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

Mary Elford

Digby Emson OBE

Mark Hammond

Mohammed Hussain

Joanne Kember

Alan Kershaw

Elizabeth Mailey

Evelyn McPhail

Dr Arun Midha

Dr Berwyn Owen

David Prince CBE

Samantha Quaye

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


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

Mary Elford - declaration of interests


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

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


Mohammed Hussain

Mohammed is Programme Head, Integrating Pharmacy Across Care Settings (IPaCs), NHS Digital. He has been awarded a Founding Fellowship for the Faculty of Clinical Informatics.

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

Mohammed Hussain - declaration of interests


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

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

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


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

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


Dr Berwyn Owen

Berwyn is the Chief Pharmacist at the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.

Current appointments include:

  • Honorary Senior Lecturer, Prifysgol Bangor University
  • Sessional community pharmacy locum and hospital pharmacist

Previous 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
  • Chair, Welsh Pharmaceutical Committee
  • Member, Welsh Government Ministerial Pharmacy Strategic Delivery Group
  • Director, National Medicines Management Programme, NHS Wales & Welsh Government

Berwyn Owen- declaration of interests


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 government. 

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

David Prince- declaration of interests


Samantha Quaye

Samantha is the Lead Pharmacy Technician at the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE); a national role supporting the learning and development of pharmacy professionals throughout England. She has also been elected as a Public Governer of Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust.

Samantha is committed to raising the standards of pharmacy practice through strategic alignment between education, clinical practice and regulation. She regularly volunteers her time to support peers and juniors; providing leadership and advice to all members of the pharmacy team.

Previous appointments include:

  • Hon. Secretary, APTUK
  • GPhC Fitness to Practise Committee Member
  • RPDGB Health Committee member

Samantha Quaye- 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