Our Trustees

Malcolm Harrison (Chair)

Malcolm is the Chair of Pharmacy Research UK, having first joined the board as a trustee in 2016, and becoming chair in 2021.

Malcolm is the Chief Executive of the Company Chemists’ Association (CCA).  The CCA is the trade association for large pharmacy operators in England, Scotland and Wales.  Previously Malcolm worked as part of the Walgreens Boots Alliance International Healthcare Public Affairs team.  In 2016 Malcolm became a Fellow of the NHS Innovation Accelerator programme, working with NHS England and the Academic Health Science Networks to develop new ways in which innovation and technology in pharmacy can be brought to market at scale within the NHS.

Malcolm previously worked in a variety of roles within Boots UK both as a pharmacist and within retail operations.  Malcolm has been a registered pharmacist for over 20 years and is a member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.  He holds a CIPR Diploma in Public Affairs.

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.

Raymond Anderson

Raymond is a pharmacist, running two busy community pharmacies in Portadown in Northern Ireland. Alongside this he has held a wide range of professional and non-executive roles, including as President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland and President of the Commonwealth Pharmacists Association.

He currently sits on the European Medicines Agency Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee, appointed as a healthcare professional representative by the European Commission. He had also held a number of non-executive roles outside the world of pharmacy. He joined the Pharmacy Research UK trustee board in 2019.

Martin Astbury

Martin is a pharmacist and became the first President of the new Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) in October 2010 and was returned as President in 2016 for his 5th term.

He is currently on the English Pharmacy Board and Assembly of the RPS. His patient-facing role is with Wm Morrison Pharmacies.

Internationally Martin is an Executive Committee member of the FIP (International Pharmaceutical Federation) Community Pharmacy section.

Susan Ashelby

Sue was a member of the Pharmaceutical Trust for Educational and Charitable Objects (PTECO),  and became a founder trustee for PRUK on its formation in 2012. She worked in the hospital sector as a clinical pharmacist and went on to teach at the Cardiff University School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. In addition she has experience as a pharmaceutical adviser in general practice.

Dr Victoria King

Victoria joined the Pharmacy Research UK trustee board in 2019, bringing with her a wealth of experience in research strategy and grant management. She is currently  Director of Grants at Barts Charity, one of the UK’s oldest and largest foundations focused on improvements to healthcare. Prior to this she held a number of different roles at the Wellcome Trust, most recently as Head of Science Strategy Delivery, and has held positions at several research-funding charities including Diabetes UK and Asthma UK.

Dr Dimitri Varsamis

Dimitri Varsamis works at NHS England on health strategy and policy. He
has worked in a variety of roles across the healthcare sector, as well as NHS
England he has held roles at the Care Quality Commission, the Healthcare
Commission and a number of health trusts. He has a background in
academic research, as well as previous experience in non-executive and
advisory roles. He joined the Pharmacy Research UK trustee board in 2019.