As part of the thorough C+D Awards judging process, submissions are assessed by a panel of experienced and knowledgeable judges from across the community pharmacy sector. Drawing on their significant expertise within and insight into community pharmacy, they are essential to making the C+D Awards a success. Meet our judges for the C+D Awards 2020:
Olutayo Arikawe is superintendent pharmacist at Priory Community Pharmacy and passionate about everything public health, mental health, leadership and management. She is an award-winning pharmacist who has been recognised for her passion for pharmacy and dedication to improving the health of her patients and community. In 2016, she won the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Love My Pharmacist Award, in 2017, she won the Best of the Best Award at the C+D Awards and in 2018 she was awarded the Zenith Global Health Award for pharmacy. Managing director of LT Coaching and Consulting LTD, Olutayo is a motivational speaker and a transformational coach, empowering people to be the best they can be.
Jay is managing director and superintendent pharmacist for Whitworth Chemists, a large and well-known independent pharmacy chain based in the north of England. He is a National Pharmacy Association board member, chair of Tees Local Pharmaceutical Committee and a Royal Pharmaceutical Society fellow. Jay also holds a master’s degree in law.
Stephanie is a community pharmacist and lead for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in north-west London. She organises regular educational events that support pharmacists’ CPD for revalidation and has led several award-winning projects for community pharmacists, with the aim of improving patient outcomes. Stephanie is deputy chair of the Parkinson’s Disease Specialist Pharmacy Network and a member of Brent and Harrow Local Pharmaceutical Committee.
Gavin is a pharmacist, designer, marketeer, speaker and author who has worked in pharmacy for 20 years. He was operations and marketing director and superintendent pharmacist for an award-winning, 21-strong pharmacy group before setting up DOSE Design and Marketing in 2015 and DOSE Publishing in 2018. Gavin is the author of The Pharmacy Marketing Formulary and designer of the Pharmacy Memory Game and Pharmacy Trumps card games. He is currently working on a new book and studying psychology.
Chris has been a pharmacist for 10 years and has extensive experience of working in different sectors, including academia and hospital and prison pharmacy, although he has spent most of his career specialising in community pharmacy and primary care. He sits on the Royal Pharmaceutical Society West Yorkshire steering group and the United Kingdom Clinical Pharmacy Association community pharmacy panel.
Victoria is assistant manager at RP Healthcare and winner of the Pharmacy Staff Member of the Year Award at the C+D Awards 2018.
Liz has worked across various pharmacy sectors and is a leader in driving the pharmacy technician profession forward. She is currently president of the Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK and has led many workforce developments to ensure the skills and expertise of pharmacy technicians are recognised. Liz is honoured to have received an Association of Pharmacy Technician UK fellowship and to have won the APTUK/AAH Pharmacy Technician of the Year – Outstanding Contribution award in 2017.
Sandra is the president of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and a self-employed locum pharmacist. With a BPharm from the University of Bath, she spent 21 years as a community pharmacist, working mainly in the locum and supermarket sectors. From 2000 to 2010 Sandra was Liberal Democrat MP for Romsey. During this time, she held posts with shadow ministerial responsibility for health – social care, public health and long-term conditions – and equality. She was also a member of the Health Select Committee for four years. Since 2011, she has worked as a community pharmacist with occasional consulting.
Tandeep has more than 15 years pharmacy experience and is now a senior leader at Well Pharmacy, focused on growing its care home business. Having led pharmacy teams across the UK and run large scale implementation projects during his successful career, Tandeep has a passion for all things pharmacy. He strongly believes that investing in people and innovation will ensure the profession and industry continues to move forward.
Leyla joined the Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies as CEO in September 2019, working with the board to set the vision for the organisation and influence the direction of travel for the sector. Prior to this, she worked for the National Pharmacy Association (NPA) as director of pharmacy and chief pharmacist and as medicines safety officer for independent pharmacies with fewer than 50 branches. Leyla holds a degree in pharmacy, post graduate degrees in pharmacy practice, pharmacology and toxicology and an MBA. Her career started in Sweden, before moving to the UK in 2004 and working her way up from branch manager to senior management positions within community pharmacy.
Mike became chief officer of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Local Pharmaceutical Committee in 2005 and was chief executive of the National Pharmacy Association from January 2011 to October 2014. In 2016, he co-founded the Pharmacy Complete consultancy. Mike has a significant understanding of pharmacy policy, legislation and regulation. He is one of the drivers behind the healthy living pharmacy initiative, an advocate of an expanded role for the profession in health and wellbeing and a frequent speaker at conferences. Mike became a Royal Pharmaceutical Society fellow in 2011 and a Royal Society for Public Health fellow in 2017.
Sandie has been chief officer of Tees Local Pharmaceutical Committee for the past eight years. She has extensive prior experience across the health system, including in nursing, management and training. An advocate of the pharmacy team, Sandie is proud to have represented the sector on national level within the healthy living pharmacy task and finish group
Clare Kerr has been a pharmacist since 1989 and has worked for Lloydspharmacy for over 30 years – progressing from pre-registration student to pharmacy manager and area manager. In 2000, Clare took on a role in service development and went on to lead a team of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in the development and implementation of a wide range of services. She is currently head of healthcare policy for Lloydspharmacy’s parent company McKesson UK, a member of the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee and board member of the Company Chemists’ Association. Clare co-chairs the Urgent Care Delivery and Implementation Group.
Michael is managing director of Marton Pharmacy in Middlesbrough and chair of the NHS England and Improvement local professional network for Cumbria and the north east. In 2009, he won the C+D Community Pharmacist of the Year Award and has since won national awards for excellence in training and innovation and excellence in business. Michael is an honorary lecturer at Newcastle University School of Pharmacy and was instrumental in creating the C+D Awards-winning Community Pharmacy Referral Service, which evolved into the Community Pharmacist Consultation Service.
Harry Mahmood is a pharmacy manager at Well Pharmacy and the winner of the first Above and Beyond Award at the C+D Awards 2018 – for going the extra mile for patients and the sector. He is a keen advocate of pharmacy and the wellbeing of others and was last year awarded a British Citizen Award for services to healthcare. Harry gives body confidence presentations for primary school children with his cousin Nelly, who has the rare skin condition harlequin ichthyosis. He is also a judge for the Training Matters Recognition of Excellence Awards.
Dr Mahendra Patel is a senior academic and pharmacist, an honorary visiting professor at the University of Bradford and a visiting professor at the University of Sussex and the Universiti Sains Malaysia. Mahendra is a member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society English Pharmacy board and was a National Institute for health and Care Excellence fellow between 2010 and 2013. Globally, his work in India has seen him awarded an international fellowship by the Indian Pharmaceutical Association and appointed a teaching and faculty member within UNESCO’s International Education Programme, Chair of Bioethics – both earlier this year.
Mital is relief pharmacy manager and omnichannel operations lead at Well Pharmacy and co-founder of Team PreReg. He is passionate about all things pharmacy and leadership and excited to be on the C+D Awards 2020 judging panel./