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Meet the team

You are welcome to contact any member of the British Pharmacological Society team and we will do our best to help with your enquiry.


JJonathan Bruun.jpgonathan Brüün, Chief Executive
+44 (0)20 7417 0113  |  jonathan.bruun@bps.ac.uk
Responsible for management and delivery of the Society’s objectives


Jono joined the Society in 2009 as Head and then Director of Communications. He became CEO in June 2012 and is responsible for delivering the Society’s five-year strategic plan across seven main areas of development, including its plan to diversify revenue. As CEO, Jono has overall responsibility for strategic and financial management, business development, human resources, policy development, governance and the oversight of projects that are designed to support the UK and international pharmacology community.
 

Mike Poole.jpgMike Poole, Finance & Commercial Director
+44 (0)20 7417 0113  |  mike.poole@bps.ac.uk
Financial management and planning, operations management, corporate governance, constitutional matters.


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 financial 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 joined the Society from Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research where he led a change to their financial strategy that enabled them to safely commit their highest-ever annual sum towards research.
 

TaljaDempster.jpgTalja Dempster, Head of Meetings & Events
+44 (0)20 7239 0183  |  talja.dempster@bps.ac.uk
Delivery of the Society's overall meetings strategy, project management of scientific meetings and events calendar.


Talja brings eight years of event and project management experience in the charity/not-for-profit sector. Prior to joining the Society, Talja worked for the Society for Experimental Biology, delivering an interenational portfolio of events for researchers working within the field of experimental biology. Before that she worked for 4Children, a national children's charity, where she delivered a series of conferences, seminars and workshops to childcare professionals.


David James.jpgDavid James, Head of Innovation & Commercial Development
+44 (0) 20 7239 0182  |  david.james@bps.ac.uk

David was formerly Executive Director, Strategic Innovation, at the Royal Society of Chemistry, leading the organisation’s business development planning for new products and services generating growth opportunities for the organisation. He was also responsible for directing business intelligence activities to provide customer, market and competitor analysis. He identified major strategic acquisition targets and potential business and/or technical partners in keeping with the RSC’s strategy. He was also responsible for all platform development for the delivery of RSC content as well as having responsibility for international strategy. Subsequent to working for the RSC he was Director, Academic Partnerships, at Qiqqa, a leading research management software technology. David has a PhD in biochemistry from Birmingham University and an MBA from the Open University.


Katharine Steer.jpgKatharine Steer, Head of Communications & Membership
+44 (0)20 7239 0184  |  katharine.steer@bps.ac.uk
Press office; external communications and public affairs; member engagement, retention and recruitment.


Katharine joined the Society in 2012 from Virgo HEALTH, a communications consultancy for the healthcare industry. She has 10 years’ experience working across marketing, PR, communications and public affairs, encompassing successful UK and international programmes. She leads the publicity around all activities undertaken by the Society and oversees the implementation of membership initiatives.
 

Kathryn Wilson.jpgKathryn Wilson, Head of Publishing
+44 (0)20 7239 0188  |  kathryn.wilson@bps.ac.uk
Delivery and management associated with the Society's journals and other publishing functions.


Kathryn has over eight years experience working within academic publishing. She previously worked at Cambridge University Press in a number of editorial roles across life sciences books and journals, and latterly worked for the open access publisher BioMed Central where she was responsible for the growth and development of a portfolio of journals across the health sciences, and for identifying new business opportunities related to the changing needs of the communities those journals served.
 

Anna Zecharia.jpgAnna Zecharia, Head of Education, Training & Policy
+44 (0)20 7239 0187  |  anna.zecharia@bps.ac.uk
Administration and management associated with the Society's education, policy and outreach functions.


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.
 

Amandeep Bhardwaj.jpgAmandeep Bhardwaj, Finance Manager
+44 (0)20 7239 0174  |  amandeep.bhardwaj@bps.ac.uk
Bookkeeping, 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.
 

Anna Clark, Office Manager & Executive Assistant
+44 (0)20 7417 0111  |  anna.clark@bps.ac.uk 
Ensuring the smooth running of the office, providing HR support and assisting the President, President-Elect, Honorary Treasurer, CEO, Finance & Commercial Director and Heads of Department

Anna is an experienced Office Manager & Executive Assistant, having joined the Society from a similar role at a London based e-commerce company. Prior to that, Anna worked for the Australian Government in the Mental Health branch of the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs where she oversaw the delivery of mental health programmes across Western Australia. She has also worked for the Australian  Department of Health and Ageing initially as an Administrative Assistant up to a Project Officer for Indigenous and Women’s Health in Western Australia. 


Sophia Griffiths, Communications Manager
+44 (0)020 7239 0180  |  sophia.griffiths@bps.ac.uk
Promoting member benefits, products and services across print and digital channels; managing and developing the Society's press office.

Sophia is an experienced and passionate science communicator. She received her masters in science communication from the University of Leeds, after completing a BSc (Hons) in biology in the USA. Before joining the British Pharmacological Society, she was the Media and Communications Coorindator at the Institute of Food Science and Technology, where she oversaw all internal and external communications, as well as publications and website development.
 

Carolina Medal.jpgCarolina Medal, IT Manager
+44 (0)20 7239 0172  |  carol.medal@bps.ac.uk
Information, web systems and network management; technical projects management and implementation; IT help desk support.

Carolina graduated in Digital Media and Mass Communications (BA Joint Hons) 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.

IMG_0012.JPGLee Page, Clinical Education Training and Policy Manager
+44 (0)020 7239 0110 | lee.page@bps.ac.uk
Ensures the relevance, quality and delivery of clinical education, training and policy programmes on behalf of the Society.

Lee was formerly a Medicinal Chemist with 12 years experience working in the pharmaceutical industry with GlaxoSmithKline and Astex Pharmaceuticals.  Lee joined the Society in 2016 from the Royal Society of Chemistry where, as Education Executive, he project managed a series of successful online resources and assessments for A-level students. Lee is a Chartered Chemist and has an MChem in Chemistry from Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh.

Cynthia Sam.jpgCynthia Sam, Education, Training & Policy Manager
+44 (0)20 7239 0170  |  cynthia.sam@bps.ac.uk
Delivery of the Society’s careers and professional development programmes; outreach & public engagement support.

Cynthia  joined the Society after completing two years of postdoctoral research at the University of Oxford (Department of Physiology, Anatomy & Genetics and Department of Pharmacology). Prior to this, she was awarded a PhD in Cardiovascular Physiology & Pharmacology from Kingston University and St George’s, University of London.  Alongside her bioscience research, Cynthia also got involved in pedagogical research, meaning she is passionate about how people learn, especially in the sciences. 


Susanne Schweda.jpgSusanne Schweda, Events Manager
+44 (0)20 7239 0176  |  susanne.schweda@bps.ac.uk
Logistical support to the Meetings and Education function - including workshop organization, general meetings enquiries and Prescribing Skills Assessment (PSA) QA events.

Susanne joined us from the Royal Society of Medicine where she looked after a number of medical specialities and organised clinical and non clinical meetings and events. Previous to that Susanne lived and worked in Bournemouth and Brussels were she organised educational and pharmaceutical conferences in Europe and North America. Susanne is now responsible for the logistical organisation and management of upcoming meetings and events.

Paul Tizard.jpgPaul Tizard, Membership Manager
+44 (0)20 7239 0171  |  paul.tizard@bps.ac.uk
Membership, prizes and awards , bursary administration, general enquiries.


Paul joined the Society in 2001, working in the British Journal of Pharmacology  Editorial Office. In 2008 he moved into membership services, and is now responsible for managing the membership and the Society's prizes and awards, .including meetings bursaries.

Peter Wright, PSA Systems & Technology Manager
+44 (0)207 417 0112 | peter.wright@bps.ac.uk
Administrative & technical support associated with delivery of the PSA & associated e-learning content.

Pete joined the society in April 2014 as Information Systems Manager as maternity leave cover and was heavily involved in the implementation of the Society’s new CRM. In January, he took up the role of PSA Technical & Systems manager.Before joining the Society, Pete was IT Manger for 3 years at Peter Bedford Housing Association, a Hackney-based charity providing homes and training to enable homeless people with mental health problems and substance misuse issues to rebuild their lives.


TeeshaBhuruth.jpgTeesha Bhuruth, Membership & Community Officer
+44 (0)20 7239 0178  |  teesha.bhuruth@bps.ac.uk
Support for the Society's Affinity Groups, Advisory Groups and Ambassadors; membership engagement & recruitement; nurturing stakeholder relationships.

Teesha graduated with a BSc in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Southampton. Her Technical Support and Field Sales Representative roles for laboratory specialists Anachem Ltd (Mettler Toledo) were followed by a year as Employment Contracts Officer for University College London. She enjoys and has experience of engaging a variety of audiences, as well as providing internal administrative support within organisations.

Janet.JPGJanet Ludlow, Committee & Governance Officer
+44 (0)20 7417 0111 | janet.ludlow@bps.ac.uk
Support for the Society’s committees and groups, corporate governance and in-house publishing activities .

Janet joined the Society from the Royal Society of Medicine, where she worked for seven years as the Academic Administrator for a wide number of medical specialties. Previously, she was a project manager at Canterbury College and has a fine arts background having attended St Martins and Chelsea College of Art. Janet was a local government councilor for a number of years and was Mayor of a London Borough and a board member of the London Docklands Development Corporation.

Chinara Rustamova.jpgChinara Rustamova, Education, Training & Policy Officer
+44 (0)20 7239 0179  |  chinara.rustamova@bps.ac.uk
Administration and support for the Society's education, training and policy projects across the whole spectrum of pharmacology.

With a background in medicine and health, Chinara was recently awarded an MSc in Health, Community and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Prior to that, she had worked for various international organisations including UNICEF and Save the Children. She joined the British Pharmacological Society in January 2014 as our Executive Assistant, taking on her current role in October 2015.