CPW Board members
Published on: 1st February 2022 | Updated on: 20th September 2023
Mark Griffiths – Chair
Born in Cwm, Ebbw Vale, Mark qualified in 1985 and worked in various managerial and locum positions. He purchased his first business in 1997 and started Cambrian Alliance Buying Group in 2000, along with 5 other pharmacists. He has previously sat on Merthyr Local Health Board. Outside of pharmacy, Mark is a keen rugby supporter and currently the President of his local rugby club and has been patron of the arts through a trusteeship of a local theatre.
Yvonne Williams – Vice Chair
Yvonne studied at The Robert Gordon University and qualified as a pharmacist in 1995 after completing her pre-reg year at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. Having begun her pharmacy career working in the family business she moved to Lindsay & Gilmour where she worked for 14 years in a number of head office managerial positions, latterly holding the position of Director and Deputy Superintendent Pharmacist.
She has worked for Well Pharmacy for 6 years. Originally joining as a Regional Development Manager, she now works within the Pharmacy Superintendent’s Team as NHS Business Partner for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as well as holding the position of Pharmacy Superintendent for Well’s nine pharmacies in Northern Ireland.
As well as being a member of the CPW Board since 2020, Yvonne has been a Director on the Board of Community Pharmacy Scotland since 2017 and is currently Chair of the Scottish Management Group of the CCA.
Andrew Armitage – Board Member
Andrew moved from Sheffield to study at the Welsh School of Pharmacy and qualified as a pharmacist in 1988. He has worked for small and large independent groups over the years in various roles from locum to General Manager and everything in between. He has completed the Community Pharmacy diploma in 2002-2004. When the Pearn’s group was acquired in August 2021 by Knights, they were good enough to keep him on in his current role. He is now enjoying the challenges of working for a different, larger organisation that has sites both in England and Wales.
Claire Chapman – Board Member
Claire has been a Board Member since April 2023. Claire is the Regional Leader for East Wales for L. Rowland & Co (Retail) Ltd.
Sandeep has been a Board member since 2018. Sandeep is superintendent of M W Phillips.
Andrew Harries – Board Member
After graduating from the Welsh School of Pharmacy in 1998 Andrew completed his pre-registration training with Boots in Milford Haven. Following a year as a relief pharmacist in West Wales he relocated to Bridgend and joined Sheppard’s Pharmacy. Andrew managed six Sheppard’s branches between 2000 and 2021 before the company was acquired by Avicenna Retail. He now manages Cefn Glas Pharmacy in Bridgend where he is passionate about delivering the best possible pharmacy service to his local community. Andrew has been married to wife Anna-Marie for 20 years and they have 4 sons.
Anna Mir – Board Member
Anna has been a Board Member since May 2023. Anna is the Regional Pharmacy Manager for Boots UK.