HDA Business Day – 07 November 2019

The HDA’s 2019 Business Day was held at the Saint David’s Hotel in Cardiff on 07  November and featured the following programme of highly topical speakers:

  • The Minister for Health, Welsh Government (by video)
  • Markus Gores – Vice President, IQVIA
  • Gwyn Tudor – Life Sciences Hub Wales
  • Sebastien Sliski – General Manager Supply Chain Solutions, Zetes
  • Simon Abrams – Business Development Manager, Datapharm
  • Dipak Duggal – Director Medical Affairs, BD
  • Dr. Peter Horvath-Howard – Deputy Chair, GPC Wales
  • Russell Goodway – Chief Executive, Community Pharmacy Wales



We held our 2019 Annual Conference at the Leonardo Royal Hotel in St Paul’s, London on 22 May. The event featured the following line-up of speakers who presented on an exciting range of highly topical issues :

  • Stephen Hammond MP – Health Minister
  • Mike Thompson – CEO, ABPI
  • Dr Bruce Warner – Deputy CPO, NHS England
  • Raja Sharif – CEO FarmaTrust
  • Adele Patterson – CEO, International Health Partners
  • Rob Darracott – Editor, P3pharmacy
  • Hemant Patel – English Pharmacy Board
  • Des Hennelly – Pharmacist, IQVIA
  • Simon Dukes – CEO, PSNC


The 2018 Business Day took place at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh on 15 November. The programme contained the following line-up of prominent speakers:

  • Matt Barclay – Director of Operations, Community Pharmacy Scotland
  • Professor Alison Strath – Principal Pharmaceutical Officer, The Scottish Government
  • Frankie Wallace – Lead for Supplier Engagement
  • Steve Graham – NHS Procurement Policy Lead, Scan4Safetey (DHSC)
  • David Watson – Director of Pricing & PPRS, ABPI
  • Dr Brian Long – Partner Lead, SecurMed


Our 2018 Annual Conference was held at The Mermaid in Blackfriars, London on 24 May, with a prominent line-up of speakers covering topics from Brexit and FMD to health and social regulations including the PPRS:

  • Lord O’Shaughnessy – Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
  • Alastair Jeffrey – Head of Enforcement, Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Authority
  • Alastair Buxton – Director of NHS Services, Pharmacy Services Negotiating Committee
  • Stephen Oldfield – Chief Commercial Officer, Department of Health & Social Care
  • Alan Hayes​ – Sustainability & Strategy Manager, the Institute of Grocery Distribution​
  • Jerome Bertin – General Manager, SecurMed UK



Our 2017 Business Day was held at the Grand Hotel and Spa in York on 16 November. The event featured a line-up of highly topical speakers including:

  • Susan Grieve – Principal Pharmacist, Department of Health
  • Andrew Davies – Professional Lead for Hospital Pharmacy, NHS Improvement
  • Jerome Bertin –  General Manager, SecurMed UK



The HDA 2017 Annual Conference was held at Hanbury Manor Marriott Hotel & Golf Club in Hertfordshire. We secured a wide range of topical speakers for the event including:

  • Mike Thompson – Chief Executive, ABPI
  • Alex Harris – CEO, IHP
  • Sarah Rickwood – Vice President, IMS

The HDA’s first Business Day was held at Chester Race Course on 17 November. The inaugural event featured an exciting range of speakers including:

  • Aneet Kapoor – Chair, Greater Manchester Local Pharmaceutical Committee
  • Malcolm Harrison – Senior Manager, Boots UK
  • Susan Grieve – Principal Pharmacist, Department of Health
  • David Watson – Director of Pricing & Reimbursement, ABPI
  • Steven Graham and Frankie Wallace – Commercial Division, Department of Health


The HDA’s 2016 Annual Conference was held at the Kia Oval cricket ground in London on 16 June. Our exciting inaugural event featured  an after-dinner speech by former England cricket captain Alec Stewart and a range of prominent speakers including:

  • Alastair Buxton – Director of NHS Services
  • Alison Davis – Chair, National Clinical Homecare Association
  • Ann Jacklin – Professional Lead, Department of Health
  • Sarah Rickwood – Vice President, IMS
  • Martin Fitzgerald – Deputy Director General, EHDA
  • Peter Blundell – Senior GDP Inspector, MHRA
  • Mark Davidson – Blue Sphere Health
  • Jane Millward – Roche Products Limited
  • John Preston – Phoenix Healthcare
  • Fin McCaul – Prestwich Pharmacy


The Healthcare Distribution Association (HDA) was launched at a Parliamentary reception hosted by the Rt Hon Sir Kevin Barron MP, chair of the All Party Pharmacy Group, following the rebranding of the British Association of Pharmaceutical Wholesalers (BAPW) to better reflect the evolving healthcare supply chain.

The event was attended by pharmaceutical industry, NHS, doctors and pharmacy representatives, as well as regulators and government officials.

From Factory to Pharmacy

As part of our mission to build awareness, understanding and appreciation of the vital importance of the healthcare distribution sector, we developed an infographic explaining the availability of medicines. It identifies the factors that can impact drug supply, as well as the measures that HDA members undertake day in, day out to help mitigate the risks of patients not receiving their medicines.

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  • Invitations to a range of networking industry events organised through the year, including an Annual Conference and a Business Day
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