Royal Pharmaceutical Society Awards 2013

RPS Awards 2013 Winners

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society awards programme celebrates and acknowledges the achievements of teams and individuals within the pharmacy profession. 

Eleven members of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society were handed awards at the RPS conference annual dinner in Birmingham on 8 September 2013, attended by around 500 guests.

Excellence across the whole pharmacy profession was acknowledged, with chief executive of the RPS Helen Gordon saying she was delighted to recognise the achievements of members. “The innovative and proactive approach they demonstrate towards improving patient care is genuinely inspiring,” she added. 

Award winners

Nick Barber

Lifetime Achievement Award

Nicholas Barber
Director of research and evaluation at The Health Foundation


Professor Nick Barber, who is Director of Research and Evaluation, The Health Foundation and Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Department of Practice and Policy at UCL School of Pharmacy continues to have a huge influence within pharmacy and in the wider academic and health research sphere. He began his career in academia, as a lecturer in Pharmacology at Chelsea, after which he moved into an education and training role within hospital pharmacy then into hospital pharmacy leadership.

He returned to academia as a Senior Lecturer at the School of Pharmacy combined with a Regional Director of Clinical Pharmacy Development role for the NW Thames RHA. In 1992 he became a professor and founded the Department of Practice and Policy at the School of Pharmacy which he led until 2008. His professorial role at UCL continues since he was appointed as Director of Research and Evaluation at the Health Foundation while retaining his professorial role at the UCL School of Pharmacy. 

Nick Barber has undertaken a wide range of academic roles around the world, for example as Visiting Professor to Harvard School of Medicine, Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics, Member of the Pharmacy panel for RAE, Membership of the Editorial Advisory Group for BMJ Quality and Safety. His professional roles have also been extensive including membership of the National Patient Safety Forum, membership of the NICE NHE Evidence Medicines Information Reference Group, membership of the MPC programme board and MEE.

A former vice president of the Society’s predecessor, the RPSGB, Nick Barber is particularly well known for presenting BBC 2’s series ‘The Victorian Pharmacy’.

He has been awarded the Gold Medal by the Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists for his outstanding contributions to pharmacy in the health service, the first academic to win this in over 50 years. In addition to becoming a Fellow of the RPS he has also been given an award in Recognition of Excellence in Pharmacy Practice by the University of Utrecht. His influence and opinion continues to shape pharmacy practice and enhance the pharmacy profession.

Eric Tomlinson

Lifetime Achievement Award

Eric Tomlinson
Chief innovation officer at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Centre in the US

Dr Eric Tomlinson
, is the President of the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter and Chief Innovation Officer for Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, one of the largest urban research parks in the United States focused on bioscience and information technology and designated as the top economic project of the region.

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center includes the medical education and research components of Wake Forest School of Medicine, which is ranked among the nation’s best medical schools and is a leading national research centre in several fields, including regenerative medicine, cancer, neuroscience, aging, addiction, and public health sciences.

He attained a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from the University of London in 1968, completed a Doctorate in drug design in 1971, and a Doctor of Science degree in 1988. Between 1975 and 2001, he held academic appointments at four European universities and was a visiting Fulbright-Hays scholar at Ohio State University. He authored or co-authored 230 research publications and co-founded the journal “Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews”.

In 1984, Eric Tomlinson joined Ciba-Geigy Pharmaceuticals in Horsham, Sussex as worldwide head of advanced drug delivery research. There he created strategic plans, recruited staff and developed site-specific drug delivery products.

In 1990, he became CEO and president of Somatix Corporation in Cambridge, Mass. in the USA and led the private company’s merger with Hana Biologics in 1991, creating the first publicly traded gene therapy company. From 1992 to 1999, he was CEO and president of GeneMedicine, Inc. in Woodlands, Texas, and held the same position at Altea Therapeutics Corporation in Atlanta from 2002 to 2011. During this period, he raised more than US$160m in private and public equity, oversaw development of numerous therapeutic products, led a merger of one company and sale of the other, and served on national and state biotechnology advisory boards.

UK armed forces operational pharmacy team

Special Recognition Award

The UK armed forces operational pharmacy team in Afghanistan


Peter Suen

Leadership in Pharmacy Award

Peter Suen
Chief Pharmacist at ActiveCare Pharmacy, Hong Kong



Chris Howland-Harris

Public Health Pharmacist of the Year

Chris Howland-Harris
Superintendent Pharmacist at Ashgrove Pharmacy



Aneurin Bevan

Local Practice Forum of the Year

Aneurin Bevan LPF in Wales, led by Mike Curson, Head of Pharmacy and Medicines Management
at Aneurin Bevan Health Board



Barry Jubraj

Excellence in Education Award

Barry Jubraj
Lead Pharmacist for academic studies and professional development at Chelsea and Westminster
NHS Foundation Trust

David Cowan

Pharmaceutical Scientist of the Year

David Cowan
Director of the Drug Control Centre, Department of Forensic and Analytical Science, King's
College London

Sue Shaw

Clinical Pharmacist of the Year

Sue Shaw
Advanced Renal Services Pharmacist at Royal Derby Hospital



Lauren Rose

Preregistration Trainee of the Year

Lauren Rose
Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust



Sara Dhanji

Student of the Year

Sara Dhanji
Undergraduate student, University College London School of Pharmacy