacy Complete, a training and consultancy organisation, and Operations Director at REMEDI HEALTH. Having run his own community pharmacy group, he became Chief Officer of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Local Pharmaceutical Committee in 2005 and Chief Executive of the National Pharmacy Association in 2011. Mike was one of the main drivers behind the Healthy Living Pharmacy initiative, is a strong and active advocate of an expanded role for the profession in health and wellbeing. Mike became a Royal Pharmaceutical Society Fellow in 2011 and a Royal Society for Public Health Fellow in 2017.
Michael is currently chief executive of Kingston and Richmond Local Pharmaceutical Committee (LPC). Previous roles include chief executive of Kent Local Pharmaceutical Committee; national access manager, professional liaison for Pfizer; operations manager at The Company Chemists’ Association; and superintendent pharmacist at Superdrug. In the past, Michael has also been chairman of Kingston and Richmond LPC and director at The Institute of Pharmacy Management International.
Clare Kerr has been a pharmacist since 1989 and has worked for Lloydspharmacy for over 30 years – progressing from pre-registration student to pharmacy manager and area manager. In 2000, Clare took on a role in service development and went on to lead a team of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in the development and implementation of a wide range of services. She is currently head of healthcare policy for Lloydspharmacy’s parent company McKesson UK, a member of the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee and board member of the Company Chemists’ Association. Clare co-chairs the Urgent Care Delivery and Implementation Group.
As Managing Director/Community Pharmacist at Marton Pharmacy in Middlesbrough, Mike transformed the health and wellbeing of his community. In 2009, Mike won the C&D Community Pharmacist of the Year Award and has since won national awards for Excellence in Training, Innovation and Excellence in Business, and an award from Mayor Ray Mallon for Services to the Community. Mike is currently a member of the English Pharmacy Board of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. As part of his role as Local Professional Network Chair for NHSE/I North East and North Cumbria, Mike was instrumental in creating and launching the C&D Award-Winning NHS111 Community Pharmacy Referral Service, which has evolved into the national NHS Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS).
Priyanka is the current President of the British Pharmaceutical Students’ Association (BPSA) 2022/2023. Alongside this role she is a foundation trainee pharmacist currently undertaking a split GP/community training.
She is passionate about the future of the pharmacy profession, which ultimately lies in the hands of current pharmacy students and trainees. As BPSA President, ensuring these voices are heard and advocated for within the pharmacy world is a key priority. She believes that empowering, and celebrating, the future of the profession instils a sense of identity and pride for pharmacy and strengthens our community. Priyanka works to advocate for the diversity of the pharmacy profession as something to be embraced and celebrated.
PROF MAHENDRA G PATEL OBE
Professor Mahendra G Patel OBE is an eminent pharmacist and academic of national and international profile honouring professorial roles in the UK, Malaysia and USA. He has served as national board member and as Treasurer for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society for many years. He is also member of the Teaching Faculty for Bioethics at UNESCO. Mahendra has several national and international awards to his credit, notably around supporting evidence-based practice, health promotion and health education, and improving health and health inequalities within ethnic minority and underserved communities. He became one of the first to be awarded a Fellowship from NICE, and through pharmacy he received the prestigious Royal Pharmaceutical Society President’s Charter Award, and also became the first to be appointed International Fellow of the Indian Pharmaceutical Society. Mahendra is one of the UK trial leads at the University of Oxford in the world’s largest and fastest recruiting clinical trials in primary care, with the PRINCIPLE and PANORAMIC trials. In the Queen's New Year's Honours 2022, Mahendra was recognised for his outstanding contribution and work in pharmacy and was awarded an OBE.
Eoghan is the Elected Integrated Care Partnership (ICP) Pharmacist for Antrim/Ballymena since 2013. ICPs, are playing a key role in how health and social care services in Northern Ireland are being transformed and are helping to change the way care is delivered. He is a casual lecturer on the MPharm course at Ulster University & Ulster Chemist Association Pharmacy Pre-registration training programme on Enhanced Services, Complementary Medicine and Health & Wellbeing. Eoghan is a second-generation independent contractor, having taken over Bannside Pharmacy from his late father Colm in the County Antrim town of Portglenone in 1993.
Associate Director Contractor Engagement, Community Pharmacy Wales
Aled is a passionate service driven pharmacist with a keen interest in collaboration and a strong belief in the positive impact of community pharmacy on the well-being of local populations. He graduated from Cardiff in 2008, completed postgraduate qualifications at Keele in 2019 and returned to Cardiff last year to complete his independent prescribing qualification. Aled now fits patient facing work around his main role as an engagement officer for Community Pharmacy Wales- providing support for the Welsh community pharmacy network in delivering all elements of their Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework. Twice nominated at the C&D awards for collaborative projects he is passionate about the positive impact of multidisciplinary working. Aled leads on primary care cluster working for CPW in Wales, following pioneering work on development of a collaborative model for pharmacy which is to be mirrored across primary care professions in Wales from 2022.
Sukhy is the Managing Director and Superintendent Pharmacist for an Independent Pharmacy - PharmaCare Pharmacy, this is now one of the country's top 50 busiest pharmacies. She has 22 years of pharmacy experience and has held various external positions including LPC member, PCN Lead for Walsall and lots more. She has been a C& D runner up in past years and is a previous winner of two C& D awards: The Manager of the Year 2020 and Team of the Year 2021.
Claire Steele started her pharmacy career in community pharmacy in her hometown Keighley, West Yorkshire as a Medicine Counter Assistant. After qualifying as a pharmacy technician in 1998, Claire moved to Leeds General Infirmary to commence her hospital pharmacy career in 1999. In 2003, Claire headed north to Inverness to take up what would be the first of many lead pharmacy technician roles in Scotland. Claire has specialized in various hospital pharmacy services including clinical trials, procurement and market access and is now at her sixth Health Board, NHS Fife as the Head of Pharmacy for Medicines Supply and Quality.
As a strong advocate for pharmacy technicians and pharmacy support staff, Claire joined the National Pharmacy Technician Group Scotland (NPTGS), taking on the role of Professional Secretary and Chair of the Communications Group. Claire joined the APTUK Executive Committee in 2021 when she became the APTUK Professional Lead for Scotland while maintaining her NPTGS roles. Claire commenced her tenure as President of APTUK on 1st March 2022 and is determined to ensure pharmacy technicians are represented at the highest level and that best practice and knowledge is shared across the United Kingdom.
Mital is an experienced leader in the community pharmacy sector. He is passionate about innovation and improving patient experience and is an advocate for community pharmacy. Having been a judge for the past three years he is inspired by the fantastic stories and innovations that occur across the Pharmacy landscape and is delighted to see the profession progressing forward. Mital has been previously nominated as the Community Pharmacist of the Year at the C&D Awards 2018 and was part of the winning Team of the Year award in the 2020 C&D Awards ceremony.
Mital's current role focuses specifically on Digital Innovation, identifying new products, services and partnerships to provide consistent growth opportunities and choices for our patients and customers at Well.