PDA Union South East England Regional Committee

Meet the PDA Union members who serve on the South East Regional Committee:


I’m a community pharmacist of 20 years and have undertaken a variety of roles within Boots, where I am also part of the PDA Reps Network. I look forward to using the experience attained in my new role as a committee regional representative for the PDA in both providing support and representing the views of pharmacists within my region.


I have had a very varied pharmacy career in non-traditional roles but have also worked in both primary care and community pharmacy. I have been a PDAU member since graduation and although fairly new to Boots, I am confident I can use my wider experience to develop this new role. I am a Regional Representative for Airports and Stations and am the London Divisional Representative as part of the PDA Reps Network in Boots. I am excited to use these experiences as a PDAU Regional and Divisional representative to support and represent my pharmacist colleagues and help bring about positive change.


I work as the lead pharmacist for a busy independent pharmacy. My experience comes from a range of community settings, helping me to understand the pressures that all community pharmacists face. I joined the PDA during university and worked as a student rep for most of my years there, promoting the causes that the PDA supports and helping to raise awareness of key issues in the world awaiting future pharmacists. I also work as the PCN community lead pharmacist for my area and this helps me to engage with as many pharmacists as possible to support them.


Hi fellow PDAU members! My name is Bayo Adegbite and I am a Locum Community Pharmacist in South East England. I have many years of experience across both multiple and independent community pharmacies and I have joined the Regional Committee to improve the working lives of PDAU locums in particular, and increase recruitment of new PDAU members.


Born and raised in Cuba, I obtained my pharmacist’s qualifications at the University of Havana. My first position in hospital pharmacy in the UK was as pharmacy technician at a hospital in East London, following which I completed my conversion course at the University of Sunderland and then undertook the pharmacist pre-registration training.

I am passionate and committed to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace and in society. I founded and chaired a Staff Award winning “Equality Achievement Network” at one of the Trusts in which I worked. In 2018, I founded the UK Black Pharmacist Association (UKBPA) and in 2019, founded “Romford Speaker,” an affiliated club of Toastmasters International. Currently I am the president of both organisations. I am a volunteer supporting the “Action for Trustee Racial Diversity” campaign and in February 2020 became a member of the PDAU’s South East Regional Committee.


I am a primary care GP pharmacist rep in the South East for the PDA Union. I have been a PDA member since my pre-reg in 2006 and have worked mainly in community pharmacies for a decade where I still occasionally work as a locum community pharmacist. I am also part of The Pharmacist Cooperative team, so have experience championing pharmacists across all sectors and have a prominent social media presence, so I am easily accessible and have given many hours of my spare time giving countless advice to pharmacists around the country for support.

Being elected as a PDA Union regional committee member, I endeavour to ensure fair representation for our members and that the advancement of our profession meets and exceeds the needs of our entire Pharmacy profession and also help to support grassroots pharmacists working tirelessly on the ground daily.

Nayantara Chotai (Community & Locum Pharmacist, South East)

I work as a consultant Pharmacist, supporting independent Pharmacist owners, providing professional support. I also do occasional locum work, to keep my knowledge up-to-date. I have been a member of PDA & Now PDA Union since 2010, when I set up my consultancy company. In 2020 I was elected as President of the National Association of Women Pharmacists (NAWP).


My main area of practice has been in both NHS and Private Hospital Pharmacy. I also have experience of community and prison Pharmacy. My main area of interest in Pharmacy is risk reduction for patients and staff, via the creation of optimal working environments. I also have an interest in, and believe that team participation, effective communication, training and development underpin the safer working agenda.

I have been involved in the development of the PDA ‘Safer Pharmacy Charter’ for both the community and hospital sectors. The principles set out in each are the foundation of operating a safe Pharmacy which supports our members and patients in those areas of practice. Overall, I strive to develop networks so that colleagues can undertake their work safely and efficiently.


Hi All! My name is Gaurav Sood and I am currently a hospital pharmacist working at the University College London Hospitals Trust. I qualified in 2019 and I have been a member of the South East England PDA committee since July 2018. As I am quite new to the profession, I still have a lot to learn. However, I hope that my frontline insight into hospital pharmacy will help to implement major change that will aid in consolidating pharmacy as a serious professional career. I aim to continue to support the PDA throughout my career, making a positive difference using all the skills and experience I have at my disposal. 


Get in touch

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

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