GPhC Council members

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 a senior partner of Learned Lion Partners; chairs the Board of medical research business Oxford BioElectronics; and serves as a Trustee of the charity Partner Africa.

Nigel Clarke - Declaration of Interests April 2016


Sarah Brown OBE

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

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 - Sarah Brown


Mary Elford

Mary is the Vice Chair of the East London NHS Foundation Trust, providing mental health and community services. 

Other current appointments include:

  • Non executive director of Health Education England
  • Non executive director, Queen Mary Bioenterprises
  • 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


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 - Digby Emson


Mark Hammond

Mark is currently 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
  • Lay Member on the Governing Body of NE Hampshire CCG
  • Commissioner with the National Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life.

Previous appointments include:

  • CEO at the Equality and Human Rights Commission
  • Chief Executive and Director of Environment and Development at West Sussex County Council
  • He has also worked in the Civil Service and the Diplomatic Service.

Declaration of interests - Mark Hammond


Mohammed Hussain

Mohammed is Programme Head, Integrating Pharmacy Across Care Settings (IPaCs), NHS Digital.

Current appointments include:

  • Independent member, Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire
  • Director, White Rose Pharmacy Services Ltd (independent community pharmacy)
  • Chair, Local Professional Network, West Yorkshire, NHS England
  • Mentor at De Montfort University
  • Board member, External Advisory Board, School of Pharmacy, University of Bradford
  • Consultancy services
  • Sessional work as a community pharmacist.

Previous appointments include:

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

Declaration of interests - Mohammed Hussain


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 500 staff and a medicine expenditure budget of £140m.

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 - Liz Kay


Joanne Kember

Joanne has been registered as a pharmacist since 1980 and has worked in many different environments, both hospital and retail. She currently works as a research pharmacist and a locum community pharmacist.

Current appointments also include:

  • Co-chair of Wrexham & Flintshire Pharmacy Development Group
  • Vice chair of Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board Health Professionals Forum
  • Panellist - Welsh representative at Reckitt Benckiser-UK

Previously Joanne was the pharmacist in charge of a retail pharmacy for a number of years.

Declaration of interests - Joanne Kember


Alan Kershaw

Alan is Chair of ILEX Professional Standards Ltd, the regulatory arm of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx). 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


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 - Evelyn McPhail


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

Declaration of interests - Arun Midha



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
  • 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, Welsh Government Ministerial Pharmacy Strategic Delivery Group
  • Director, National Medicines Management Programme, NHS Wales & Welsh Government

Declaration of interests - Berwyn Owen


David Prince CBE

David is an accountant (CPFA) and has a portfolio of non executive director appointments, with an audit & risk specialism. He is a Visting Professor at Bath Spa University. He has experience at a strategic management/chief executive level with the Audit Commission and local authorities. 

Current appointments include:

  • Independent chair, Audit & Risk Committee, Parkinson's UK


Previous appointments include: 

  • Chair, Audit & Risk Committee, and member, Leicestershire Police Authority
  • 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
  • Member, Committee on Standards in Public Life
  • Independent member, Audit & Corporate Governance Committee, Care Quality Commission

Declaration of Interests - David Prince


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

Declaration of interests - Samantha Quaye