PDA Union West England and Wales Regional Committee

Meet the PDA Union members who serve on the West and Wales Regional Committee:


I have been working in primary care since 2003 and also have over 20 years’ experience in the community sector as a locum and pharmacy manager. I recently took on a primary care network role as Lead Pharmacist for the Wyre Forest Network of Independent Practices, and am supporting the development of the clinical pharmacist team across 5 practices, as well as working with community pharmacy leads in the area to encourage collaborative working.

Prior to my current position, I was employed as part of the Policy Team at the Pharmacists’ Defence Association. Having worked for the PDA and seen first-hand how passionately the organisation supports individual pharmacists, I am keen to promote PDA membership and represent primary care pharmacists in the Western England and Wales region for the PDA Union.


I qualified in 2002 and have held various roles including store-based pharmacist, relief pharmacist and locum. I am currently practising as a locum and community pharmacy based independent prescriber. As part of the PDA representative role, I will be involved in increasing awareness about the benefits of PDA membership to the pharmacy profession.


I have been a pharmacist since 2011 and have worked predominantly in Community Pharmacy. I have worked in various roles within community pharmacy, spanning from superintendent to branch manager. I also work with pharmacy students to aid their learning and development, as they are the next generation of pharmacists. I am passionate about Pharmacists’ rights, safety and wellbeing, which is why I am a Pharmacist Support Ambassador and the PDA Union’s Regional Committee Representative for Community Pharmacists in Wales and the West of England. I believe everyone should have access to a union who speaks and works for them, which is what I and the PDA endeavour to do.


“I qualified as a pharmacist in 1990, and have worked in community practice since then, mainly as an employee, but also doing some locum work. I first joined the PDA when I saw how colleagues had been helped by the PDA support team. I continue to be involved with the PDA as I strongly believe in what the association stands for, i.e. looking after the interests of individual pharmacists. This is especially important as workplace pressures continue to increase, and I believe in the PDA’s commitment to helping to improve patient safety and care through improvement of working conditions.”

Anne is part of the PDAU Boots Reps Network. 

Helen Lewis (COMMUNITY PHARMACIST, SOUTH WALES and PDA Union Regional official for the west and wales)

Helen qualified as a pharmacist in 1990 and worked for Boots for 27 years in various pharmacist, management, deployment and field roles. Helen is now a community locum, trade union rep and PDAU Regional Official for Wales and the West.

Helen is the PDAU Reps Network Co-ordinator for Boots. 


Having qualified in 1979, I was employed in the community sector, becoming a contractor in 1986. I sold my pharmacy in 1999 and became a locum, working in the community, hospital and, very occasionally, the prison sector. In 2002 I became involved in the primary care sector as a pharmacy advisor, initially on a part-time and self-employed basis before becoming employed as such a few years’ ago. In November 2019, I changed employment to become a clinical practice pharmacist, so I have a wide experience in many sectors.

I believe we need a body that represents pharmacists on a general basis but also on an individual basis. We are seeing big changes in pharmacy and the PDA is working hard to ensure that pharmacists are looked after and work in a safe environment. I am proud to have been involved in the PDA Union from its inception, initially on the locum group and later becoming a union representative.


I have been qualified as a pharmacist for over 40 years – initially as an employee community pharmacist, before being a proprietor of an independent pharmacy. Lately, I have practiced as a Locum pharmacist in West Wales and joined the PDA in 2009. I am also a member of the RPS Welsh Pharmacy Board.


From 2007, I worked in a community pharmacy setting before later transitioning into primary care. My experiences within community pharmacy, from working as a counter assistant through to managing a Pharmacy, helped shape my foundation. I then decided to undertake the challenge of a clinical diploma, which opened up the door to work within a privately run mental health organisation.

I decided to support the PDA as I am passionate about how as Pharmacists, we can act as ambassadors for the next generation. We demonstrate our clinical expertise, ensure better health outcomes for patients, save cost to the NHS/taxpayers and drive forward new models of working, which can all provide challenges. Therefore, as a PDA rep, I am eager to ensure that pharmacists driving this change are protected, whilst also supporting the fundamental work that our existing members maintain.


I qualified as a pharmacist in 2003 and have practiced in various settings across community pharmacy including relief, branch manager and locum roles. I am currently a pharmacy manager.

I have seen first-hand many of the issues that affect pharmacists in a community pharmacy environment. I am keen to share my insight for the betterment of all pharmacists.

Get in touch

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

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