Staff profiles

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         Jonathan Brüün, Chief Executive

Strategic management, business development, human resources, policy development, links with industry.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7417 0113 | E-mail:

With a background in specialist healthcare communications, Jono joined the BPS as Head of Communications and Development in 2009 with a remit to enhance the Society’s engagement with its members and the public. He has helped deliver a public relations portfolio that includes new online services, enhanced outreach activities, and improved relations with the media. In his time at BPS, Jono has also driven the Society’s journals and publications strategy, its relationships with national and international partners, and its collaboration on new initiatives in support of UK drug discovery, development and delivery.

         Mike Poole, Finance and Commercial Director

Financial management and planning, operations management, corporate governance, constitutional matters.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7239 0113| E-mail:

Mike is an ACA-qualified Chartered Accountant with a wealth of financial and business expertise. His priority is to support the Society’s 5-year strategy with robust afinancial and business disciplines that protect, diversify and grow income while increasing efficiency. He is responsible for corporate services, including finance, IT, HR and facilities. Mike succeeded in a similar role at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health where he supported a period of fourfold income growth that included a significant income from publishing. He joins BPS from Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research where he recently changed their financial strategy and enabled them to safely commit their highest-ever annual sum towards research.

        Pamela Neil, Executive Assistant (covering maternity leave)

Supporting Council, Finance and Risk Committee, Industry Committee, Policy & Public Engagement Committee, Publications Committee and Nominations Group. 

Tel: +44 (0)20 7239 0177 | E-mail:

Pamela is responsible for the diary management of the President and President Elect, Hon Treasurer, CEO and Finance and Commercial Director.

         Anna Zecharia, Head of Education and Training

Administration and management associated with the BPS education and outreach functions.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7239 0187 | E-mail:

Anna was awarded a BSc in Pharmacology from Guy's, King's and St Thomas' School of Biomedical Science, with time spent at Pfizer (UK) and Cel-Sci (USA). She went on to complete her PhD and postdoctoral training in cellular and in vivo neuroscience at Imperial College London where she used genetic mouse models to study how natural sleep pathways interact with sedatives and general anaesthetics. She co-founded ScienceGrrl in 2012, a Not for Profit organisation supporting and showcasing women and girls in science - leading on organisational strategy, policy work and social media.

         Karen Schlaegel, Head of Meetings and Events

Project management and administration of scientific meetings, bursaries, BPS workshops and other events.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7239 0183 | E-mail:

Karen Schlaegel, (BA) Hons, studied for a degree in European Business in the UK and France. After her graduation she returned to Germany where she worked as a conference producer. She then moved on to a Not for Profit organization where she managed a European media art project. Prior to joining the BPS as Secretariat Services Manager in March 2008, she worked at the International Association for the Study of Obesity as Administrative Officer. On 1 June 2011 she was appointed as Head of Meetings and Events.

         Katharine Richardson, Head of Communications and Membership

Press office; external communications and public affairs; member engagement, retention and recruitment.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7239 0184 | E-mail:

Katharine joined BPS from Virgo HEALTH, a communications consultancy for the healthcare industry, where she worked as Programme Director/Policy and Access Adviser. Katharine brings seven years of communications experience to BPS, across a number of disease areas and from the management of successful UK and international communications programmes.

         Carolina Medal, Information Systems Manager

Information, web systems and network management; technical projects management and implementation; IT help desk support.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7239 0172 | E-mail:

Carolina Medal, BA (Joint Hons), Information Systems Manager graduated in Digital Media and Mass Communications and worked as a freelance video editor and multimedia producer in a variety of projects for the education and charity sectors until she joined the Society in 2005. Carolina manages the Society’s IT and communications network and systems, including project management of technical implementations. Carolina is also responsible for strategic overview to meet future business and system requirements, provides first and second line IT support for the office, and looks after our Pharma-CAL-ogy e-learning software.

         Peter Wright, Information Systems Manager (maternity cover from June 2014)

Information, web systems and network management; technical projects management and implementation; IT help desk support.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7417 0112 | E-mail:

         Ruth Meyer, Publications and Policy Manager

Responsibility for BPS policy and consultation responses, Clinical Section initiatives and support to BPS journals. 

Tel: +44 (0)20 7417 0110 | E-mail:

Ruth completed her Natural Sciences degree at Jesus College, University of Cambridge and joined BPS in July 2011. Previously Ruth worked for Aimhigher in City of Sunderland College encouraging young people from a non-traditional background to recognize their potential and progress onto Higher Education.

         Hazel O'Mullan, Marketing and Communications Manager

Marketing and communications, web editing, press office support, member services, Managing Editor of Pharmacology Matters and other in-house publications, Young Pharmacologists and Women in Pharmacology initiatives.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7239 0180 | E-mail:

Hazel O'Mullan, BA (Hons) has been with the BPS since completing her degree in August 2000. She worked part time throughout her English Literature degree as the proof reader and general office administrator for a London based magazine. Hazel now has responsibility for delivering marketing and communications support for the Society's core activities, including education, meetings, publications and member services. Hazel also provides press office support, and has primary editorial responsibility for our website and social media channels.

          Rebecca Tibbs, Education and Outreach Manager

Support to the BPS education and outreach function and management of the Diploma in Advanced Pharmacology, outreach activities and careers support.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7239 0170 | E-mail:

Rebecca Tibbs completed her degree in Biochemistry at the University of Oxford and joined BPS in September 2012. Rebecca developed an interest in education and outreach work while leading a student-run campaign encouraging students to consider higher education at university, and has a particular interest in science outreach and education. 

         Paul Tizard, Membership and Awards Officer

BPS membership, prizes and awards administration, bursary administration, office management and general enquiries.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7239 0171 | E-mail:

Before joining the BPS in May 2001, Paul managed the database for a company that serviced medical equipment in the Wellington, Portland and Princess Grace hospitals. He worked in the BJP Editorial Office before moving to Membership Services at the end of 2008. Paul now has responsibility for membership administration, including the management of the Society's prizes and awards, as well as office facilities at Angel Gate.

         Events Manager (recruiting)

Logistical support to the BPS Meetings and Education function - including workshop organization, general meetings enquiries and Prescribing Skills Assessment (PSA) QA events.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7239 0176 | E-mail:

         Amandeep Bhardwaj, Finance Manager

Management accounts and reports, budgets and forecasts, expense and supplier payments and credit control.

Amandeep has a (BA) Hons in Accounting and Finance and is a Part Qualified ACCA Accountant who joined BPS in February 2015. Previously Amandeep worked for Nottingham CityCare CIC, a social, enterprise providing healthcare services within Nottingham as a Management Accountant, providing support to budget managers in order for them to manage their budgets effectively. She is currently studying to become a fully qualified Chartered Accountant.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7239 0174 | E-mail:

 Journal enquiries

         Lisa Deakin, Senior Journal Publishing Manager

Lisa joined Blackwell Publishing Limited (now John Wiley & Sons) in April 2004, as a Journal Publishing Manager responsible for a portfolio of dermatology, anaesthesiology and gastroenterology journals. She has previously worked for both Elsevier and The Royal Society of Medicine Press in a variety of editorial roles. Before entering medical/scientific publishing, she worked on mapping the mouse genome in the Human Genome Mapping Project and undertook post-graduate research, both in Imperial College London and the National Cancer Institute, Frederick, Maryland, on the mechanisms underlying the role of the human papillomavirus in cervical cancer. She graduated from Reading University, having read Biochemistry and Physiology with Chemistry. Lisa works closely with the BPS to manage the British Journal of Pharmacology & the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.

Tel:+44 (0)1865 476 323 | Fax: +44 (0)1865 714 591

         Kim Harris, Editorial Assistant

Kim Harris BA(Hons) graduated from De Montfort University in 2006 with a degree in Graphic Design and worked for academic archaeological publisher Oxbow Books from 2007. She joined the Editorial Office at Wiley in March 2013 and is responsible for the administration of the BPS journals; working closely with editors, editorial board members, referees, authors and production staff to provide a high quality service. With a keen interest in both science and the humanities, she is currently exploring their interaction for an MA in Applied Art (taken part time) at London Metropolitan University.

Tel: +44 (0)1865 776 868 | Fax: +44 (0)1865 714 591

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