GPhC Council members

Here you can find 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.

GPhC Council members

Click on each name below to find out more:

Chair - Nigel Clarke

Neil Buckley

Digby Emson OBE

Mark Hammond

Penny Hopkins

Professor Ann Jacklin

Joanne Kember

Alan Kershaw

Elizabeth Mailey

Dr Rima Makarem

Evelyn McPhail

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 a senior partner of Learned Lion Partners; chairs the Board of medical research business Oxford BioElectronics; sits on the Board of the European Society of Cardiology and chairs the charity VISION 2020 UK.

Nigel Clarke - declaration of interests


Neil Buckley

GPhC Council member, Neil Buckley

Neil is currently Chief Executive, Accounting Officer and Board member of the Legal Services Board and Chairs the Chief Executives’ forum of the legal regulators. Neil is also a former Director of Investigations at Ofcom and currently serves as a Non-Executive Director of the Valuation Tribunal Service.

Neil Buckley - declaration of interests


Digby Emson OBE

GPhC Council member, 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

Digby Emson - declaration of interests


Mark Hammond

GPhC Council member, 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
  • Non-executive Board Member of the Crown Prosecution Service

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.

Mark Hammond - declaration of interests


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 


Professor Ann Jacklin

GPhC Council member, Professor Ann Jacklin

Ann is the Professional Lead for the Carter Review Programme, Mental Health and Community Services for 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


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 currently works as a research pharmacist and a locum community pharmacist. In March 2017 she took up the role of lead pharmacist for the North Wales Controlled Drug Intelligence Forum.

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
  • Deputy Chair of the Board of Social Care Wales

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

Joanne Kember - declaration of interests


Alan Kershaw

GPhC Council member, Alan Kershaw

Alan's executive career included 17 years with the General Medical Council and 7 years as Chief Executive Officer of the Council for the Registration of Forensic Practitioners. Currently he holds a number of appointments with professional standards setting and regulatory bodies in the healthcare and finance sectors.
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
  • Chartered Institute of Legal Executives

Alan Kershaw - declaration of interests


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
  • Expert Adviser Disciplinary Panel of The Association of Professional Political Consultants
  • Ambassador for Bloodwise – UK specialist blood cancer charity

Elizabeth Mailey - declaration of interests 


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).

Rima Makarem - declaration of interests


Evelyn McPhail

GPhC Council member, 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
  • Prescription for Excellence Steering Group
  • NHS Fife Executive Directors Group
  • Fife Health and Social Care Partnership - Strategic Leadership Team
  • 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
  • Chair of the Scottish Accountable Officers for Controlled Drugs Group
  • Chair of the Accountable Officers Network Scotland
  • Chair of the NHS Scotland Directors of Pharmacy Group

Evelyn McPhail - declaration of interests


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


Aamer Safdar

GPhC Council member, Aamer Safdar

Aamer is principal pharmacist and lead for Education and Development at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. Throughout his professional career, Aamer has held a number of senior and specialist pharmacist roles in the hospital sector. He also holds clinical and honorary lecturer roles within universities. Aamer has been an elected member of the RPS English Pharmacy Board for the last four years.

Aamer Safder - declaration of interests


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