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CPW Board members

Mark Griffiths - Chairman

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.

Sam Fisher - Vice-Chair

Sam Fisher studied at the Welsh School of Pharmacy in Cardiff, and registered as a pharmacist in 1997 after completion of her pre-registration placement with Lloyds Pharmacy. She then went on to successfully attain her MSc in Clinical Community Pharmacy at the Welsh School of Pharmacy before moving into more managerial roles within the organisation. Sam has held several field based operational roles including Area Manager and Regional Operations Manager, then latterly central roles responsible for leading key business transformation initiatives, and her current role as Head of Pharmacy Affairs for Celesio UK. As well as being a main board member of CCA, Sam is also member of the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) and is Chair of PSNC LPC Implementation Sub-Committee, and is also a member of the Welsh Pharmaceutical Committee.

Raj Aggarwal OBE - Board Member

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.

Sandeep Dhami - Board Member

Marc Donovan - Board Member

Marc has a career in healthcare spanning 20 years. Originally training as a pharmacist at Cardiff University, he has progressed through a number of senior clinical and managerial positions within Boots UK to his current role as Superintendent Pharmacist, accountable for the professional standards and development for 7000 pharmacists, and 18000 healthcare colleagues. He has previously led the Human Resources team for Healthcare across Boots UK, Boots Opticians and Boots Ireland, as well as worked as a prescribing advisor to the Vale of Glamorgan Local Health Board and was one of the first supplementary prescribers to practice in Wales. He is a non-medical independent prescriber where he specialises in the management of cardiovascular disease and medicines management. Marc is also currently a member of the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee and a Fellow of the Faculty of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. He obtained Fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development in 2014.

Paul Harris - Board Member

Paul graduated from the Portsmouth School of Pharmacy and completed his pre-registration training with Boots the Chemists at their Pontypool branch. He registered as a pharmacist in July 1983 and obtained a Clinical Diploma in Community Pharmacy from the Welsh School of Pharmacy, Cardiff in 2006.
He was employed by Boots in a variety of pharmacy and field support roles until June 2017 and now works for LloydsPharmacy in their Healthcare Services Team.
Paul recently joined the Community Pharmacy Wales Board having served previously on the CPW South East Regional Committee and several CPW/LHB forums.
He is a keen advocate for the pharmacy profession and takes an active role in several other pharmacy organisations including the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, the Company Chemists Association and is the current Chair of the Welsh Pharmaceutical Committee

Gareth Hughes - Board Member

Elected to the board in 2021, Gareth is currently Deputy Superintendent Pharmacist and Wales Clinical Lead at Avicenna Retail Ltd.  He graduated from the Welsh School of Pharmacy in 2005 and joined Sheppard’s Pharmacy in 2011 as a pharmacy manager, before progressing to Professional Services Manager and then Superintendent. Qualifying as an independent prescriber in 2019, he has been part of the community pharmacy independent prescribing pathfinder service.
Passionate about pharmacy services and keen on the development and use of technology in health, he sits on several working groups including the Digital Medicines Management Group and Electronic Prescribing Expert Panel, and is also a Board Member for Royal Pharmaceutical Society Wales. Gareth is currently Primary Care Cluster Community Pharmacy Lead for Rhondda and is focused on improving collaboration both between pharmacy sectors, and between pharmacy and other health providers more broadly.

Llyr Hughes - Board Member

Llyr qualified from the Welsh School of Pharmacy in Cardiff in 1997. He undertook his pre-reg with a small independent group in North Wales. He has worked in as a branch manager for Rowlands Pharmacy, as a Health Board prescribing adviser and a primary care pharmacist in GP practices. In 2003 he purchased his first community pharmacy, and by now co-owns, with another four pharmacists, a small independent group of three pharmacies based in North West Wales. He has been a previous member of the North Wales CPW committee and on the Welsh Pharmaceutical Committee. Recently he qualified as an independent prescriber and is enthusiastic to further develop community pharmacy based clinical services. 

Mark Ireland - Board Member

After studying at the Welsh School of Pharmacy, Cardiff (1989-92), Mark completed his preregistration training at the Oxford Radcliffe Hospital where he continued to work after qualifying as a pharmacist, firstly in aseptic services and then as dispensary manager at the Churchill Hospital. In 1996, he joined Moss Pharmacy as pharmacy manager in the rural area of Mablethorpe, Lincolnshire. He went on to have a variety of roles in Alliance Pharmacy (formerly Moss Pharmacy) including professional training and Area Manager for the Isle of Wight, New Forest, Southampton and Portsmouth. He then worked in a number of international business development roles for Alliance UniChem, looking at pharmacy development and acquisitions in France, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Norway and Italy. Following the merger with Boots in 2006, Mark was appointed Head of Strategy Development for Boots. He took up his current role as Director of Pharmacy Contract and Project Development in 2009, working to support the development of the community pharmacy contracts and the introduction of new pharmacy services in the UK. This involves overseeing work to evaluate and measure the value to patients, other healthcare professionals and health economies of these services through his team’s partnerships with academics that lead to evidence being published. Mark holds a Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy (Queen’s University of Belfast) and an MBA in retailing (Stirling University). He sits on the board of Community Pharmacy Wales as a nominee of the CCA. Mark is married with two children and is a keen follower of horse racing and rugby.

Mo Nazemi - Board Member

Mo studied at the Welsh School of Pharmacy and qualified as a pharmacist in 1999, following a split pre-registration year in American Home Products (owner of Wyeth Pharmaceuticals) and Brighton General Hospital. He returned to the Welsh School of Pharmacy to completed a PhD in Transdermal delivery. He purchased his first business in 2006 and is currently the owner of Evans Pharmacy with 10 branches. He is the CPW representative at the Hywel Dda forums, a member of the Welsh Pharm Committee, Chair of the Health Professional Forum (HPF) in Hywel Dda and Associate member of the Hywel Dda Health board. Outside of work he is married with 3 children and follows football and rugby very closely attending both Cardiff City and Cardiff Blues games, usually with the whole family.

Stephen Thomas

Stephen qualified in 1995 and began working for Boots in Wrexham. After a 2-year posting with Voluntary Services Overseas he returned to the UK and again worked for Boots across North Wales before moving to Rowlands Pharmacy in 2003. At Rowlands, he’s held a number of roles regarding professional standards, contractual matters and external relations. Stephen’s current role as Deputy Superintendent Pharmacist consolidates this experience. Stephen is nominated to the Welsh Pharmaceutical Committee, is a committee member of PSNC, has been a member of Community Pharmacy Cheshire and Wirral (and forerunners) since 2004 and is a director of the CCA.

David Williams - Board Member

Born in Porth, Rhondda in 1961. Pharmacy degree from the Welsh School of Pharmacy in 1983. Pre-registration year with Boots in Bridgend. Worked as a locum for 6 months, then left to manage an independent pharmacy in Ferndale. Purchased my first pharmacy, with a pharmacist partner, in 1989. At one stage, we owned 7 pharmacies. Currently involved in the ownership of 3 pharmacies in South Wales, with several business partners. Keen rugby fan, and ex-player, until rugby retired me. Qualified as an independent prescriber in 2019, Passionate about increasing clinical services in community pharmacy and spending more time playing golf or ski-ing with the grandchildren..

Yvonne Williams - Board Member