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GPhC Council members



Chair - Nigel Clarke


Nigel Clarke is the Chair of the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). He formally started the role in March 2014 after his appointment by the Privy Council.


Mr Clarke served on the General Osteopathic Council from its inception in 1996 until 2008, and was chair from 2001 to 2007. He was also a member of the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence (now the Professional Standards Authority) from 2003 to 2008. This is the oversight body for the nine health professions regulators, including the GPhC.


In 2007 he chaired the Independent Inquiry into a Future Professional Body for Pharmacy and then the Transitional Committee, which created the prospectus for the reformed Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS).


Mr Clarke is chairman of social media analysis business, Trufflenet; senior partner of Learned Lion Partners; and a non-executive director of ULTra Global Limited, a company which designs and operates personal rapid transit (PRT) systems.

Declaration of interests - Nigel Clarke [PDF 39.82 KB]


Alan Kershaw

Alan is Chair of ILEX Professional Standards Ltd, the regulatory arm of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) and his executive career included 15 years with the General Medical Council and 8 years as Chief Executive Officer of the Council for the Registration of Forensic Practitioners.

Previous non-executive appointments include positions with:

  • Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors
  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
  • Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain
  • General Osteopathic Council
  • Solicitors Regulation Authority
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council

Declaration of interests - Alan Kershaw [PDF 91.91 KB]


Evelyn McPhail

Evelyn is the Director of Pharmacy for NHS Fife and is therefore responsible for providing strategic and clinical leadership, working with partner organisations on the delivery and development of pharmaceutical services.

Current appointments include:

  • Member of Strathclyde University and NHS Joint Board
  • Chair of NHS National Education for Scotland East Region Training Group
  • Chair of the Accountable Officers Network Scotland
  • Chair of the NHS Scotland Directors of Pharmacy Group

Previous appointments include:

  • Chair of the Accountable Officer for Controlled Drugs Network
  • Scottish Chair on the CQG Controlled Drug Group

Declaration of interests [PDF 45.36 KB]


Digby Emson OBE

Digby has significant non-executive experience, notably as Chair of the Company Chemists Association for 12 years and a non-executive director for Surecalm Healthcare. 

Current appointments include

  • Chairman of Buttercups Training

Previous appointments include:

  • Director of Professional Services at Boots
  • Executive director at Boots
  • RPSGB Council member
  • Member of Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee
  • Chair of RPS Publications Group

Declaration of interests [PDF 74.11 KB]


Sarah Brown

Sarah is a non-executive director with experience in the public and not-for-profit sectors. Sarah worked for the Department of Trade and Industry for over 30 years, in a variety of senior positions, including Director of Company Law and Head of Small Firms and Business Links.

Her current appointments include:

  • Special adviser, Bar Standards Board
  • Trustee, the Horder Centre
  • Audit Committee Chair for Parkinson's UK

Previous public appointments include:

  • Lay member, Bar Standards Board
  • Member of the Competition Commission
  • Non-executive director, Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office
  • Member, Accountancy and Actuarial Discipline Board
  • Vice Chair of South West Kent NHS PCT
  • Director, Financial Services Compensation Scheme
  • Member of the RPSGB's Investigating Committee

Declaration of interests


Soraya Dhillon MBE

Soraya is Dean of the School of Life and Medical Sciences at the University of Hertfordshire.

Her current appointments include:

  • Member of the DH Medical Education England - Modernising Pharmacy Careers Programme Board
  • Member NHS Research Ethics Herts and Welwyn
  • Fellow of the RPS, which recognises her expertise in the science and practice of pharmacy
  • Fellowship of London School of Pharmacy (UCL)

Previous appointments include:

  • Foundation Professor and Head of the School of Pharmacy at the University of Hertfordshire
  • Vice Chairman Pharmacy School's Council (formerly Council of Heads of School's of Pharmacy CUHOPS) 2010-2012
  • Chair of Luton and Dunstable NHS Foundation Trust, 1999-2010
  • Director of Taught Postgraduate Studies at the London School of Pharmacy
  • Regional Specialist Pharmacist for North East Thames RHA and Whittington Hospital London
  • Vice-Chair and non-executive director of Bedfordshire Health Authority
  • Member of the Working Party on Professional Regulation and Leadership in pharmacy led by Lord Carter of Coles
  • She received her MBE for services to healthcare in 2007 and was awarded the RPSGB's Charter Gold Medal for Pharmacy in 2008, in recognition of her pharmacy experience and academic achievements, both here and overseas

Declaration of interests


Mary Elford

Mary is a Non-Executive Director of East London NHS Foundation Trust, providing mental health and community services. 
Current appointments include:

  • Vice Chair of East London NHS Foundation Trust 
  • Non executive director of Health Education England
  • Lay adviser, Department of Health
  • Member of the National Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards

Previous appointments include:

  •     Non-Executive Director, Barts & the London NHS Trust
  •     Range of executive roles with the John Lewis Partnership
  •     Trustee of the Camden Society for People with learning disabilities
  •     Trustee of Keen London for children with disabilities
  •     Business mentor for the Prince's Trust
  •     Council member, Queen Mary, University of London

Declaration of interests - Mary Elford [PDF 35.41 KB]


Christina Funnell

Christina’s appointments include:

  • City of York Councillor in 2011 (elected for a four-year term)
  • Chair of the City of York Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee
  • Trustee of York Council for Voluntary Service
  • Non Executive Director of Be Independent a community interest company providing
  • equipment loads and telecare services

Previous appointments include:

  • Part-time consultant as patient engagement officer with Patient Opinion
  • Lay member of the Richard Neale Inquiry
  • Chief Executive of the National Eczema Society and the Skin Care Campaign
  • Organising Secretary for the Health Coalition Initiative
  • Lay member of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
  • Chair of the NMC Fitness to Practise Investigations and Interim Order Panel
  • Patient involvement consultant for the North and East Yorks and North Lincs
  • Strategic Health Authority

Declaration of interests


Mohammed Hussain

Mohammed is the Clinical Safety Assurance Manager at the Electronic Prescription Service in the DH Informatics Directorate, Department of Health

Current appointments include:

  • Independent member, Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire
  • Director, White Rose Pharmacy Services Ltd (independent community pharmacy)
  • Sessional work as a community pharmacist.

Previous appointments include:

  • Member, investigating committee, RPSGB
  • Head of Community Pharmacy Services, Leeds PCT

Declaration of interests


Elizabeth Kay

Liz is currently Clinical Director, Medicines Management and Pharmacy Services at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. Within her role at the trust, she is responsible for over 440 staff and a medicine expenditure budget of £100m.

Other current appointments include:

  • Visiting professor of Pharmaceutical Care at the University of Leeds

Previous appointments include:

  • Chair of the Association of Teaching Hospital Pharmacists
  • External examiner at the Medway School of Pharmacy
  • Member of the RPSGB's Appointments Group
  • Chair of the Hospital Pharmacists Group at the RPSGB
  • General Manager, Elective Care at Leeds General Infirmary
  • Director of Clinical Pharmacy at Leeds General Infirmary
  • Director of Pharmacy Training and Research at Leeds General Infirmary

Declaration of interests


Dr Berwyn Owen

Berwyn is the Clinical Director of Pharmacy & Medicines Management at the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.

Current appointments include:

  • Chair, Health Professional Forum , Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
  • Associate board member, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
  • Director, National Medicines Management Programme, NHS Wales & Welsh Government
  • Member, All Wales Medicines Strategy Steering Group
  • Honorary Senior Lecturer, Prifysgol Bangor University
  • Sessional community pharmacy locum and hospital pharmacist

Previous appointments include:

  • Chair, Welsh Pharmaceutical Committee
  • Member, Ministerial Pharmacy Strategic Group

Declaration of interests - Berwyn Owen [PDF 35.55 KB]


David Prince CBE

David is an accountant and a member of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, and has a portfolio of Non Executive Director appointments, with an audit & risk specialism. He has experience at a strategic management/chief executive level with the Audit Commission and local authorities. 

Current appointments include:

  •  Independent member, audit & corporate governance, Care Quality Commission

Previous appointments include: 

  •    Independent member, governance, risk & audit committee, Bar Standards Board
  •    Independent member, audit & risk committee, General Osteopathic Council
  •    Chair, audit & risk committee and Member, Leicestershire Police Authority and chair, interim joint audit & risk committee for the police and crime commissioner
  •    Council member and chair of audit & risk committee, General Social Care Council
  •    Chief Executive, Standards Board for England
  •    Managing Director, strategy and resources, Audit Commission
  •    Chief Executive, Leicestershire County Council

Declaration of interests


Samantha Quaye

Samantha is the Chief Pharmacy Technician, Clinical Services, at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. 

Previous appointments include:

  • Hon. Secretary, APTUK
  • GPhC Fitness to Practise Committee Member
  • Member, Stakeholder User Advisory Board, CPPE

Declaration of interests - Samantha Quaye [PDF 35.63 KB]


Judith Worthington

Judy's previous public appointments include her role as a non-executive director at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust where she chaired the Governance and Risk Committee until 2009; she was a magistrate and Court Chair of the Melton and Rutland Bench where she had been since 1991. Her background is in education, training and inspection in the healthcare sector and her current interests include professional systems regulation in the legal, healthcare and accountancy sectors, and their role in protecting the public.
Current appointments :

  •     Member of the Medical Practitioners’ Tribunal Service (MPTS) Advisory Committee
  •     Chair of the Leicester Medical School student fitness to practise committee
  •     Chair, professional conduct committee, General Osteopathic Council
  •     Appeal panel member, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
  •     Member of the Taxation Disciplinary Board investigation committee
  •     Independent member of the Bar Standards Board governance, risk and audit committee
  •     Lay assessor , National Clinical Assesment Service (NCAS)
  •     Lay reviewer, Royal College of Surgeons Invited Review Mechanism

Former appointments include:

  •     Lay member of the General Medical Council
  •     Chair of the General Medical Council fitness to practise panels
  •     Deputy Chair of the Investigating Committee of the RPSGB
  •     Member of the General Chiropractic Council and audit committee chair

Declaration of interests - Judith Worthington [PDF 36.56 KB]



Outgoing Council members*:


Gordon Dykes (Council member September 2011 - March 2014)


Keith Wilson (Council member March 2010- March 2014)


Ray Jobling (Council member March 2010-March 2014)




* Outgoing Council members may include members whose terms of office have expired or members who chose not to reapply.