We've carefully curated a roster of trailblazers of the profession, who'll inform and inspire you across our four streams and through keynote speeches. Learn more about who's speaking at Annual Conference 2017. 

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Lord Victor Adebowale CBE

Chief Executive, Turning Point
Non-Executive Director, NHS England

Victor has been Chief Executive of Turning Point since 2001. 

Victor is a champion for the cause of those affected by poverty, mental ill health, drugs, alcohol addictions, a learning disability and those with cross cutting and complex needs. He is a Visiting Professor and Chancellor at the University of Lincoln, holds numerous honorary doctorates as well as being a Fellow of the City & Guilds of London Institute, an associate member of the Health Service Management Centre at the University of Birmingham and a non Executive Director of NHS England. 

In 2000, Victor was awarded the CBE in the New Year Honours List for services to the New Deal, the unemployed, and homeless young people and in 2001, he was appointed a cross bench member of the House of Lords.

 The reality of healthcare change
Monday, 3pm - 3:30pm


Andrew Evans MRPharmS

Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, Welsh Government

Appointed as Chief Pharmaceutical Officer in August 2016, Andrew is a public health specialist who prior to appointment had been Principal Pharmacist at the Welsh Government since 2011. Previously Andrew held a variety of positions within Public Health Wales NHS Trust and Local Health Boards in Wales.

 Chief Pharmaceutical Officers' Address & Q&A
Monday, 2pm - 3:30pm
 Transformative practices for developing the workforce
Sunday, 2pm - 3:30pm


Professor Ashok Soni OBE FRPharmS

President, Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Ashok Soni OBE, is the Clinical Network Lead for Lambeth CCG. He also serves as the pharmacy and dentistry Board member for Health Education South London.

Ashok qualified as a pharmacist in 1984 and in 1990 he became one of the first pharmacists to work on a sessional basis for his local GP surgery and worked with them on developing formularies of best practice across a number of therapeutic areas.

In 2006, Ashok was part of the group that looked at the implementation of independent prescribing by pharmacists and following the development and launch of the curriculum he qualified as an independent prescriber in 2007.

In 2011, Ashok was appointed to the NHS Future Forum as the first pharmacist representative to review the proposed Health and Social Care Bill. Ashok was previously Chair of the National Pharmacy Association and was Vice Chair of the English Pharmacy Board of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

In July 2017, Ashok was elected President of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society's Assembly.

 Presidential address
Sunday, 11am - 12:30pm


Dr Keith Ridge CBE

Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, NHS England

Dr Keith Ridge was appointed Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for NHS England in April 2013. 

His role supports the Department of Health, broader Government and Health Education England. He is head of profession for the pharmacy professions and the principal advisor on pharmacy and medicines use. He leads on issues such as medicines optimisation, pharmacy educational reform and transforming pharmacy practice in line with the NHS’s Five Year Forward View. From 2006, Keith was Chief Pharmaceutical Officer at the Department of Health. 

In 2014 New Year Honours list, Keith was awarded CBE for services to the pharmacy profession and patients.

 Chief Pharmaceutical Officers' Address & Q&A
Monday, 2:20 pm - 3:00pm


Paul Bennett FRPharmS

Chief Executive Officer, Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Paul is a graduate of both Bradford (Pharmacy) and The Open University (Law) and is a past Superintendent Pharmacist of Safeway Stores PLC, Alliance Pharmacy and Boots UK. 

He has been a long standing board member of the CCA and of the PSNC and is a past Chairman of both the English Pharmacy Board of the RPS and of the NPA and more recently as past Chairman of Pharmacy Voice.

In September 2014, he took on the role of Chief Officer of Hampshire & Isle of Wight LPC, and will take up the role of RPS's CEO in July 2017. Paul became a Fellow of the RPS in 2013.

 Chief Executive's welcome
Sunday, 11am - 11:10am

Professor John Watson

Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health

Professor John Watson was appointed deputy Chief Medical Officer for the Department of Health in October 2013.

He was previously Head of Respiratory Diseases at Public Health England’s Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance and Control.

Professor Watson’s main focus will be health protection, including immunisation, anti-microbial resistance and emergency preparedness and response.

 Update on AMR in the UK
Monday, 9:30 am - 11am

Tim Banner MFRPSII MRPharmS

Consultant Pharmacist, Community Healthcare (All Wales), Cardiff & Vale University Health Board

Tim’s main areas of responsibility include providing leadership on issues relating to the practice of continuing care pharmacy services across Wales and responsibility for leading future development and co-ordination of NHS managed continuing care pharmacy services in line with the Welsh Government.

The role of pharmacy supporting new national care homes enhanced service
Monday, 9:30am - 11am 

Dr Lawrence Brad


Lawrence has had education related roles with Dorset CCG, mentorship roles with nurses and pharmacists,and was on the executive committee of the Wessex GP Education Trust for 11 years. 

He is working with the Wessex AHSN on the new national polypharmacy prescribing comparators.

Dr Brad’s interests are education, knowledge transition, learning organisations and developing the capability of the multidisciplinary primary health care team.

Snapshot review of new, alternative and emerging roles for the profession
Sunday, 4pm - 5:30pm

Malcolm Harrison MRPharmS

Senior Manager, Projects and Contracts Development, Boots UK

Malcolm is a registered pharmacist and a member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.  He is also a Fellow of the NHS Innovation Accelerator programme, working with the NHS and the Academic Health Science Networks to develop new ways in which innovation and technology can be brought to market at scale within the NHS. Malcolm holds a CIPR Diploma in Public Affairs and is a trustee for the charity Pharmacy Research UK.

NIA, Sore Throat Test & Treat service and the wider role of community pharmacy in the AMR stewardship agenda
Monday, 9:30 - 11am


Dr Rani Khatib FRPharmS

Consultant Pharmacist in Cardiology & Cardiovascular Clinical Research, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust 

Dr Rani Khatib practiced clinical pharmacy for over 17 years with a wealth of experience in the development and delivery of pharmaceutical care.

Currently he leads on various pharmacy-led medicines optimisation projects at a consultant pharmacist level at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (LTHT). Academically, he lectured at King’s College London and the University of Leeds, developing and delivering modules and courses in clinical pharmacy and medicines optimisation to undergraduate and post-graduate pharmacists, nurses, doctors, and cardio-physiologists. 

Pharmacists leading integrated care in cardiovascular disease – interactive talk
Sunday, 2pm - 2:30pm

Dr Jacqueline Sneddon

Project Lead, Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group, Scottish Medicines Consortium

Dr. Sneddon is professional project lead for the Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group (SAPG) which is a national clinical multi-disciplinary forum, tasked with co-ordinating a national framework for antimicrobial stewardship to enhance the quality of antimicrobial prescribing and infection treatment across all care settings in Scotland.

She was a topic expert for the NICE Antimicrobial Resistance Public Health Advisory Committee guideline on changing public behaviours around antibiotic use. 

Dr. Sneddon focuses on development of education resources on antimicrobial stewardship for health and care staff, hospital prescribing indicators to support reduction of Clostridium difficile infection and development of various national consensus guidance on antimicrobial use.

 Antimicrobial resistance
Monday, 9:30am - 11am

Professor Ian Bates FFRPS FRPharmS

Professor of Pharmacy Education, UCL School of Pharmacy

Professor Ian Bates holds the Chair of Pharmacy Education at the UCL School of Pharmacy as Head of Educational Development.

Professor Bates is the Director of Education Development for the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP). He is a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health, and a Trustee for the European Pharmaceutical Students’ Association. He was awarded Fellowship of the International Pharmaceutical Federation in 2012 in recognition of global leadership in education and workforce. 

 Transformative practices for developing the workforce
Sunday, 2pm - 3:30pm

Nigel Clarke

Chair, General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)

Nigel Clarke became Chair of the General Pharmaceutical Council in 2014.

Previously he was Chair of General Osteopathic Council and on the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence. Nigel is senior partner, Learned Lion Partners; Board Chair, Oxford BioElectronics; and serves on the Board of European Society of Cardiology.

GPhC's vision for revalidation – journey for pharmacy
Monday, 9:30am - 11am

Claire Howard FFRPS FRPharmS

Independent Consult in Pharmaceutical Health Care & Clinical Lead, Medicines Optimisation Wessex AHSN

Clare has held management roles in a number of NHS primary & community care settings. In her role as Strategic Health Authority Pharmaceutical Adviser, she led successful regional QIPP and medication safety programmes both of which gained national recognition, including a Gold NHS Innovation Challenge Prize in 2012, and led to Clare taking on the role of National Lead for the Medicines use and Procurement QIPP Programme for DH.

Workforce and Career Development (Chair)
Sunday & Monday


Dr. Terry Maguire FRPharmS

Honorary Senior Lecturer, Queen's University Belfast

Dr. Maguire is Honorary Senior Lecturer in the School of Pharmacy at the Queen’s University, Belfast, Ireland. He was until recently Chair of the Health and Social Care Board of the Belfast Local Commissioning Group and owns and operates 2 community pharmacies in Belfast. Dr. Maguire received his PhD in Pharmacology from the Queen’s University, Belfast. 

Obesity: A current health challenge
Sunday, 4pm - 5:30pm

Dr. Michael Twigg MRPharmS

Lecturer in Primary Care Pharmacy, University of East Anglia

Michael is a practicing community and academic pharmacist in Norwich. His research primarily focuses on using qualitative methods to understand how community pharmacy can play a role in supporting patients with long terms conditions working closely with the wider primary care team. He was recently involved in evaluating the Community Pharmacy Future services together with colleagues at UEA.

Snapshot review of new, alternative and emerging roles for the profession
Sunday, 4pm - 5:30pm


Professor Christine Bond

Emeritus Professor, Centre of Academic Primary Care, Division of Applied Health Sciences, University of Aberdeen

Christine has been awarded well over 100 grants and has over 200 publications relating to a  large portfolio of pharmacy practice research on the contribution of pharmacy to the evidence based  cost effective use of medicines (prescribed and ‘OTC’), drug misuse, the community pharmacist-general practitioner interface and the wider health care agenda.

She has served on many national research panels. She is currently, a member of Pharmacy Research UK Steering Group, and Chair of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great  Britain Expert Advisory Panel for Science.

 Review of the Care Homes Independent Pharmacist Prescribing Study (CHIPPS)
Monday, 9:30am - 11am

Paul Forsyth

Lead Pharmacist - Clinical Cardiology (Primary Care) / Heart Failure Specialist, West Glasgow ACH 

Paul worked as a Heart Failure Pharmacist from 2004 before becoming Lead Pharmacist for Clinical Cardiology in Primary Care in 2016.

He is co-chair of the UKCPA Heart Failure Group and is also an Observer on the Board of the British Society for Heart Failure. In a clinical capacity, he has developed pharmacist-led clinics for post-MI patients with left ventricular systolic dysfunction across seven hospitals and adjoining primary care localities in NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde. 

The Journey of a Prescribing Pharmacist and Leading Change
Sunday, 1pm - 1:45pm

Sommaya Hussain

Pharmacy Team Leader, ‎Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust

Sommaya joined Oxleas Prison services in 2016 as the Deputy Chief Pharmacist. Providing Pharmacy Services to Prisons in Greenwich and Kent; 9 Prisons, 1 STC and 1 Juvenile/YOI. Prior to this, Sommaya was the Lead Pharmacist for E&T/Antibiotics at Princess Royal-KCH. Sommaya started her career as Lead Dispensary Pharmacist, QEH-Woolwich.

Snapshot review of new, alternative and emerging roles for the profession - Prisons
Sunday, 4pm - 5:30pm

Philip Newland-Jones

Consultant pharmacist - Diabetes and Endocrinology, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

Philip is is a current chair of the UKCPA Diabetes and Endocrinology Group and Chairs the regional Diabetic subgroup of the District Prescribing Committee. At Southampton he takes a leading role in the trusts patient improvement framework for diabetes with numerous patient safety projects.

At a national level he is the lead pharmacist for NHS England Diabetes and Endocrinology Clinical Reference Group, is a member of the Diabetes UK professional council and sits on the Diabetes Parliamentary Think Tank. He is also a specialist advisor to the CQC for diabetes in secondary and intermediate care services.  In 2015 he was awarded the National Leadership in PPS.

Sunday, 4pm - 5:30pm


Helen Vosper

Learning Enhancement Co-ordinator, School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences, Robert Gordon University

Helen Vosper is a Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Sciences in the School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. She primarily teaches undergraduate pharmacy students and is also a Graduate Member of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors. These interests are combined in her research concerning patient safety education.

 Human factors and ergonomics skills development to support patient safety in pharmaceutical care
Sunday, 2pm - 3:30pm

Dr Matthew Boyd

Assistant Professor in patient Safety and Pharmacy Practice, University of Nottingham

Matthew Boyd has been an academic at the Nottingham Pharmacy School for 11 years and has research interests in medication safety and use. Matthew started his career in community pharmacy prior to moving to academia. 

He is also Vice Chair of PLEA, the Pharmacy Law and Ethics Association   

 National evaluation of GP pharmacists
Monday, 9:30am - 11am


Mike Hannay MRPharmS

Managing director, Academic Health Science Network

Mike is Managing Director of the Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) in the East Midlands.   The AHSNs were established by NHS England in 2013 to spread innovation at pace and scale - improving health and generating economic growth by bringing together the NHS, Universities, Industry and Social Care to transform the health of our nation.

Health Challenges of our Time (Chair)
Sunday & Monday


Christopher John

Workforce Development Support, RPS

Chris has spent over 25 years in the NHS; hospital pharmacy in clinical and managerial roles, education and training (regional services) and workforce planning for the NHS Workforce Review Team.   

Chris has been workforce development lead at RPS since 2011 working on thought leadership, consultation responses and standards/guidance relating to the workforce.

 Workforce development: Right number, place and time
Monday, 2pm - 3:30pm

Dr Patricia Oakley

Director, Practices Made Perfect

Dr Oakley has 30 years health and public service experience in both operational and policy research and development areas.

She has worked extensively with Policy-makers, Board Directors and Senior Staff, and with clinical and specialist practitioners, in developing their strategic management approaches for service changes and developing human resource management.  

 Transformative practices for developing the workforce
Sunday, 2pm - 3:30pm

Steven Williams

Senior Clinical Pharmacist, Westbourne Medical Centre & The Adam Practice

Steve worked in hospital pharmacy for 25 years in the NorthWest of England. He worked clinically as a non-medical prescriber in both the acute medical unit and in diabetes outpatients and was a medication safety officer. 

Since July 2017 he has worked in two GP practices in Poole driven by the need to protect all patients from the biggest medication safety problem of all – problematic polypharmacy in an ageing population with multi-morbidity.  

Snapshot review of new, alternative and emerging roles for the profession - GP Practices
Sunday, 4pm - 5:30pm