Our trustees

Meet the Pharmacist Support board of trustees who are legally responsible for the effective governance of the charity and for safeguarding the charity’s assets.

Pharmacist Support has ten trustees, each of which is appointed for an initial term of three years. Trustees are able to serve a maximum of nine years consecutively, which provides an opportunity for fresh perspectives, skills and experience to be included on a regular basis. The trustees are responsible for our governance and strategic direction.

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We aim to have a board that reflects the diversity of the pharmacy profession, and ensures full insight into the challenges and needs faced by our pharmacy family. Meet our board of trustees below and understand what motivates them to volunteer for the pharmacy profession’s charity!

Esther Sadler-Williams (Chair)

With over 40 years’ experience in a variety of pharmaceutical roles (retail, hospital and industry), and having established a number of businesses, Esther brings with her insight into the many sectors of pharmacy along with strong strategic business skills. Esther has also been involved in a number of pharmaceutical steering groups to drive change within the industry.

Anita Cawley (Vice Chair)

Passionate about clinical development, Anita has spent most of her professional life in the pharmaceutical industry with some practical experience in hospital and community pharmacy. She has 25 years’ clinical research experience and founded Aptus Clinical, a niche clinical research organisation, with two former colleagues in 2014. Anita has been a trustee at Pharmacist Support since 2014 and has served as both Vice Chair and Chair during that period. Having being born with Cerebral Palsy she has real life experience of disability in the workplace and is also a Trustee at Warrington Disability Partnership (WDP). Anita was awarded a Fellowship of the RPS in 2019.

David Downham

A graduate of Cambridge University, David qualified as a Chartered Accountant in the Business Assurance division of Coopers & Lybrand. After managing a wide assortment of audit clients in varying industries from textiles to manufacturing to retail, David joined an online pharmacy as Head of Finance.

After a brief hiatus as Financial Director of an Executive Recruitment firm and an online resourcing business, he returned to pharmacy as Head of Finance for a small chain of community pharmacies in Yorkshire, from which his own business ET Downham was spun out. ET Downham now offers financial support and accountancy services to a range of clients in and around the sector.

Karen Harrowing

Karen has 40 years’ worth of experience in public, private and voluntary healthcare settings. In these roles she has been involved in national committees and boards focused on improving safety in healthcare through regulation and standards.  This work has included developing new policies, working closely with HR teams, to support staff during investigation of patient safety incidents. Karen has also held non-executive roles, including in improving standards and codes of practice in complaint management. In recognition of her outstanding service Karen was made a voting member of the largest UK healthcare charity in 2015. Her portfolio now includes independent advisory roles on regulation, quality governance and safety, an Associate and Partner role at GPhC, Honorary member of APTUK and a Fellow of the RPS, where she continues to support on the MEP panel and other advisory groups.

Mohammed Hussain

Mohammed has worked at senior level in a portfolio career spanning national regulation, education, national health care technology and service redesign. He is the Senior Clinical Lead for Live Services at NHS Digital, leading a clinical team that supports NHS Digital’s Live services across England. Mohammed has served on a number of Boards and is currently a Non- Executive Director at Bradford NHS Teaching Hospitals Trust and Chair of the Quality Academy. He is a Fellow of both the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK and a Founding Fellow of the Faculty of Clinical Informatics. Mohammed remains a practising pharmacist and is an elected Independent member of his LPC and is passionate about health technology, championing diversity and delivering excellent clinical care.

Paul Johnson

Paul joined Pharmacist Support as an ambassador whilst working as Head of Professional Development for Buttercups Training. He has worked extensively in community and primary care pharmacy and has special interests in foundation pharmacist training and public health. He also works part-time as a hospital chaplain.

Mala Khiroya 

Mala has worked as a pharmacist for over 15 years in various community and hospital pharmacy roles. She is currently Managing Director and Superintendent Pharmacist of the outpatient pharmacies within Leicester Hospitals where she aims to ensure patients receive high quality, safe and effective care, and ensure the health and wellbeing of colleagues. Mala has successfully completed the Mary Seacole Leadership programme and in 2015 was selected as a finalist in the region for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s I love my Pharmacist award.

Alison Scowcroft

Alison is a community pharmacist with 20 years’ experience in front line pharmacy, head office, business development and LPC roles. She worked for Co-op and then Well pharmacy for 17 years, eventually moving into a variety of head office roles. In her current role as Director of Strategic Programmes at the not-for-profit Greater Manchester community pharmacy provider company CHL, Alison leads the organisation’s strategic and business planning, operating framework and stakeholder engagement & management. From 2004 she was a committee member (and Chair from 2008) for Oldham, Tameside, and Glossop LPC. Alison was also a founding member of the GM association of LPCs (CPGM) prior to LPCs formally merging in 2016.

Mark Sweeney

Mark is an experienced pharmacist and Independent Prescriber, with a special interest in the treatment of addiction, anxiety, and depression. Alongside clinical practise, he is currently a PhD Student in the Department of Brain Sciences at Imperial College, London. He volunteers with several organisations to promote harm reduction services and evidence-based drug policy to improve public health.

Sarah Willis

Sarah is an experienced academic, researcher and former Company Director, with a background in both private and public sectors. She is a senior lecturer in the Alliance Business School at the University of Manchester. Sarah was previously a research fellow for the Centre for Postgraduate Pharmacy Education and Manchester Pharmacy School where in 2013 she first became involved with Pharmacist Support, leading the evaluation of the charity’s Wardley Wellbeing pilot.