PDA Union Scotland and Northern Ireland Regional Committee

Meet the PDA Union members who serve on the Scotland and Northern Ireland Regional Committee:

Andrew Cheung (Hospital Pharmacist, Acute Care at Home, Musgrave Park Hospital, Belfast Trust)

I have been qualified as a pharmacist for 6 years, but have worked in pharmacy for almost 10. Before transferring to the Hospital Pharmacy sector two years ago I managed a busy Community Pharmacy in the city centre and it was at that time that I joined the PDA Union. Having worked my way through the ranks from Voluntary Pharmacy Student to Shop Assistant to Pharmacy Assistant to Second Pharmacist and then to Pharmacy Manager, I appreciate and can recognise the often complex and difficult situations that our colleagues face day to day – hence my involvement in the PDA Union to help support and shape our ever-changing profession for the better. Currently, I am focused on helping to improve the Hospital Pharmacy work environment in being more inclusive and culturally aware.

Emma Richmond (Community Locum, Edinburgh)

I am a community locum pharmacist with many years of experience with a background in ethics. I became involved with the PDA Union to help to protect and defend pharmacists against injustice and to promote the profession to the public.

Gordon Finlayson (Community Pharmacist, N.E. Scotland)

I have over 30 years of experience in the community pharmacy sector. I have worked for various employers in different locations throughout the UK. I got involved with the PDA Union because I wanted to be part of an organisation that puts pharmacists first. It is a great honour to be able to help pharmacists when they are in need of assistance, whether that is an employment or professional issue.

Laura Kearney (General Practice Pharmacist, Northern Ireland)

I have worked in Primary care for 4 years as a General Practice Pharmacist and for about 14 years before that as a Community Pharmacist. I am passionate about promoting pharmacy as a profession and in particular in Primary Care where we are fairly new to the team

Iain Speirits (Primary Care Pharmacist, Glasgow)

Since qualifying in 2002, I have spent the majority of my career in general practice as a prescribing support pharmacist. I have always retained a specialist interest in cardiology and now work 0.4 in post-MI and heart failure.

I am involved in PDA Union to help ensure that individual pharmacists’ voices are better heard and represented, so that we may further develop our profession in a clinical direction to provide best possible patient outcomes.

Leon  O’Hagan (Locum Pharmacist, Northern Ireland)

I have been a qualified pharmacist since 2003 and joined the PDA Union while I was working in England in 2009. Having seen first-hand the excellent work the PDA do for pharmacists, I felt compelled to assist in any way I could, and it was an easy decision for me to volunteer any free time for the PDA Union.

I believe a strong union empowers pharmacists to express their skills and professionalism to the benefit of their patients and I’m excited to be working with colleagues in Northern Ireland to represent and support pharmacists locally.


After becoming registered in 2000 in England, my career path has covered much of northwest England in pharmacist support and store manager roles. I was an LPC member in Liverpool and Trafford/Salford LPC as well as part of the community pharmacist steering group with the Salford Lung Study.

I’m a passionate community pharmacist who is keen to further the role of my fellow professionals in today’s modern healthcare environment as we deal with unprecedented change applying our skills and leadership as only pharmacists do.

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