Michael Holden read pharmacy at Portsmouth School of Pharmacy. He was awarded a BSc Pharm in 1976 and did his pre-registration year in Lancashire.
Following a number of years in various management positions, Michael established his own community pharmacy group in Hampshire between 1988 and 2002. He then set up a consultancy to support the implementation of change in community pharmacy. In 2005 he was appointed Chief Officer of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Local Pharmaceutical Committee.
Michael has always been actively involved in the expansion of community pharmacy services. He is one of the main drivers behind the development and implementation of the Healthy Living Pharmacy initiative and is an active
member of the Pharmacy and Public Health Forum in England and a number of other leadership groups.
Michael was appointed Chief Executive of the National Pharmacy Association in January 2011 and became a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in March 2011.
Michael is married with three daughters and lives in Hampshire, England.
Jonathan is Clinical Adviser (Medicines) at NHS England: London Region, and Operations Director for the Commonwealth Pharmacists Association. Jonathan is a member of the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia Champion Group, a member of the Malnutrition Task Force, and chair of the NICE Good Practice Guidance Development Group on Patient Group Directions. Jonathan is the former National Clinical Director for Primary Care and Community Pharmacy at the Department of Health, and former Pharmacy Lead for the Dementia Calls to Action at the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement.
Jonathan champions the development of medicines optimisation services which best meet the needs of patients and the public. Jonathan is passionate about the role of community pharmacy in improving the use of medicines and promoting and supporting healthy lifestyles.
Jonathan has a wealth of experience in pharmacy practice including working in hospital and community pharmacy, laboratory-based research into drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics, academia and medicines regulation. He has been working in primary care pharmacy since 1998.
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Lindsey Gilpin is a community locum pharmacist. She founded the online forum and pressure group LocumVoice in 2006, was elected to the PDA Union Executive and the English Pharmacy Board of the RPSGB a year later. She remained on the EPB as Chair through the transition to what she describes as ‘our beautiful new Society’.
Locums see the best and the worst of community pharmacy which gives a unique perspective on how things can be improved. Working together owners, employees, locums etc. with common goals, there is little we could not achieve.
Fin McCaul was born in Northern Ireland and went to Liverpool to Study Pharmacy. Graduating in 1985 he worked for Boots the Chemist for a short period before beginning his independent focused community pharmacy career.
From starting working in a small chain of independent pharmacies, in 1990 he joined the group as a director and shareholder. The group continued to grow and expand the number of pharmacies in the North West. Fin is currently Managing Director of Prestwich Pharmacy in Manchester, a modern, award winning and forward thinking business, using new innovative technology and progressive ideas to help give patients the best service possible.
Fin was one of the founder members and Chairman of the Independent Pharmacy Federation. The IPF was set up to promote the benefits of independent pharmacy and with over 1200 members, is going from strength to strength. Fin is totally committed to the value and strengths of independent community pharmacy and how they can best deliver health care to patients.
He has worked alongside local public health groups to improve services in East Lancashire and Bury and on a national scale attended select committees at the House of Commons to advice on the new NHS bill from a pharmacist’s perspective. Fin also speaks and delivers training at local and national events on a variety of subjects including smoking cessation, weight loss, MUR’s, management training, professional development and change management to give some examples.
Currently Fin works part-time for Bury CCG as long Term conditions lead for the Clinical Commissioning Group. Bury is a forward thinking CCG and this role is challenging working with GP’s, other primary care providers and secondary care providers to reshape local provision for the benefits of the patients in the new NHS.
Fin has recently been voted as the 31st most influential person in community pharmacy.
When time allows, Fin enjoys motorsport and not content with watching, has competed at national and international level, rallying a VW Polo and BMW 1 series and achieving British Champion in 2006 and 2008.
He now lives in Lancashire with his wife Caroline and two teenage children.
Katy has recently completed her pre-registration year at Pickering Pharmacy, Yorcare Limited and was one of the first cohort of students to graduate from the University of Huddersfield in July 2012. Katy has been an active member of the BPSA since starting her MPharm degree in September 2008, and is starting her second term of officer on the BPSA Executive, this year as President. Katy starts as a Rotational Pharmacist at Hull & East Yorkshire Hospitals in August 2013, and has eight years of experience working in the community pharmacy sector. As part of her role as President, Katy represents pharmacy students on the Modernising Pharmacy Careers Board and the UKCPA General Committee, as well as working closely with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and Pharmacists’ Defence Association.
As BPSA Secretary General last year, Katy was part of the Executive responsible for the founding of the BPSA Ambassadors and first Alumni Dinner in June 2013. The Ambassadors were appointed with the purpose of supporting the Executive in achieving the Objects of the Association, as well as providing advice to the Executive and assuring that the Executive act in the best interest of members.
Fiona has worked for one of the multiples for 30 years. She qualified with the Society of Apothecaries in 1985, and was one of the first to join the voluntary register in 2005 to become a pharmacy technician registered with the RPSGB.
She has held a number of management positions, but her passion has always been in pharmacy.
She was elected as the first pharmacy technician to sit on the Welsh Pharmacy Board, and was also the pharmacy technician representative who sat on PRLOG – a group that was set up to oversee the work done by the RPSGB and DH for the establishment of the GPhC.
Fiona is a National Officer for the Association of Pharmacy Technicians (UK), the professional leadership body for pharmacy technicians in the UK. She was their CPD Officer for 2 terms of office, and is now their Secretary. She is also the Chairperson for the Cardiff local branch.
Fiona lives in Cardiff and is married with 2 children.
She is an Honorary member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.
My book ‘Pills, Thrills and Methadone Spills: The Adventures of a Community Pharmacist’ is out now: 5% of sales are going to Pharmacist Support
Helen joined the Royal Pharmaceutical Society on 1 July 2010. Prior to this she held the position of Chief Executive of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, a position she held from 2005.
Helen has a career in health care spanning 30 years. Originally training as a nurse at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London, she progressed through a number of senior clinical and managerial positions, including the roles of Executive Director of Operations /Chief Nurse and Chief Executive at Hillingdon Hospital and then from 2000-2005 she was Chief Executive at Queen Mary’s Sidcup NHS Trust.
Helen holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Henley and, being passionate about supporting and developing people, she trained as an executive coach through the Institute of Leadership and Management.
She contributes to higher education as a Governor for Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication and is currently Chair of the Audit Committee there. She served on the Council of the School of Pharmacy in London until its merger with UCL in 2012.
She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine.