PDA National Conference 2020

Join us at our PDA National Conference 'Shaping the Future: Overcoming the Challenges to Seize the Opportunities' and hear from some of the most influential people in pharmacy from the UK and overseas.

Sat 28th - Sun 29th March 2020

Greta Torbergsen

General Secretary / CEO, Norwegian Association of Pharmacists

Greta is an internationally experienced CEO with a law degree and a demonstrated history of working both organisationally and politically. Greta is the previous head of Organisation and deputy Head of Negotiation in The Federation of Norwegian Professional Associations (Akademikerne). Skilled in negotiations, labour law, politics, finance and pension as well as communication.

Andrew Evans

Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for Wales

Andrew has been Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for Wales since July 2016. He is an independent adviser to the Welsh Government on all matters related to medicines, prescribing and pharmacy practice. Prior to this appointment, he was Principal Pharmacist for Public Health and Primary Care Policy at Public Health Wales NHS Trust and the Welsh Government.

Duncan Rudkin

Chief Executive and Registrar, General Pharmaceutical Council

Duncan was previously chief executive and registrar of the General Dental Council (GDC). He had been with the GDC since 1998, where his previous roles included director of legal services, director of professional standards and deputy chief executive. Before joining the GDC Duncan worked as a solicitor in the City of London.

Taiwo Owatemi MP

Pharmacist and newly elected Member of Parliament, Coventry North West

Until being elected as a member of parliament on 12 December, Taiwo was a Senior Oncology Pharmacist, specialising in cancer and palliative care.  We look forward to hearing what it’s like to move from caring for patients into serving in our national parliament as well as her views on matters that are important to pharmacists.

Taiwo will be speaking at the PDA Networking dinner which takes place at 7.30pm on Saturday 28 March.

Danielle Hunt

Chief Executive, Pharmacist Support

Danielle is Chief Executive of the profession’s independent charity Pharmacist Support, joining the charity in January 2019 after ten years at national environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy. With substantial experience in the charity sector, Danielle has led the development of a new five year strategy which focuses on the development of services to improve wellbeing, as well as raising awareness and vital funds for the charity. The charity is keen to continue to raise awareness of the issues impacting those it is here to help, recently releasing research highlighting the pressures impacting pharmacists wellbeing.

Dr Wanda Wyporska, FRSA

Executive Director, The Equality Trust

Wanda is the Executive Director at The Equality Trust, the national charity that campaigns to reduce social and economic inequality. She is a TEDx speaker, has spoken at the United Nations, York Festival of Ideas, and chaired a panel at the Women of the World Festival. She has over a decade of experience working in the trade union movement, leading on equalities, social mobility and education policy and is an experienced campaigner.

Paul Nowak

Deputy General Secretary, Trade Union Congress

Paul is Deputy General Secretary of the TUC, the leading national centre for independent trade unions in Great Britain. He was first a trade union representative  at 17 years old and continued to take up that role wherever he worked in his early career.  Paul became a union employee as a member of the first intake of the TUC's Organising Academy in 1998, when, aged 26, he became an organiser for a banking union.  His previous roles at the TUC have included  Regional Secretary for the North of England, Head of TUC Organisation & Services, and Assistant General Secretary.

Regan McCahill

President, British Pharmaceutical Students Association

Six years ago Regan was a single mother on benefits, 3 years ago she became a Dispenser in community pharmacy, now she is a Master of Pharmacy and completing her pre-registration training at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.   Regan's previous roles at the BPSA included Publications Officer and Student Exchange Officer.

Mark Koziol

Chairman, PDA

Mark Koziol established the PDA in 2003. An Aston graduate qualifying as a pharmacist in 1984, Mark established PPLS a locum agency which prior to its sale in 2003 operated in eight countries. Mark was a founder of the Young Pharmacists’ Group in 1985 and was instrumental in raising £250,000 in donations to establish the multi-award-winning not-for-profit Social Enterprise YPG pharmacy. This pioneering practice laboratory benefits the local community and the wider profession. Elected to the RPSGB Council in 1997, his close proximity to the ‘peppermint water’ case prompted him to stand down and establish the PDA.

Alima Batchelor

Head of Policy, PDA

Alima is the Head of Policy at the PDA and has spent the past 17 years working in primary care. Starting her career in hospital pharmacy, Alima spent her pre-registration year at Good Hope Hospital in Birmingham followed by a year at Ealing Hospital in London. Alima then returned to Birmingham and worked in community pharmacy for several years including stints at Lloyds Pharmacy and Boots. Alima spent 5 years at Sandwell General Hospital gaining experience in elderly care, theatres, ICU, TPN and cancer services before taking on several roles in primary care which culminated in four years as Head of Medicines for Birmingham South Central CCG.

Paul Day

Director, PDA & PDA Union

Paul leads the senior management team for the PDA and PDA Union. He has been involved in Trade Unions at the national level since the mid-1990s. His background in membership organisations includes serving as Deputy General Secretary of the Association of Teachers & Lecturers, Chairman of the Abbey National Group Union and Chief Operating Officer at the Business Disability Forum. Paul joined PDAU in 2017 to manage our trade union activity and later that year also became the Director of PDA. He is a member of the General Federation of Trade Unions (GFTU) Executive Committee, on the Steering Group for Unions 21, and a Trustee of Advance the Union.

Mark Pitt

Director of Defence Services, PDA

Mark spent 20 years working in community pharmacy progressing through various store/area management roles to a senior head office position for one of the pharmacy multiples. Mark joined the PDA shortly after it was formed and also sits as a lay member for the Employment Tribunal Service.

John Murphy

General Secretary, PDA Union

John spent all of his early career with Boots, from pre-reg to Senior Manager. As Head of Training and Development, under his stewardship Boots became the first Blue Chip Company to achieve the Investor in People status and won a National Training Award for Management Development. Leaving Boots in 2001, John supported Mark Koziol in the development, launch and operation of the PDA from 2003 onwards, becoming its Director and then also the General Secretary of the PDA Union when it was formed in 2008. John retired from his directorship role of the PDA in 2016 but has stayed on as the General Secretary of the Union on a part-time basis.


More speakers to be announced soon.

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