We have appointed a team of advisers to support us in developing future projects and expand our portfolio of work across the Commonwealth
MPharm DipClinPharm MRPharmS MPH FRSPH
Pharmacist Lead, AMR Programme, Public Health England
Diane is the brains behind the Antibiotic Guardian Campaign and is very keen to support tackling antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in the Commonwealth. She has led several national groups for guideline/guidance development and advocates for the role of pharmacy/pharmacists within Government policy. She has a key role in the national implementation of the UK AMR strategy and a strong research background that will be able to help the CPA with research and funding applications for AMR related projects.
Diane has spoken at several national and international conferences/workshops and meetings on the antimicrobial stewardship including at the World Health Organisation (WHO) and European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC). She has several peer reviewed publications and led/contributed to a number of national and international reports.
In 2015, Diane won the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Public Health Pharmacist of the Year and in 2016 was announced Outstanding Woman in Public Sector at the 10th PRECIOUS awards, which is supported yearly by the Prime Ministers.
BPharm, PGDip Pharm Prac, PGDiP Teaching & Learning in Higher Ed., FHEA, FRPharmS
Senior Teaching Fellow & Preregistration Co-ordinator, UCL School of Pharmacy, London
Nadia leads the pre-registration programme for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain and has written many books to support pre-registration pharmacists in their qualifying exams and is a great advocate of continual profession development. Nadia is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and she is committed to education & training for the pharmacy profession.
Nadia has been awarded the status of Fellow of the Royal pharmaceutical society for her excellence and contributions to the pharmacy profession. She is currently studying for her PhD around leadership in pharmacy and is a great advocate for women in leadership.
Working with the CPA, Nadia will help input into CPD platforms and training programmes that the CPA would like to develop in order to support pharmacists in the Commonwealth develop their clinical skills.
MPharm Teaching & Learning in Higher Ed.
Teaching Fellow Department of Practice and Policy, UCL School of Pharmacy, London
With a background in global health Oksana is heading up the UCL ‘Fight the Fakes’ campaign to tackle ‘fake’ medicines. Oksana has also partnered with the United Nations for the Global Partnership for Youth in the Post- 2015 Development Agenda (GPY 2015) to lobby local and national government to prioritise youth in the development agenda.
As a Fellow at University College London (UCL) School of Pharmacy, Oksana is also leading the UCL Global Citizenship Programme on Infectious Diseases and will be sharing her expertise in education, policy and regulation to support many of our member organisations in their efforts to safeguard public health.
BPharm MSc MRPharmS
Pharmacist Consultant in Resource Poor Settings
Trudi has a wealth of experience interacting with the incredible health care professionals working in very difficult situations, including disaster-relief areas. These challenging settings have allowed Trudi to learn a lot about the requirements in resource-poor settings, which she has used to help train others and build capacity according to need.
Trudi has great links with many Commonwealth countries and expertise in developing sustainable supplies of medicines to lower income countries. She will be able to use her knowledge and skills to help us support Commonwealth countries get access to essential medicines and strengthen quality supply chains.
In 2015 Trudi received a Special Recognition Award from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society for innovation in developing the field of humanitarian pharmacy practice.
Elizabeth (Libby) McCourt graduated from her Bachelor of Pharmacy in 2012, and a Graduate Certificate of International Public Health in 2014. She is a PhD Candidate at the Queensland University of Technology and works as a Clinical Pharmacist at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in Brisbane, Queensland.
Libby’s research explores ways in which pharmacist’s preparedness for disasters and emergencies may be enhanced. In March 2017, Libby was deployed to Mackay in the aftermath of Cyclone Debbie where she saw firsthand the challenges that health professionals and patients face during times of crisis.
Libby’s research interests lie in disaster preparedness, public health, and pharmacy practice in resource poor settings. Libby has volunteered within health sectors in the Philippines, Sri Lanka, and the Solomon Islands.
B. Pharmacy (Hons), PhD Candidate M.P.S
Kaitlyn graduated honours from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Pharmacy with first class. She then went onto to work as an oncology pharmacist at a private hospital in Brisbane, Australia – where she continues to work part-time. In 2016, Kaitlyn began undertaking her PhD at the Queensland University of Technology, focusing on disaster pharmacy and exploring the roles of pharmacists in disasters. Kaitlyn represents the postgraduate student body on the Research Degree Committee at QUT and is actively involved in assisting with undergraduate teaching in the pharmacy curriculum.
Sarah Cavanagh BSc (Hons) MRPharmS
Acting Director, Regional Medicines Information Pharmacist, EAMIS and Lecture, University of Suffolk
Sarah has a wealth of NHS and Global Health experience. Part of the UK Medicines Information (UKMI) Network and NHS England’s Specialist Pharmacy Service www.sps.nhs.uk she heads up the East Anglia Regional Medicines Information team based at Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust. Her interests include medication safety, partnership and interdisciplinary working and sharing learning and best practice both within the NHS and globally.
Sarah has strong links with many Commonwealth countries including Ghana where she worked for 3 years with Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO), Mozambique where she lead the Ipswich –Beira hospitals, UK AID (THET) funded Health Partnership project, and India, through her work with Calcutta Rescue.
She also the coordinates the Healthcare Information for All (HIFA) www.hifa.org working group for Prescribers and users of Information and sits on the HIFA steering Group.
Spoonful of Sugar Advisers
Amy Chan PhD BPharm (Hons) MPS
Research associate, University College London
Amy Chan is a postdoctoral researcher with the School of Pharmacy, UCL, and senior researcher for the behaviour change consultancy, Spoonful of Sugar Ltd. Amy has over a decade of research and clinical experience. Prior to her move to the UK, Amy led the clinical pharmacy service in mental health at Auckland Hospital whilst completing her PhD at The University of Auckland, which focused on medicines adherence. Amy has a passion for research and optimising the use of medicines to improve the lives of people. She is interested in understanding how human behaviour interacts with healthcare, and how to design interventions to improve medicines use based on this. Amy hopes to use her research and project skills to build on the work of the CPA.
Chloe Tuck MBiochem
Research development Lead, Spoonful of Sugar
Chloe has an intrigue in behavioural science and is passionate about using its insights to better medicines use. After obtaining a Masters in Biochemistry from Oxford University, Chloe gained experience in anti-cancer drug development across France, Germany and Sweden. She has since worked in communication roles encompassing UK health policy, public affairs, patient support and digital health, and in diverse settings, such as work developing disaster awareness and typhoon implementation plans in the Philippines. She now applies her enthusiasm for improving health outcomes to her work to apply behavioural innovations to real-world settings.
Dr Tom Kenny BM, MSc-PH(HSM), MFPH, MBA
CEO and Medical Director, Spoonful of Sugar
Tom started his career transforming General Practice using improvement science before he moved into NHS management and Public Health Medicine. Tom roles span directing and advising commissioning at all levels within the NHS, including as medical adviser for national highly specialised commissioning, evaluating drugs for rare diseases. While director of external relations, research delivery and impact for the NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies Co-ordinating Centre, he oversaw > 800 research projects and led NICE’s articulation of future research needs. As SoS’ CEO and Medical Director, he ensures high quality delivery of research and clinical content.