Who we are
The CCA executive team consists of policy and advocacy specialists who work with our Board, our expert working groups and our local representatives, to influence policies and positively shape attitudes both within the sector and across the wider healthcare arena.
Our Board consists of Directors appointed by our member organisations and our Chief Executive and independent Chair.
We also influence, and shape matters of interest to our members through the mandated seats we hold across on the three national pharmacy negotiating bodies and on all local pharmaceutical representative bodies across Great Britain.
Malcolm joined the CCA in 2018. As a member of our board of Directors, Malcolm is responsible for the development of the company’s strategy. He is accountable for the development and delivery of operational plans to enable the organisation to achieve its strategic aims and operational goals.
Prior to his current role Malcolm worked within the Walgreens Boots Alliance International Healthcare Public Affairs team and has previously held various professional and leadership roles within Boots UK. Malcolm has been a registered pharmacist for over 25 years.
Adria joined the CCA in 2012, following a maternity cover a few years prior. Adria’s role includes diary management support for the Chief Executive, office management and general administrative support. Adria also co-ordinates and oversees the appointment of CCA LPC representatives, and provides secretariat support for the CCA LPC Management Group.
Dr Nick Thayer
Head of Policy
Nick joined the CCA in 2020 and leads the Pharmacy Evolution work programme.
After graduating as a pharmacist from Keele University, Nick went to work for Well Pharmacy. Following several roles with the company, Nick moved to work for Community Pharmacy Cheshire and Wirral LPC before joining the CCA.
Nick has previously completed a Masters in Community Pharmacy Public Health Services and has obtained a Doctorate in Pharmacy Practice.
Senior Policy and Programmes Manager
Emily joined Company Chemists’ Association in August 2019. Prior to joining the CCA Emily worked in policy and public affairs at a range of health charities including the Family Planning Association, Breast Cancer Care and Action on Smoking and Health.
At the CCA, Emily is responsible for developing policy positions and advocating on behalf of our members across two key workstreams: patient safety and workforce development.
Emily has a degree in history from the University of Birmingham and an MSc in International Development from Bristol University.
Policy and Programmes Manager
Sam joined the CCA in July 2022. He is responsible for supporting the CCA Professional Practice Group to develop policy positions on regulatory matters, professionalism and future pharmacy practice.
Prior to joining the CCA, Sam spent almost 4 years working for the Department of Health and Social Care where he advised Ministers on NHS commissioning, patient choice and personalisation. His most recent role was developing and supporting the parliamentary passage of the Health and Care Act 2022.
Head of Public Affairs
Neeraj joined the CCA in 2021 and leads the CCA’s public affairs and external communications activity. He is responsible for the delivery of the CCA’s parliamentary affairs and corporate communications strategies across external networks, including community pharmacy sector partners, civil servants, and parliamentarians.
He has 10+ years’ experience in public affairs, supporting organisations and businesses within the healthcare sector as well as being involved in managing public affairs and communications for a leading HealthTech membership body.
LPC Support Manager
Rob joined the team in 2021 as LPC Support Manager, before this he worked in a range of roles within community pharmacy. Having been a member of several Local Pharmaceutical Committees he brings a depth of understanding to his role at the CCA.
Rob has been a registered pharmacist for over 20 years, having trained at Cardiff University and is a member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. Rob continues to work as a Community Pharmacist part time and is the current Chair of Nottinghamshire LPC.
Policy & Programmes Manager (maternity cover)
Morag is a registered pharmacist of over 25 years and joined the CCA in October 2023 to lead our Pharmacy Evolution work.
Since completing her pharmacy degree at Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon University, Morag has gone on to study Business Sustainability Management at the University of Cambridge Institute of Sustainable Leadership and also completed the Financial Times Non-Executive Director Diploma.
Prior to joining the CCA, Morag held various senior leadership roles within Boots UK including 5 years as Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability. As part of the Chief Pharmacist’s team Morag played a key role in the development of innovative pharmacy services and led a team of Pharmacist Independent Prescribers providing these services online.
In addition to her work with us, Morag runs her own consulting business, stays in touch with frontline community pharmacy as a locum pharmacist and is a Trustee for The Hygiene Bank (registered charity no. 1181267), a charity focused on ending hygiene poverty.
Dame Barbara Hakin, CCA
Dame Barbara Hakin has been both a Primary Care Trust and Strategic Health Authority Chief Executive. Dame Barbara latterly served as Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer of NHS England, responsible for overseeing all national performance, with oversight of CCGs through the regional teams as well as specialised commissioning and all primary care commissioning and contracting. She has worked closely with Ministers and policymakers for almost two decades.
In her early career, she spent twenty years as a General Practitioner, moving on to be the Clinical Chair of Bradford Primary Care Group, then Chief Executive of the Primary Care Trust. During this time, she was instrumental in many initiatives which widened the role of all primary care professionals and moved care into the primary care setting, including community pharmacy.
Marc Donovan OBE, Boots UK
Director of Healthcare Development and Public Affairs
Originally training as a pharmacist at Cardiff University, Marc has worked within the NHS and progressed through a number of senior clinical, HR and managerial positions within Boots UK to currently lead the Healthcare Development and Public Affairs team.
Marc presently holds fellowships at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the Chartered Institute of Professional Development. He is a member of the People Advisory Board of NHS England, Chair of the Community Pharmacy Workforce Development Group and Member of the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee. He is a past Chairman of the Welsh Board of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.
Marc was awarded an OBE for his services to pharmacy as part of the 2022 Queen’s Jubilee Birthday Honours.
Marc is appointed by Boots as a Director of the CCA, and he is appointed by the CCA as a member of the Community Pharmacy England committee.
Ifti Khan, Well
Ifti studied at De Montfort University and registered as a pharmacist in 1992. He has a career in community pharmacy spanning 30 years. He is currently the Pharmacy Superintendent at Well Pharmacy. Ifti has previously held several pharmacy professional, operational and field roles and has also worked as a locum pharmacist. Since 2008, Ifti has also represented the interests of contractors on LPCs. He is currently Vice-Chair on Greater Manchester LPC.
Ifti is appointed by Well as a Director of the CCA, and he is appointed by the CCA as a member of the Community Pharmacy England committee.
Niamh McMillan, Superdrug
Niamh studied Pharmacy at Aston University in Birmingham and registered as a Pharmacist in 2013 after completion of her pre-registration training with Superdrug. Niamh has worked for Superdrug for a number of years as Pharmacy Manager, Cluster Lead, Clinical Development Manager and Regional Healthcare Manager with experience as a CCA Rep on a number of LPCs.
Niamh is currently Superintendent Pharmacist for Superdrug and is currently responsible for the professional standards, clinical governance and team development across their pharmacies and nurse clinics in GB and Northern Ireland.
Niamh is appointed by Superdrug as a Director of the CCA, and she is appointed by the CCA as a member of the Community Pharmacy England committee. She also chairs the CCA workforce development group.
Peter Fulford, Morrisons
Peter completed his pre-registration training with Boots, qualifying as a Pharmacist in 2006. After working in a variety of Boots stores, he joined Morrisons supermarkets in 2007 as a Pharmacy Manager. He became an Area Manager in 2010, overseeing Pharmacies in the North of England & Wales. Peter moved into a Buying & Commercial role at Morrisons Head Office in 2013, before being appointed as Superintendent Pharmacist in November 2015.
Tricia Kennerley, Boots UK
Tricia, a registered pharmacist, joined Moss Chemist in 1995, known now as Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) where she has held several senior positions including Managing Director of Alliance Pharmacy in 2007 and Healthcare Development Director for Boots. Latterly Tricia led the International Public Affairs function for WBA, influencing pharmacy and healthcare policy, working with key stakeholders across governments and healthcare policy leaders as well as pharmaceutical manufacturers. Since retiring in September 2022, Tricia became an Independent Specialist Pharmacy Affairs Advisor for Boots UK. Tricia is appointed by Boots as a Director of the CCA, and she is appointed by the CCA as a member of the Community Pharmacy England committee.
Clare Kerr, LloydsPharmacy
Director of Healthcare Policy and Strategy
Clare Kerr registered as a pharmacist in 1989 having qualified from Queen’s University, Belfast. Clare has worked for LloydsPharmacy for over 30 years in a variety of roles. In 2000, Clare took on a role in the Pharmacy Service Development and she went on to lead a team that developed and implemented a wide range of services. As well as supporting the development and implementation of services to support patients living with diabetes, cardiovascular disease and respiratory conditions she was also the service development lead for Community Pharmacy Future, helping to build the evidence based for community pharmacy led services.
Clare is appointed by LloydsPharmacy as a Director of the CCA, and she is appointed by the CCA as a member of the Community Pharmacy England committee. Clare is also a member of the Pharmacy Urgent Care Reference Group.
Adrian Price, Tesco
Adrian Price has been a pharmacist for over 27 years and the Superintendent Pharmacist at Tesco Stores Ltd since 2010 where he is responsible for the safe and legal operation of almost 400 pharmacies, 5000 colleagues, the pharmacy supply chain and formerly their Opticians business.
He started his career working in branch management for the Co-operative Group, working in dozens pharmacies across the North West and serving on LPCs for over 10 years. Adrian has been a CCA Board member for nine years.
Adrian is appointed by Tesco as a Director of the CCA, and he is appointed by the CCA as a member of the Community Pharmacy England committee.
Stephen Thomas, Rowlands Pharmacy
Stephen qualified as a pharmacist in 1995 and, after completing a number of roles for Boots spent two years with Voluntary Services Overseas as Principal Pharmacist in Vanuatu (South Pacific). Stephen joined Rowlands Pharmacy in 2003 and has undertaken a number of roles before becoming External Affairs Manager.
Stephen is appointed by Rowlands Pharmacy as a Director of the CCA, and he is appointed by the CCA as a member of the Community Pharmacy England committee. He is also a Community Pharmacy Wales board member, Chairman of the group which develops the Declaration of Competence (DoC) frameworks and a member, since 2004, of Cheshire and Wirral LPC (and predecessors).
Faisal Tuddy, Asda
Head of Pharmacy
Faisal qualified as a pharmacist in 1997 and has spent more than twenty years working in a variety of roles in community pharmacy. This included as a community pharmacist and store manager, and then working at Asda initially as a pharmacist before moving into head office roles. Faisal is currently superintendent pharmacist at Asda, overseeing the work of the supermarket’s 255 pharmacies. He has experience as an LPC Member and a particular interest in patient safety. Faisal is appointed by ASDA as a Director of the CCA, and he is appointed by the CCA as a member of the Community Pharmacy England committee.