GPhC Council members

The Council consists of 14 members equally split between registrant members (pharmacists or pharmacy technicians) and lay members (people who have never been registered as healthcare professionals). This allows the Council to reflect the diversity of the profession and the wider public and to bring in knowledge and experience from both inside and outside pharmacy.

All Council members are appointed and are required to act independently from the government, professionals and all other interest groups.

This page provides brief biographies of the chair, Nigel Clarke, and the members of our Council. We have also included a registers of interest for each member which publicly lists their financial and other interests that could potentially conflict with their role as a Council member.

Council members

Click on each name below to find out more:

Chair - Nigel Clarke

Neil Buckley

Selina Ullah

Mark Hammond

Penny Hopkins

Professor Ann Jacklin

Joanne Kember

Rose Marie Parr

Elizabeth Mailey

Dr Rima Makarem

Yousaf Ahmad

Dr Arun Midha

Aamer Safdar

Jayne Salt


Chair - Nigel Clarke

Nigel Clarke is the Chair of the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). He started the role in March 2014 after he was appointed by the Privy Council.

Mr Clarke served on the General Osteopathic Council from when it was set up in 1996 until 2008, and he 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 senior partner of Learned Lion Partners; chairs the Boards of medical research business Oxford BioElectronics and diagnostics business Attomarker Ltd; and serves on the Advocacy Committee of the European Society of Cardiology.

Nigel Clarke - declaration of interests [PDF 958 KB]


Neil Buckley

GPhC Council member, Neil Buckley

Neil has a number of non-executive appointments. He is chair of the Regulation Board of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries and a lay board member of the Valuation Tribunal Service. Prior to pursuing a plural career, Neil was Chief Executive of the Legal Services Board, the oversight regulator for the legal professions in England and Wales. 

Neil Buckley - declaration of interests [PDF 879 KB]


Selina Ullah

GPhC Council member, Selina Ullah

Selina Ullah has over 25 years’ non-executive board experience. Selina is deputy chair and senior independent director of a large NHS hospital trust, board member of Locala Community Partnerships CIC, non-executive director of Accent Group and chair of various charities. 

Selina has experience in regulation, professional standards and education, chairing board sub-committees on standards, education and workforce.

Selina Ullah - declaration of interests [PDF 840 KB]
 


Mark Hammond

GPhC Council member, Mark Hammond

Mark is currently Vice Chair of the West Sussex Clinical Commission Group and a Visiting Professor in Public Policy at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Current appointments include:

  • Director at Georgetown Associates Ltd.
  • Trustee at the Council for At Risk Academics
  • Company Secretary of GeoCultura Ltd
  • Visiting fellow, Bath University
  • Non-executive Board Member of the Crown Prosecution Service

Previous appointments include:

  • Chief Executive at the Equality and Human Rights Commission
  • Chief Executive at West Sussex County Council
  • Appointments in the Civil Service and the Diplomatic ServiceCEO at the Equality and Human Rights Commission

Mark Hammond - declaration of interests [PDF 879 KB]


Penny Hopkins

GPhC Council member, Penny Hopkins
Penny has extensive experience working as a pharmacy technician in both the NHS and private sector, and has held Chief or Lead Pharmacy Technician roles at several NHS Trusts. She is currently National Healthcare Development Executive at AAH Pharmaceuticals.

Penny Hopkins - declaration of interests [PDF 874 KB] 


Professor Ann Jacklin

GPhC Council member, Professor Ann Jacklin

Ann is currently the Lead for the Data and Information workstream of the National Wound Care Strategy Programme. She was appointed by Lord Carter to lead pharmacy and medicines sections of his operational productivity reviews in acute trusts (2016) and mental health and community trusts (2018), based initially in the Department of Health and then in NHS Improvement.

Ann has extensive experience in hospital pharmacy and was Chief Pharmacist at Imperial College Healthcare for over 20 years. She created and leads the Centre for Medicines Safety and Service Quality, a joint academic pharmacy unit between University College London and Imperial College Healthcare Trust and is a visiting professor at Imperial College London.

Ann Jacklin - declaration of interests [PDF 848 KB]


Joanne Kember

GPhC Council member, Joanne Kember

Joanne has been registered as a pharmacist since 1980 and has worked in many different environments, both hospital and retail. She was previously the pharmacist in charge of a retail pharmacy for a number of years. In March 2017 Joanne took up the role of lead pharmacist for the North Wales Controlled Drug Intelligence Forum. This role was extended in 2018 to that of Controlled Drug pharmacist for North Wales and National Lead for the Controlled Drug Local Intelligence Networks. Joanne has also taken up a role with the regulator for Social Care in Wales which has enable d her to continue to advance her interest in an integrated approach to health and social care.

Joanne Kember - declaration of interests [PDF 845 KB]


Rose Marie Parr

GPhC Council member, Rose Marie Parr

Rose Marie Parr has been the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for Scotland since 2015 and will be retiring from that role in July 2020. Rose Marie was previously chair of the Scottish Pharmacy Board of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB) and chair of the GPhC’s Board of Assessors, which oversees the registration assessment. 

Rose Marie has also held posts in hospital pharmacy and roles at NHS Education for Scotland. Rose Marie also holds honorary professorships at both Scottish schools of pharmacy – Strathclyde University and Robert Gordon University.

Rose Marie Parr - declaration of interests [PDF 855 KB]


Elizabeth Mailey

GPhC Council member, Elizabeth Mailey

Elizabeth has been registered as a pharmacist since 1984 and has worked in many different environments within healthcare. These include Pharmaceutical and Medical Diagnostics industries, Management Consultancy, Public Relations, Government Affairs, Community Pharmacy and Hospital Pharmacy in both the NHS and private sector.

Current appointments include:

  • Specialist Mental Health Pharmacist working with Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Justice of the Peace appointed to the Northern Sussex bench
  • Ambassador for Blood Cancer UK – specialist blood cancer charity

Elizabeth Mailey - declaration of interests [PDF 853 KB] 


Dr Rima Makarem

GPhC Council member, Dr Rima Makarem

Rima is a healthcare executive with a portfolio of non-executive directorships in health, social care and higher education. She is currently External Commissioner and Audit Chair at the House of Commons Commission as well as Senior Independent Director and Audit Chair at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

Current appointments include:

  • Independent Chair of Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes integrated care system

Rima Makarem - declaration of interests [PDF 848 KB]


Yousaf Ahmad

GPhC Council member, Yousaf Ahmad

Yousaf Ahmad is currently Chief Pharmacist of Care UK Healthcare group that covers primary, secondary, health in justice and residential care. Yousaf has extensive experience within secondary care, having worked primarily in large acute health boards in Scotland and in the Middle East. He has represented pharmacy at a national level through committee memberships with UKCPA and the RPS bodies.

Yousaf Ahmad - declaration of interests [PDF 849 KB]


Dr Arun Midha

GPhC Council member, Dr Arun Midha

Arun has built a portfolio of public roles in the fields of regulation, governance, health and education.

Current appointments include:

  • Chair of retrospective continuing healthcare reviews in Wales
  • A case examiner for the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
  • Lay member of the professional conduct committee, Bar Standards Board
  • Member of the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales
  • Trustee of the Wales Rugby Charitable Trust

Previous appointments include:

  • Director of Strategy and Resources at the School of Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education, Cardiff University
  • A member of the General Medical Council where he was also Treasurer and Chair of Resources
  • A GMC lay screener of complaints made against doctors and member of the Health and Care Professions Council
  • He has served as a Justice of the Peace and was High Sheriff of South Glamorgan in 2012
  • Welsh Rugby Union referee

Arun Midha- declaration of interests [PDF 861 KB]


Aamer Safdar

GPhC Council member, Aamer Safdar

Aamer is currently the Pharmacy Education, Training and Workforce Development Team Lead at Barts Health NHS Trust, having worked at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust for over 25 years. He has been involved with education and training for over 20 years developing innovative pre-registration training programmes and has worked in academia at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels as he also holds clinical and honorary lecturer roles within universities. Aamer has been an elected member of the RPS English Pharmacy Board, serving for four years.  He is vice chair of the board of trustees of a unique multi-academy trust having served as a governor and trustee.

Aamer Safder - declaration of interests [PDF 285 KB]


Jayne Salt

Jayne graduated from Leeds University with a degree in French that involved living and working in France for a year. She then trained as a lawyer and was admitted as a Solicitor in 1984. Jayne’s first few years were spent in private practice in Norfolk with a caseload of criminal defence, civil and family work before joining the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in the West Midlands. Jayne worked initially as a prosecutor before taking on a variety of management roles. She has been involved in many Criminal Justice Service initiatives at regional and national level and ended her CPS career as a senior manager heading up the regional Complex Casework Unit that specialises in serious and organised crime cases in the Midlands region and nationwide.

Current appointments include:

  • Adjudicator for the Solicitors Regulation Authority
  • Advisor to Nursing and Midwifery Council fitness to practise panels
  • Chair of police professional misconduct proceedings.

Jayne will also be taking up an appointment as a member of the Parole Board from July 2017.

Jayne Salt - declaration of interests [PDF 844 KB]