Board Members

Who's Who

Chris  James - Chairman
Chris James is a Community Pharmacist with one pharmacy in Carmarthen, West Wales. He studied at London School of Pharmacy and completed his pre-registration training at King’s College Hospital, London in 1986. He is a member of Mid & West Regional Committee and previously the old Dyfed Powys LPC. Chris was a Board Member of Carmarthenshire LHG and subsequently Carmarthenshire LHB where he chaired the Audit Committee.
Marc Donovan - Vice Chairman
Marc Donovan has been a member of CPW since 2007. Marc has a background of Community and Primary Care pharmacy and is currently the Divisional Pharmacy Manager for Boots' 100 pharmacies in Wales. Marc sits on the board of CPW as a nomination of the Company Chemists Association, and he also sits on the South East Regional Committee. He is also a member of the remuneration committee. He has previously worked as a prescribing advisor to the Vale of Glamorgan Local Health Board, and was one of the first independent prescribers to practice in Wales.
Raj  Aggarwal OBE
Raj studied at the Welsh School of Pharmacy, qualifying in 1973. He was in senior management with Boots until 1983, managing various stores throughout the country. He is Chairman of South East region and Board member of the NPA. Chairman of the Kidney Wales Foundation, a Welsh Assembly Government appointed advisor on various Health and Pharmaceutical Committees, a member of the Ministerial Pharmacy Strategic Delivery Group and Health columnist for the Western Mail. Raj is a Director and Board member of the Cardiff Business Club, and Wales Millennium Centre. He is a past Chairman of the Asian Society of Wales and President of the Overseas Students Association. Winner of the Health and Beauty Retailer 2003 Award and the prestigious UK Clarins Gold Salon Award 2008, winner of the Pharmacy Business Entrepreneur of the Year award 2010. Raj was awarded the OBE in 2007 for services to pharmacy, the Asian community and charitable services.
Steve Davies
Steve Davies has been a member of CPW Board since April 2010 and of the South East Regional Committee since its formation. Steve has been employed by A & JM Sheppard for over 20 years as a branch manager, general manager and since 2007 as Superintendent Director. Sheppards is an independent pharmacy group with 27 branches based in South Wales. He also attends meetings of the Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies (AIMp) and attends Pharmacy Development Group meetings in Cwm Taf and Aneurin Bevan Health Boards.
Mark  Griffiths
Born in Cwm, Ebbw Vale, Mark qualified in 1985 and worked in various managerial and locum positions. He purchased his first business in 1997 and started Cambrian Alliance Buying Group in 2000, along with 5 other pharmacists. Mark is currently the PSNC member for Wales and attends pharmacy development group meetings. He has previously sat on Merthyr Local Health Board. Outside of pharmacy, Mark is a keen rugby supporter and currently the President of his local rugby club and is also a patron of the arts through a trusteeship of a local theatre.
Mark Ireland
After studying at the Welsh School of Pharmacy, Mark completed his preregistration training at the Oxford Radcliffe NHS Trust where he continued to work in the early years of his career. He joined Moss Chemists as a pharmacy manager in 1996 and held several positions within the pharmacy retail chain including five years in business development roles across Europe. Following the merger with Boots in 2006, Mark was appointed Head of Strategy Development for Boots and took up his current role as Director of Pharmacy Contract and Project Development in 2009. Mark has extensive experience in the development of pharmacy contracts and services across the UK and Europe and sits on the board of CPW as a nominee of the CCA.
Chris Jenkins
Andy Murdock
Andy Murdock become superintendent pharmacist of a small community pharmacy company with branches in Chard, Somerset in 1982. He remained there for around 13 years until the company was acquired by AAH Plc and became part of the Hills Pharmacy chain. In October 1995, he moved to the Hills head office in Hook, Hampshire, to become pharmacy services manager. He was appointed to the Lloydspharmacy Board as director of pharmacy and superintendent pharmacist in 1997 and is currently External Relations and Policy Director for Celesio UK.
Steve  Ridd
Steve studied at the Leicester School of Pharmacy. He undertook pre-registration training with Boots the Chemist in Poole qualifying as a pharmacist in 1983. After qualifying he first worked as a pharmacist for Shackletons in Abergavenny before moving on to Gwynfa’s Chemist in Port Talbot. Steve then took up a number of managerial roles with Lloyds Pharmacy including Area Manager, Regional Development Manager and Regional Clinical Development Manager before taking up his current position as Primary Sector Lead within Healthcare Services. Steve has sat on a number of pharmaceutical Committees, starting in 1995 on the Local Pharmaceutical Committee in Swansea and the Welsh Pharmaceutical Committee. He has been a CCA representative on CPW’S Mid and West Committee since 2003 and on the Central Board since 2007.
Stephen  Thomas
Stephen Qualified in 1995 and started working for Boots in Wrexham as Pharmacy Manager. After a 2-year overseas posting with VSO, Stephen returned to the UK and worked for Boots across a number of stores in North Wales. Stephen joined Rowlands Pharmacy in 2003 as Deputy Superintendent Pharmacist with a role across all England, Wales and Scotland. Following a 9-month secondment working at the CCA Stephen has returned to Rowlands as NHS Contract and Policy Manager. Stephen is Vice-Chairman of Cheshire LPC.Stephen is a CCA nominee to the CPW board and also sits on the Northern Regional Committee. Stephen has also been asked to represent BCUHB on the Welsh Pharmaceutical Committee.
Gerald Thomas
Tim  Williams
Tim qualified in 1984. He entered employment with Boots in that year and remained there until 1998, becoming self-employed, he remains so to date operating 2 pharmacies in Rhyl. Tim became a member of the Clwyd Local Pharmaceutical Committee in 1989 and served as Chair from 1996-1998, has been a member of the North Wales LPC since 1998 and currently serves as the Chair, a position he has held since 2000. Tim became a CPW board member in 2002.Tim believes in a strong community pharmacy network and close relations with the Local Health Boards to enhance the contribution pharmacy makes to the health of the general public.
Peter Jones
Peter is currently a part time consultant to the Boots the Chemist and serves as a locum pharmacist. He held a number of managerial positions within Boots between 1977 and 2000 working in Guildford, Bridgend, Porthcawl and Carmarthen and also served as Professional Development Pharmacist for Boots in the South Wales area. Peter has held a number of positions as an officer of Pharmaceutical organisations, including the Chair of RSPGB, and a number of other organisations associated with health. Outside of pharmacy, Peter is a current member of the Bridgend Lions Club.
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