Our Trustees

Professor Anthony Smith (Chair)

Prior to his appointment at UCL on January 1st, 2012 Anthony was Principal and Dean of the School of Pharmacy, University of London. The School of Pharmacy merged with UCL in January 2012.  He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and an Honorary Fellow of the School of Pharmacy.

Anthony is a member of the Modernising Pharmacy Careers Programme Board of Medical Education England and he is co-lead of the workstream reforming pre-qualification pharmacy education and training. He was Chair of the UK Council of University Heads of Pharmacy from 2007 – 2011 and served on the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Authority Chemistry, Pharmacy and Standards Expert Advisory Group from 2007 to 2009.

He is a member of the governing body of the Institute of Education, University of London and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In addition to his interests in education and healthcare, his research has focussed on the environmental adaptations of pathogenic bacteria leading to enhanced virulence and resistance to antibiotics.

Mr Peter Curphey

Peter has extensive experience in senior management roles within community pharmacy, most notably at Boots. He also ran his own pharmacy. He was a Member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Council from 1994 – 2003; elected a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in 1997; and was President from 1997-1998.

Other past roles include Chairman of the Pharmacy Sector Committee (Skills for Health). Peter is currently a member of the Appeals Committee of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance Accountants and a full member of the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) Investigation Committee. On The Isle of Man he is a member of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs and a member of the Health Services Consultative Committee. Peter leads the visiting degree accreditation team on behalf of the GPhC and was a Trustee of the Pharmacy Practice Research Trust (PPRT) from 1999 to 2012.

Professor Brian Edwards

Brian is Emeritus Professor of Health Care Development at the University of Sheffield where he was Dean of the School for Health and Related Research. Prior to this he had an extended career in health services management which included the management of a large teaching hospital and two NHS regions [Trent and West Midlands]. He was a member of the NHS Management Board and Chair of a large mental health Trust.

He was President of the Hospital Committee for Europe for three years. He continues to add to his extensive writings on health policy which include the history of the NHS. His master classes on health management and ethics continue to be very popular. Brian was previously a Trustee of the Pharmacy Practice Research Trust.

Mr Anthony Clinch

Tony worked for Unilever PLC in various capacities from 1955 until his retirement. He was latterly Director of Finance for The Leverhulme Trust and the Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust. Other past activities include; Member of the Investment Sub-Committee of the Institute of Chartered Management Accountants, Governor/Trustee of Kingston Grammar School, Trustee of the Royal Pinner School Foundation and member of the Charity Finance Directors Group. Tony is currently a Committee member of Friends of the Lambeth Community Care Centre and was previously a Trustee of the Pharmacy Practice Research Trust.

Mr Martin Astbury

Martin joined the RPSGB Council in 2003 and was Vice President 2007 from to 2010. He became the first President of the new RPS in October 2010, a position he held until July 2014. He continues to be a member of the English Pharmacy Board. For many years Martin has been involved with local activity in North Wales and North West England.

He was a member of the British Pharmaceutical Students Association (BPSA) Executive 1992-1993, and was President of the Students Union at The School of Pharmacy, University of London 1991-1992. Martin was a Trustee of the Pharmaceutical Trust for Education and Charitable Objects (PTECO) and was also an ex-offico Trustee of the Pharmacy Practice Research Trust (PPRT) He has been the RPS representative on FIP (the International Pharmaceutical Federation) Council since 2007.

Mrs Susan Ashelby

Sue’s career has been in hospital clinical pharmacy with experience in education and training as well as GP prescribing advice.She has taught at The Welsh School of Pharmacy since 1999 and was an Associate Course Director for the Cardiff University MSc in Clinical Pharmacy for a number of years.

She has been a Member of All Wales Education and Training subcommittee of the All Wales Chief Pharmacists group involved with setting strategic direction for education in Wales and advising the Welsh Chief Pharmacists committee. She has also been involved in the Welsh Pharmacists Project Oversight Group, overseeing the production of an annual audit with participation from all hospitals in Wales. Sue has been a Trustee of St Madoc CYC Trust since 2010 and a Trustee of the Pharmaceutical Trust for Educational and Charitable Objects from 2011 to 2012.

Mr Malcolm Harrison

Malcolm Harrison is the Senior Manager for Projects & Contracts Development at Boots UK, supporting the development of national pharmacy contract frameworks for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. As part of the International Public Affairs team within Walgreens Boot Alliance, Malcom works with public bodies and industry representative organisations to explore how community pharmacy can support the healthcare system in proving better care for all.

Before moving into the public affairs arena, Malcom worked in a variety of roles across community pharmacy and held positions in retail operations and leadership. As the project manager for the Community Pharmacy Future programme, he works across the community pharmacy sector in developing new services to improve the care of patients and deliver savings for the NHS. Malcolm is a pharmacist himself and a member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.