PDA Union North England Regional Committee

Meet the PDA Union members who serve on the North Regional Committee:


Hello, my name is Matthew Tennyson. I am from Northern Ireland and live with my wife Katy and son in Kingston-upon-Hull. I studied my Masters of Pharmacy at Liverpool John Moores in 2012 and completed my clinical diploma in 2017, then the independent prescribing course at the University of Bradford in 2020. I am a locum pharmacist and practice across community, hospital and a general practice setting. I have been a pre-registration pharmacist tutor in the past and hope to return to this role in the future. I have been operating a locum company called Locum Connect for around two years and have over 400 members. I hope to continue giving back to the profession and support my fellow colleagues through the Pharmacists’ Defence Association.


I have worked in all the major sectors of pharmacy, including hospital (both general and mental health) and industry. Past experience also includes being a full-time community locum. I currently work in a mixture of GP practice, community pharmacy and academia.


I have worked in pharmacy for over 15 years, gaining experience from hospital, community, supermarket and pharmacy automation. Being part of the first PDAU network in place at Boots, I represent the views of circa 7,000 pharmacists and pre-registration trainees employed at the company. As part of my role, I hold a seat on the Joint Consultative Committee, and act as the health and safety representative, as well as the grievance and disciplinary officer, helping individual PDAU members resolve disputes at work.

Having been involved with the PDA since I was a student, I was delighted to be given the opportunity to work closely with the union, and be in a position where I can influence, engage and support pharmacists.


After qualifying in 2005, I started to work as a locum pharmacist. A few years’ ago, I decided to create a social network platform and establish the Pharmacist Cooperative to unite the pharmacy profession and bring everyone on a single platform to work together and find ways to solve problems. I have a keen interest in technology and founded two technology companies over the last 3 years. Being a union rep, I hope to be able to help to further engage and support the profession.


I initially worked as a Community Pharmacist for about a decade and have in more recent years been working as a GP Clinical Pharmacist. My keen interest and drive has always been on delivering outstanding healthcare while actively seeking opportunities to enhance and contribute to the pharmacy profession as a whole. Over the years, I have seen first-hand some challenges that pharmacists face, and this has been one of the primary reasons I decided to join the PDA. I am certainly very keen to make a positive difference for pharmacists.

Catherine Armstrong (Primary Care Pharmacist, North East)

I have worked in primary care since 2002 and have been involved in the PDA Union since its inception. I am  also a member of the RPS English Pharmacy Board and Lead for RPS North East (LPF).

Gary Armstrong (Primary Care Pharmacist, North East)

I have worked in primary care for the last years. I have been a member of the PDA Union since I graduated. I joined the PDA Union after attending conferences and becoming aware of the work that is undertaken.

Wesley Artist (Hospital Pharmacist, North west)

After being an active student member of the PDA and BPSA, since graduating I have continued to support pharmacists, particularly in the hospital sector, through my work with the PDA Union.  I’m now an independent prescriber and the clinical trials lead pharmacist in an NHS tertiary care oncology centre in the north west of England.

Being elected to represent and support pharmacists in the union gives me great satisfaction and motivates me to keep fighting for individuals and the profession to continually develop into new and exciting roles, particularly where my passion lies in the hospital sector.

Samina Bibi (Primary Care, Community & Hospital Locum, Manchester)

My current role consists of locuming in hospital and the community sector, as well as primary care  clinical pharmacist.

This places me in an ideal position to understand challenges and opportunities faced by pharmacists in their workplaces and improve ways in which positive change can be implemented.

I was delighted to be given the opportunity to be part of the PDA Union, working with the union and be in a position where I can influence the pharmacy agenda nationally and provide support to pharmacists.

Essra Fleet (Hospital & Primary Care pharmacist, Greater Manchester)

I currently work as part of the Neighbourhood Integrated Practice Pharmacists in Salford team, where I spend half of my time working in Hospital and half of my time in GP practice. I joined the PDA as a pre-registration Pharmacist.

Richard Hutton (Locum/Consultant Pharmacist, NORTH ENGLAND, AND PDA Union REGIONAL OFFICIAL FOR THE NORTH)

I started my career in Pharmacy many years ago, initially as proprietor of a chain of Pharmacies which I built up over the next twenty years. Upon disposal of these I moved into sales and marketing in the Pharmacy wholesale sector.

I then progressed to a portfolio of jobs including lecturing in further education, provision of locum services to community and prison pharmacy and some consultancy work.

I have also worked for several years in the financial services industry and been engaged in public service both serving as a magistrate and a member of the I.M.B. (Home Office). I am the PDA Union Regional Official for the North.

David Rawlinson (Community Pharmacist, Cumbria)

I’ve been a community pharmacist since registering in 2002, I joined the PDA initially for indemnity insurance when I started locuming in 2007 and later this provided union membership too. From both locuming and in permanent positions I have experienced most aspects of community pharmacy from the big multiples and supermarket pharmacies to small family run chains and single independents.

When the opportunity to contribute to the PDA Union arose, it was something that I really wanted to do as I had seen incidences of unfair treatment and increasing workplace pressures.

Louise Ryan (Hospital Pharmacist, Leeds)

I am an antimicrobial pharmacist at a large teaching hospital. I also work an occasional locum shift in the community. I have been involved with the PDA Union since university as I believe the services on offer cannot be matched by other organisations.


Get in touch

If you wish to contact any of the committee members, please email: north@pda-union.org

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