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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. To help identify the most appropriate contact, please download and view our organisational chart.

JJonathan Bruun.jpgonathan Brüün, Chief Executive
+44 (0)20 7239 0177   |  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 7239 0177   |  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.
 
David James.jpgDavid James, Executive Director, Strategic Innovation
+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.

Anna Zecharia.jpgAnna Zecharia, Director of Policy & Public Affairs
+44 (0)20 7239 0187  |  anna.zecharia@bps.ac.uk
Strategic leadership of the Society’s education, engagement and policy work

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. Anna was previously the Head of Education, Training & Policy at the Society, leading the Focus on Pharmacology project.

Susanne Schweda.jpgSusanne Schweda, Head of Meetings & Events
+44 (0)20 7239 0176  |  susanne.schweda@bps.ac.uk
Develop and lead the Meetings function, manage and implement the Society's meetings programme

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 responsible for the logistical organisation and management of upcoming meetings and events.

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.

David Adams.jpgDavid Adams, Acting Senior Manager, Marketing & Communications
+44 (0)20 7239 0180  |  david.adams@bps.ac.uk
Management and implementation of all marketing and communications activities for the Society; primary contact for press office enquiries.

David joined the Society from Universities UK, where he spent six years in various roles, most recently as senior communications officer with responsibilities across web, digital, social media, publications and brand. He has also worked in TV and radio listings, university administration and for the International Baccalaureate. David studied English literature at Cardiff University, gaining both a BA and an MA.

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.
 
TeeshaBhuruth.jpgTeesha Bhuruth, Engagement Manager
+44 (0)20 7239 0178  |  teesha.bhuruth@bps.ac.uk
Support for the Society's Affinity Groups, Advisory Groups and Ambassadors; membership engagement & recruitment; 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.

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. 

Charlotte-Cordrey.jpg Charlotte Cordrey, Events Manager
+44 (0) 207 239 0183 | charlotte.cordrey@bps.ac.uk
Logistical support to the Meetings and Education function – including Focused Meeting organisation, Meetings Committee & Affinity Groups administration, as well as supporting the organisation for the annual meeting

Charlotte joined the Society 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, Charlotte has experience of working in the corporate sales team for Hilton Hotels, and studied Events Management at Leeds Metropolitan University.

IMG_0012.JPGLaura Neville, Education & Training Manager
+44 (0)020 7239 0170 | laura.neville@bps.ac.uk
Manages and reviews the Society’s educational and career resources

Laura joined the Society following her role at Healthcare Learning (a blended learning organisation), where she managed a portfolio of postgraduate qualifications and developed new courses with various stakeholders. She has seven years' experience of working in education and training departments, and graduated from the University of Leeds, with a BA (Hons) in Business and Environment. 

IMG_0012.JPG Lee Page, Head of Education and Engagement
+44 (0)020 7239 0110 | lee.page@bps.ac.uk
Oversight and management of the Society’s education and engagement portfolio

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.

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, Platform 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.

Sophie Bowtell, Events Co-ordinator
+44 (0)207 843 0492 | sophie.bowtell@bps.ac.uk 
Supporting the delivery of the Society’s meetings and events, including workshop organisation, general meetings enquiries and Prescribing Safety Assessment events

Sophie joined the Society in April 2017 from Capita Conferences where she managed a busy schedule of meetings, including 4–6 public sector conferences each month. Previously, she gained event management experience working closely with the managing director of KC Events Ltd.

Lisa Hevey, Acting Clinical Education, Training and Policy Manager​
+44 (0)207 417 0179 | lisa.hevey@bps.ac.uk 
Ensures the relevance, quality and delivery of clinical education, training and policy programmes on behalf of the Society 

Lisa graduated from the University of Sheffield with a BA in Sociology before studying for an MA in Sociology (Research) at the Sorbonne (Paris IV). She has worked in the Higher Education sector for several years in addition to teaching English as a foreign language for many years. She previously worked at the Equality Challenge Unit and the Medical Schools Council as a Policy Officer where her work focused on selection methods used for those applying to medicine and widening participation. 

Shaun Lee, Committee and Governance Officer
+44 (0)207 417 0111 | shaun.lee@bps.ac.uk 
Support for the Society’s corporate governance activities, committees and Council

Shaun has 9 years’ experience working in the Further Education sector where he worked in a governance role since 2010. Shaun has a L4 Certificate in FE Governance for Clerks from Warwick University and  is currently completing his Advanced Certificate in Corporate Governance through ICSA (Institute Of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators). 

Emma Needham, Editorial Assistant
+44 (0)207 417 0113 | emma.needham@bps.ac.uk 
Administrative & editorial support associated with the Society's publishing activities

Emma gained an Environmental Geoscience MSci from Imperial College in 2015 and then worked for the publisher Pearson as a Maths Editor. She joins the Society in the newly created role of Editorial Assistant and is combining her science background with her editorial experience. She supports the Society's Publications Committee, as well as assisting with the day-to-day running of our journals.

Yasmin Clark, Digital Content Editor
+44 (0)207 239 0184 | yasmin.clark@bps.ac.uk
Support for the Society's digital channels

Yasmin joined the Society from the Royal College of Nursing, where she worked in a similar role for two years. She is responsible for the development of the Society's digital platforms, including the website, enewsletters and social media channels.

Alison Bate, Education, Training & Policy Officer
+44 (0)207 843 0493 | alison.bate@bps.ac.uk
Administration and project support for the Society’s education, training and policy activities

Alison graduated from the University of Leeds with a BSc in Human Physiology (INT). She has taken part in various voluntary activities for improving public and global health, including the planning and delivery of Education Health resources in Nepal, as part of a funded project. She has experience in procurement and a grounding in health systems management from her time spent at NHS Digital. Alison was previously the Education, Training and Careers intern at the Society.