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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.

Mo Nazemi - Board Member

Chris Perrington - Board Member

Chris qualified in 1989 after completing his pre-registration training with Boots and has worked in Community Pharmacy holding various field based and central roles. Since 2015 he has worked for Well and is  the NHS Contract and Services Business Partner for Wales. Chris sits on the CPW Board as a CCA nominee and is CPW Lead Board Member for Powys Health Board Forum,  CCA representative for Swansea Bay Health Board Forum and member of Welsh Pharmaceutical Committee.

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

David Williams - Board Member

Llyr Hughes - Board Member

Marc Donovan - Board Member

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.

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

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 England, Wales and Scotland. Following a 9-month secondment working at the CCA Stephen has returned to Rowlands and is now External Affairs Manager. Stephen is a CCA nominee to the CPW board and is the lead board member on the BCUHB Forum. Stephen has also been asked to represent BCUHB on the Welsh Pharmaceutical Committee.

Steve Davies - Board Member

Steve Davies has been a member of CPW Board since April 2010. He studied at the Welsh School of Pharmacy and undertook pre-registration training with Boots the Chemist qualifying as a pharmacist in 1983.  Steve has been employed by A & JM Sheppard for over 30 years as a branch manager, general manager and since 2007 as Superintendent Director. Sheppards is an independent pharmacy group with 34 branches based in South Wales. He also attends meetings of the Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies (AIMp)