About the Community Pharmacy Group

Community Pharmacy Group Committee

Luvjit Kandula, LPC and Diabetes - CPG Chair & Midlands Lead

Chief Officer, Leicestershire and Rutland Local Pharmaceutical Committee

Luvjit currently works as the Chief Officer of Leicestershire and Rutland Local Pharmaceutical Committee. Her role involves advancing community pharmacy in the local NHS whilst representing Community Pharmacists interests.

Luvjit has extensive experience working as a Community Pharmacist also having worked in hospital pharmacy and industry both in the UK and abroad. Previous roles include Head of Pharmacy Services and Management of the Pre-registration Programme and also Chairing Warwickshire Local Pharmaceutical Committee.

David Bearman - Vice Chair & South West Lead

David Bearman –Previously worked for Boots in a number of management roles in procurement, group and international development and headed the customer strategy and insight department a role he also fulfilled at the Barclays group. Sat on the PEC of Plymouth PCT, provided project leadership for the SHA and DH and customer and business development support to Plymouth Hospitals Trust. Currently developing pharmacy integration approaches with roles for the LPC(Chair), CRN(network lead) and LPN(Chair), PCPA CPG (Vice Chair), NAPC,CEPN (chair) working for Well as a community pharmacist and a member of Plymouth Health and Wellbeing Board and Devon STP boards on Workforce and Primary Care.

Current key areas of focus include the creation of the South West collaborative to provide new approaches to working together and new roles with enhanced career opportunities and to reframe Community and Practice Pharmacy to be a key contributors to the sustainability of the Primary Care System

Babir Malik - Northern Lead

Babir Malik is an author, Weldricks Teacher Practitioner, at the University of Bradford, Green Light Northern Pre-registration Lead, Charity Ambassador for Pharmacist Support, and is also OTC Lead for the RPS Pre-registration Conferences. 

Babir currently practices in Weldricks Pharmacy, Scunthorpe. In June 2016, his pharmacy was awarded the Chemist and Druggist Medicines Optimisation Award for their innovative LPS Intervention Service. As a Teacher Practitioner, his role includes being Respiratory Lead for the Clinical Pharmacy Community Diploma. Furthermore, Babir undertook a 10 week secondment as a Clinical Commissioning Group Pharmacist early in 2016 in North Lincolnshire.


Rajinder Matharu - London Lead


Rajinder is currently the Superintendent Pharmacist for three branches in the East London/Essex region (AA Polypharma Ltd) & is the lead for co-ordinating Pre-registration placements. He has previously worked within the medicines management team for Sutton and Merton PCT.

He specialises in Urology and Travel Medicine. He has conducted in-depth research which has been published in the British Journal of Urology International1. He is a member of International Continence Society (ICS), & was accredited in 2015 from the Kings Anticoagulant Course.

He is a qualified Independent Pharmacist Prescriber which allows him to develop new services, & enhance medicines optimisation for the local population. 

Jonny Clarke -Northern Ireland Lead

Jonathon Clarke graduated from Queen's University Belfast, School of Pharmacy with a 1st Class Masters of Pharmacy degree in 2011. After qualifying as a pharmacist, he then worked as a locum pharmacist throughout Northern Ireland prior to taking up the position of Clinical Pharmacist, within the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast.  

Jonathon is Founder and CEO of Locate a Locum: An online platform connecting pharmacists directly with employers.

Andre Yeung – North East Lead

Andre is a pharmacy consultant at Andre Yeung Ltd where he provides practical advice to Local Authority, NHS and Pharmaceutical Organisations about community pharmacy. He works for Newcastle City Council as a Senior Specialist Advisor within the Public Health Department, providing strategic input into the planning, commissioning and management of key services.  Andre is also Chair of the NHS England Local Professional Network for Northumberland, Tyne & Wear (NTW).

Andre has previously worked as a Business Development Manager for Celesio and was responsible for designing, tendering, implementing and managing large service contracts in partnership with NHS organisations.  He also worked as Area Manager for Co-Operative Pharmacy and an Independent Pharmacy chain and as part of two Local Pharmaceutical Committees, has represented the interests of hundreds of pharmacies for a number of years across the North East.

Mike Maguire – North East Lead

As MD/Community Pharmacist at Marton Pharmacy in Middlesbrough, Michael has worked to transform the health and wellbeing of his community. He campaigned for, and subsequently worked with the Public Health Team, to bring Healthy Living Pharmacies to Tees. In 2009, Michael won the UK Community Pharmacist of the Year Award, and has since won national awards for Excellence in Training, Innovation and Excellence in Business, and an award from Mayor Ray Mallon for Services to the Community.

Michael is an Honorary Lecturer at Durham University School of Pharmacy, and Chair of the Local Professional Network for Durham, Darlington, and Tees on behalf of NHS England. Michael has inspired audiences from the UK to Dubai, has mentored and coached Pharmacists, Nurses and GPs, and is currently delivering Leadership Training to Healthy Living Pharmacies and LPCs. Michael has recently been instrumental in devising and launching the NHS111 Community Pharmacy Referral Service

Darren Powell – East Lead

Darren graduated from the University of Bradford, and has worked in community pharmacy roles throughout his career. He currently is a Regional Deputy Superintendent Pharmacist for Weldricks Pharmacy based in Yorkshire. He is also a long-standing Doncaster Local Pharmaceutical Committee member and a reserve member for the GPhC Fitness to Practice Committee.
Previous roles include Teacher Practitioner, Pre-registration Training Coordinator, PCT Clinical Governance Committee member and Practice Pharmacist in a GP surgery.

Adam Irvine – North West Lead

Adam is Chief Executive Officer of Greater Manchester LPC and is committed to developing the role Community Pharmacy plays within healthcare in the UK. As well as his LPC role, Adam is a key figure within devolution in Greater Manchester, sitting on the GM Health & Social Care Partnership's Strategic Partnership Board representing primary care, being a member (and the next chair) of Primary Care Advisory Group, Pharmacy Advisory Group as well as other key boards such as the Medicines Strategy Board, Greater Manchester Medicines Management Group and an active member of the LPN, chairing the Service Development group.

Prior his current position, Adam worked for LloydsPharmacy in the Healthcare Services role, developing relationships and innovative ways of delivering healthcare with key NHS and private customers. He has also held several positions within community pharmacies for LloydsPharmacy, Boots and independents. Adam graduated from the University of Nottingham in 1999.

Michael Lennox – South West Lead

Michael has 30 years leadership and operational experience within the pharmacy and healthcare sector.

As a qualified pharmacist, Michael has excellent and a highly-detailed understanding of community pharmacy, the NHS and the delivery of healthcare products and services.  Michael has had national roles within community pharmacy allowing him to apply his diverse and extensive skills-base in people leadership as well as customer-facing business operational and development arenas.

Michael is a Member of Southwest NHS England Local Professional Network for Pharmacy (representing Somerset). Chief Executive Officer for Somerset Local Pharmaceutical Committee. Clinical Pharmacy Service Development Manager, Livewell Southwest. Council Member, National Association of Primary Care (lead for Community Pharmacy Development). Previously National Business Development Manager Healthcare Services at Celesio UK.

Satyan Kotecha – West Midlands Lead

Satyan, an experienced Community Pharmacist for over 20 years, presently Superintendent Pharmacist of K & K Healthcare Ltd.

Satyan has previously worked as PEC (Professional Executive Committee) Pharmacist for Leicester City PCT, he currently serves on LLR and Warwickshire Local Pharmaceutical Committees. Arden Hereford Worcester LPN Chair  December 2013 – November 2015 and now covers the West Midlands NHS geography.

Satyan is the LPC representative on Arden Area Prescribing Committee & Respiratory sub-group, and he is also a member of West Midland Diabetes Clinical Network.

Ellie Robinson - West Midlands Lead

Ellie qualified as a Pharmacist in August 2016 and started working as a Pharmacist Store Manager for Boots in the West Midlands in October 2016.

She was awarded the Boots Pre-Registration Pharmacist of the Year Award for the work she had carried out both within and outside her pre-registration store. From here, Ellie went on to be awarded Highly Commended Recognition in the Pre-Registration Graduate of the Year category at the Chemist and Druggist Awards 2016.

Ellie continues to maintain close links with the BPSA, having taken on the role of BPSA Vice President in her first year post qualification. She represented the BPSA with a variety of different stakeholders whilst in her term of office, and through this work was awarded Honorary Life Membership of the BPSA in April 2017.



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