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GPhC appoints five new Council members

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The new Council members will replace Jo Kember, Mark Hammond, Arun Midha, Elizabeth Mailey and Jayne Salt.

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has announced the names of five new members who will be joining its governing Council over the next two years.

The new council members are:

  1. Professor Dianne Ford, Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at Northumbria University.
  2. Gareth Powell, a chartered accountant and a Non-Executive Director on the Board of the Port of Milford Haven, the UK’s largest energy port.
  3. Adeyemi (Ade) Williams MBE, Superintendent Pharmacist and Director of the M J Williams Pharmacy and lead Pharmacist at the Bedminster Pharmacy, Bristol.
  4. Tim Jaggard, Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officer at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
  5. Dr Raliat Onatade, Chief Pharmacist and Director of Medicines and Pharmacy for North-East London Integrated Care System.

Professor Ford, Powell and Williams will begin their terms on 1 April 2024, replacing Jo Kember, Mark Hammond and Arun Midha.

Jaggard and Dr Onatade will take over the charge from Elizabeth Mailey and Jayne Salt respectively on 1 April 2025.

Gisela Abbam, Chair of the GPhC, maintained that their Council members are drawn from the “widest possible talent pools” and that they bring with them different life experiences, ideas, and perspectives.

“There are significant developments impacting on pharmacy and pharmacy regulation and we have an ambitious programme of work ahead. I’m sure that our new members will help shape our strategic plans for the future and help patients and wider society to benefit from safe, effective and inclusive pharmacy care.

“I’d also like to thank our outgoing Council members for their hard work and dedication throughout their terms of office, and I wish them all the best for the future,” he said.

Know more about the new members  

Professor Ford is a Co-opted Governor at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and a Fellow of the Physiological Society. She has also served on research and advisory panels for the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.

Powell lives and works in Wales and has served in the private, public and voluntary sectors, including as Chief Operating Officer of BBC Cymru Wales from 2008 until 2023. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Green Ibex Ltd, a company that supports businesses in achieving their carbon reduction goals.

Ade is an independent prescriber, who also holds several Non-Executive and Trustee roles in healthcare, community and charitable organisations, including the Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, the Self Care Forum Charity, the Bristol Cathedral Council and lately North Bristol NHS Trust.

de holds a number of Non-Executive and Trustee roles in healthcare, community and charitable organisations, including the Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, the Self Care Forum Charity, the Bristol Cathedral Council and lately North Bristol NHS Trust.

Jaggard was appointed to the Board of University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in 2015, from the post of Deputy Finance Director.  He has previously held the finance lead role for North Central London integrated care system.

Dr Onatade is also the Group Chief Pharmacist at Barts Health NHS Trust and Chief Pharmacist for North Thames Genomic Medicine Service Alliance.  She is a fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

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