Mahendra Patel

Dr Mahendra Patel

Pharmacist and member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s English pharmacy board

After an early career as a community pharmacy owner, Mahendra stepped into academia – with a focus on health promotion and working with minority ethnic communities to reduce health inequalities. Among his many successes, he has been made a fellow of the RPS, the National Institute for health and Care Excellence and the Higher Education Academy.


Sue Aldred

Sue Alldred

GP pharmacist and head of clinical pharmacy, South and East Leeds GP Group

Having started her career working in the hospital sector, Sue moved to primary care in 2013, where she led the medicines optimisation team at Leeds South and East clinical commissioning group. Sue began her current role in general practice in 2015, where she runs patient-facing clinics as a highly experienced pharmacist and independent prescriber.


Dr Hayley Gorton

Dr Hayley Gorton

Research associate, University of Manchester

Hayley’s PhD was in the epidemiology of suicide and self-harm, and her current research uses big data to answer other important patient safety questions. As a fellow of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, Hayley recently travelled to the USA and Canada to explore the role of community pharmacy teams in suicide prevention, while continuing to work as a relief pharmacist.


Chris Bonsel

Chris Bonsell

Community pharmacist, Bradford

Having worked in community pharmacy, Chris went on to a position as community pharmacy engagement lead for Health Education England across Yorkshire and Humber. His work allowed him to engage locally to discuss learning and development needs throughout the region. Most recently he completed the NHS Leadership Academy’s Mary Seacole programme, and sits on steering committees for both the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the UK Clinical Pharmacy Association.


Amy Vigar

Amy Vigar

Hospital pharmacist, Bradford teaching hospitals

Amy has followed a typical career pathway in hospital pharmacy and is keen to use her experience to promote cross-sector working and careers. Starting her pre-registration year at Leeds Teaching Hospitals, she progressed through hospital training to a rotational band six position, then a specialist band seven medicine role. Amy now works as the lead pharmacist for education and training at Bradford Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust.

Shammi Khosla

Shammi Khosla

Head of pharmacy experience, Boots

Working as a pharmacist for 30 years has provided Shammi with a plethora of opportunities. He started his career at Boots as a pre-reg, before he left and became an independent contractor. Returning 14 years later, he rose through the ranks to his current role as head of pharmacy experience for the north, Scotland and Northern Ireland. This position lets Shammi take the lead on the delivery of the pharmacy experience for staff, stores and customers.

Ash Soni

Ash Soni OBE

President, Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Twice-elected president of the RPS, Ash is one of the most well-known individuals within pharmacy. A highly-motivated and flexible practitioner with over 20 years’ experience as a pharmacist, Ash is also clinical network lead for Lambeth clinical commissioning group and serves as the pharmacy board member for Health Education South London.


Sue Kilby

Sue Kilby

Industrial pharmacist
Sue’s varied career has seen her take on marketing, sales and policy positions in the hospital and community sectors. She has also worked for both global companies and small start-ups in the industrial pharmacy sector, managed her own consultancy business, and is chair of the Industrial Pharmacists Forum.