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Speaker Biographies

This year's event included presentations from a variety of speakers on key topics. Read more about the speakers below.


Peter Rowe Deputy Chairman, East Lancashire NHS Trust


Peter Rowe is the Deputy Chairman of East Lancashire NHS Trust. He is the former QIPP lead for Medicines for the Department of Health.He has enjoyed a long career within the NHS covering pharmacy, primary care and general management. Peter was also Chief Executive of a Primary Care Trust for 10 years.

Jackie Eastwood Outsourced Medicines Supply Services Coordinator, NHS London Procurement Partnership


Jackie joined LPP in April 2016 to oversee homecare and outsourced outpatient services within London. Jackie previously worked as the pharmacy manager in St Mark's Hospital, Harrow for specialist colorectal medicine. There she managed a team caring for medical and surgical patients with bowel diseases. She is an expert in intravenous nutrition and has been involved in the provision of home parenteral nutrition since 1997. She is the current chair of the stakeholders’ group for the national HPN framework for England working with CMU in the purchase of HPN products and services.

Philip Aubrey Secondary Care Lead, Medicines Optimisation and Pharmacy Procurement, NHS London Procurement Partnership


Phil is an experienced hospital pharmacist by background who works as a Medicines Procurement Specialist for both London and East of England. He has been pivotal in using therapeutic tendering as a method of leveraging lower prices on branded medicines. Phil is a member of many national procurement groups including the Pharmaceutical Market Supply Group (PMSG), National Homecare Medicines Committee, Pharmacy Business and Technology Group, National Biosimilars Sub Group and Transitional Medicines Sub Group. He is also the Chair of the National Branded Medicines Sub Group of PMSG.


Jeanetta Nelson Senior Category Manager, Medical, Surgical & Supply Chain, NHS London Procurement Partnership


Jeanetta has procurement experience in the public and private sectors, including NHS and Local and Central Government. She has procured a variety of goods and services including foster care and telephony and most recently, diagnostics, mental health services and NHS111 & GP Out of Hours services. Jeanetta is CIPS qualified and has a Law degree.


Dr Bruce Warner Deputy Chief Pharmaceutical Officer


Bruce Warner is Deputy Chief Pharmaceutical Officer at NHS England, where he leads on medicines optimisation and antimicrobial resistance. He has responsibility for the strategic and operational development of medicines policy, and also works on the Community Pharmacy strategy. Bruce previously worked in patient safety as Associate Director of Patient Safety at the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA), and then as Deputy Director of Patient Safety at NHS England, where he led on the strategy for patient safety improvement for the NHS outcomes framework, and the patient safety advice and guidance function. This included work on sepsis and delivering the National Patient Safety Alerting System.


Ann Jacklin Professional Lead Hospital Pharmacy and Medicines Optimisation Project Department of Health BPharm, CHSM, FRPharmS


Ann is an independent and academic UK pharmacist. She was the Chief of Service for Pharmacy and Therapies at Imperial College NHS Trust until November 2012.  Ann chairs the Centre for Medication Safety & Service Quality University College London School of Pharmacy and also has a visiting Chair with the Department of Infectious Diseases at Imperial College. Since October 2014 Ann has been working with the DH as Professional Lead on the Hospital Pharmacy & Medicines Optimisation Project as part of Lord Carter’s NHS Productivity & Efficiency Programme.

Marc Osborne Project Manager, Medicines Optimisation & Pharmacy Procurement, NHS London Procurement Partnership


Marc joined the NHS in 1980 working in finance and then procurement. He has worked in senior procurement roles in trusts and health authorities. He headed up strategic purchasing and was Medical and Surgical lead and Associate Director at the Healthcare Purchasing Consortium. Prior to joining LPP he was acting Director of Procurement and Supply Chain at UCLH. Marc was Senior Workstream Lead for the Medical and Surgical and Supply Chain Workstream and is now is leading the project to establish a framework agreement for Outpatients’ Pharmacy Dispensing.

Sotiris Antoniou MRPharmS, MSc, DipMgt  Consultant Pharmacist, Cardiovascular Medicine, Barts Health NHS Trust


Sotiris Antoniou is a Consultant Pharmacist with over 15 years experience in managing cardiovascular patients. Sotiris is an independent prescriber working in a specialist hypertension clinic for difficult to control patients as part of the multi-disciplinary team. Sotiris is currently chair of the cardiac committee for United Kingdom Clinical Pharmacy Association (UKCPA) and has published extensively in the pharmacy press and is actively involved in the training and development of clinical pharmacists. Sotiris has served on the recently published NICE STEMI guideline as well as Unstable Angina/NSTEMI guideline and Stable Angina guideline and a member of NICE Highly Specialised Technology Appraisal Committee and an Honorary Senior Research Associate at UCL School of Pharmacy.

Dr Azhar Saleem GP and Respiratory Lead Lambeth


Dr Azhar Saleem graduated from UCL and is currently a GP in Lambeth. He is the Respiratory and Diagnostics Lead at Lambeth CCG and member of the Lambeth and Southwark Integrated Respiratory Team across the Kings Health Partners. With a keen interest for working on improving the primary/secondary care interface, he is the Lung and Primary Care Lead on the Transforming Outcomes and Healthcare Economics Through Imaging (TOHETI) at Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital. He is the GP Lead for the Children and Young People’s Health Partnership Paediatric Asthma group, and currently co-chair of the newly formed South East London Responsible Respiratory Prescribing Group. He works with LPP on the primary care QIPP group and the Respiratory working group.

Tim Root Specialist Pharmacist, NHS Specialist Pharmacy Service and Strategic Pharmaceutical Lead,, NHS London Procurement Partnership


In 2003 after 20 years as Chief Pharmacist at The Royal Marsden Hospital, Tim moved to East and South East England Specialist Pharmacy Services which is now part of the NHS Specialist Pharmacy Service commissioned by NHS England. He is also the Strategic Pharmaceutical Lead for NHS London Procurement Partnership.


Carl Marsh Delivery Partner, NHS Right Care


Carl has 30 years experience in healthcare, both as a clinician and senior manager. He joined the NHS in 2004 after completing 24 years’ service as a Field Medic in the Army Medical Services. During this time, he was employed in a variety of clinical and managerial roles ranging from being in charge of a medical section in support of an infantry Battle Group, Group Practice Manager and as the Regimental Sergeant Major of the Army’s premiere Field Hospital. Carl has a Masters in Public Administration (MPA), which is particularly relevant to those involved in delivering policy, leading modernisation projects, and supporting innovation.


Rishi Rampersad Business Intelligence Manager, NHS London Procurement Partnership


Rishi is a qualified pharmacy technician. He spent five years working in hospitals in a number of different pharmacy roles, including pharmacy procurement and financial reporting, and four years in a PCT dealing with GPs and providing prescribing analysis and strategic pharmaceutical support. He has developed dashboards and reporting systems which have been used by London and three other SHAs.