Dr Robert Hammond, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Orbital Diagnostics, University of St Andrews, UK

Dr Robert Hammond joined the Infection group at the University of St Andrews in 2012 as a PhD student. His research centres on Mycobacterium species, specifically Mycobacteria tuberculosis. Working with Professor Stephen Gillespie in the school of medicine they aim to glean information about the population of Mycobacterium bacteria in in vivo and ex vivo samples from individuals suffering with the disease through the use of highly sensitive laser scattering techniques.

He is a senior scientist for Orbital Diagnostics (ODx), University of St Andrews, and co-inventor of the Scattered Light Integrated Collector (SLIC), which has recently won a Longitude Prize Discovery Award.
Gwyn Jones, Chairman, Ruma

Gwyn has a long history with the NFU, starting as local Branch Chairman in West Sussex, County Milk Chairman, County Chairman and Council Delegate. Gwyn was elected National Dairy Board Chairman in 2004 (6 years) and Vice President of the NFU in 2010 (2 years).

Gwyn served on Milklink Co-op Council, and was also a Main Board Member of Dairy UK, Chairman of Dairy UK Producer’s Forum, and served as Vice Chairman of COPA (Committee of Professional Organisations) Milk Committee in Brussels.

Gwyn was a Council member of MDC (Milk Development Council) for 7 years; Chairman of MDC Evaluations and MDC Farm Management Committees during that time.

He is also Past Chairman of 5 Oaks Discussion Group, Ruminators Discussion Group and West Sussex Grassland Society.
Malcolm Harrison, Senior Manager, Projects & Contracts Development, Boots UK

Malcolm works for Boots UK as Senior Manager for Projects & Contracts Development.

Malcolm is a Fellow of the NHS Innovation Accelerator programme, working with the NHS and the Academic Health Science Networks to develop new ways in which innovation and technology can be brought to market at scale within the NHS. He is the programme manager for Community Pharmacy Future initiative, leading a collaboration between the UK’s four largest community pharmacy chains to develop and demonstrate new services to improve the care of patients and deliver savings for the NHS.

He is also a trustee for Pharmacy Research UK. Malcolm is a registered pharmacist and a member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. He has worked in a variety of roles across the community pharmacy sector, as well as holding positions within retail operations and leadership.
Kaye Greig, Community Pharmacy Scotland

Rose Marie Parr, Chief Pharmaceutical Officer at the Scottish Government

Rose Marie undertook her pharmacy undergraduate degree and postgraduate degrees at the School of Pharmacy at Strathclyde University Glasgow and her Doctorate in Education at Glasgow University.

She has worked in hospital pharmacy in the 1980-1990s in various posts in Lanarkshire Health Board and Forth Valley Health Board areas.

In 1993 she became the Director of Postgraduate Pharmacy Education for Scotland known as SCPPE (or SKIPPY) to pharmacists. SCPPE had a remit for all postgraduate education for pharmacists in the NHS.

In April 2002 SCPPE was brought together with other professional educational groups into the Special Health Board, NHS Education for Scotland (NES) which has a remit for all NHS staff in Scotland. Rose Marie Parr was the Director of Pharmacy for NHS Education for Scotland.

Rose Marie is also past Chair of the Scottish Pharmacy Board of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB) and a designated Fellow of the RPSGB and an Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Faculty Fellow.

Rose Marie currently holds honorary Professorships at both Scottish Schools of Pharmacy; Strathclyde University in Glasgow and Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen.

Since June 1, 2015 Rose Marie has taken up the post of Chief Pharmaceutical Officer (CPO) for Scotland, and is the policy and professional lead for Pharmaceutical Care and the NHS Pharmaceutical services across Scotland.

Jo McEwen, Advanced Nurse Practitioner, NHS Tayside

Jo has worked in the remit of Infection Prevention, Control and Management since 2002, initially within the Infectious Disease unit in NHS Tayside. In 2006 she moved towards a clinical academic career where she worked jointly between the University of Dundee as an associate lecturer and the Infectious Disease unit as a senior nurse. Jo joined the NHS Tayside infection control team in 2008 and subsequently NHS Tayside Health Protection team in 2013. To consolidate her clinical expertise, Jo successfully completed an MSc Advanced Practice in Infection: Disease, Prevention & Control at the University of Dundee.

In 2014 Jo was appointed as Scotlands first Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Antimicrobial Stewardship. Since taking up this post, Jo has been involved in leading and working with nursing and midwifery teams across NHS Tayside and further afield to promote the nursing/midwifery role in antimicrobial stewardship and infection management. During this time Jo has worked in collaboration with NHS Education Scotland and the Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group to develop the first interactive programme on Antimicrobial Stewardship for Nurses & Midwives which was launched in April 2015. She is also responsible for including the topic of antimicrobial stewardship to both the undergraduate and post-graduate nursing programme, with the University of Dundee being the first in the UK to offer this to nursing students.
Jonathan Laird MPHARM (HONS) MRPHARMS, Scottish Pharmacy Board Member

Johnathan is a community pharmacy manager working in rural Aberdeenshire. He has been qualified for ten years and is an independent prescriber. Johnathan has an interest in managing patients with asthma. He currently manages asthma patients in the community pharmacy via brief interventions but also runs a respiratory post exacerbation clinic at his local GP practice.

Future read/write access to the patient records, increased autonomy for pharmacists and promotion of the important emerging role of community pharmacy independent prescribers are topics of interest.

Johnathan is a member of the RPS Scottish Pharmacy Board. Johnathan also co-edits the pharmacy magazine website in Scotland called pharmacyinpractice.scot. He is a member of the Primary Care Respiratory Society conference organising committee this year and is committee member and Scottish representative for the Primary Care Pharmacist Association.