Pioneering pharmacy professionals celebrated in 2022 ‘Women to Watch’ list

For this year's list, 12 women were selected for breaking boundaries and improving patient care.
women to watch 2022 nominees

A group of 12 high-achieving female pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, who deserve wider recognition for the quality of their work, have been selected for inclusion in the 2022 ‘Women to Watch’ list.

The list is the final result of a nationwide search by The Pharmaceutical Journal to find women in the pharmacy profession who are breaking boundaries and improving patient care.

Finalists range from a hospital pharmacist leading the fight against climate change, a trailblazing pharmacist designing the digital systems of the future and a pharmacy technician tackling smoking in deprived areas head on.

The ‘Women to Watch’ initiative was launched in 2020, with the aim of showcasing the incredible work that women are doing in pharmacy and to identify future female role models within the pharmacy profession who can inspire others. It is designed to help identify and provide a platform to help tackle the historical deficit of women in senior positions in pharmacy.

Women to Watch 2022: read the full list

An external advisory panel of nine pharmacy experts, chaired by The Pharmaceutical Journal, judged all nomination entries based on criteria such as drive, potential, influence, impact and diversity.

Nicola Stockmann, a member of the panel and vice-president of the Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK, said: “It was an inspiring process to read through the many nominations. I have no doubt that the winners will continue to drive progress, both within their professions and the future of pharmacy as a whole, congratulations all.”

Alison Tennant, a panel member and chief pharmacist, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Yet again it has been so uplifting and humbling to see the nominations for the ‘Women to Watch’. Our profession is delivering exciting things across all sectors of healthcare. Read and be inspired.”

Amandeep Doll, head of professional belonging at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS), said: “Having had the pleasure of being a panel member for the past three years on the Women to Watch campaign, I’m always blown away by the incredible talent within the profession and the positive impact women are having on both patients and members of the public. This year was no different, it was an absolute pleasure to read all the profiles and what they’re achieving and I look forward to seeing them continue their journey trail blazing and inspiring others to shout about their achievements.”

Nigel Praities, executive editor of The Pharmaceutical Journal, said: “We were really pleased to have so many outstanding nominations this year, and the final ‘Women to Watch’ list is a mark of the intelligence, creativity and sheer hard work that female pharmacy professionals put in every day.”

This initiative is part of the #PJMindTheGap campaign, which aims to highlight social inequalities that exist in pharmacy, and is part of a wider programme of work by the RPS on inclusion and diversity.

Women to Watch 2022 advisory panel

  • Diane Ashiru-Oredope — lead pharmacist for antimicrobial resistance and stewardship, Public Health England
  • Amandeep Doll — head of professional belonging, Royal Pharmaceutical Society
  • Elsy Gomez-Campos — founder and president, UK Black Pharmacist Association
  • Mohammed Hussain — senior clinical lead, NHS Digital
  • Angela Kam — strategy manager and health equity strategy lead at NHS Barts Health NHS Trust
  • Yetunde Kolade — regional medical affairs director, Reckitt
  • Victoria Steele — superintendent pharmacist, Lloyds Pharmacy
  • Nicola Stockmann — vice-president, Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK
  • Alison Tennant — chief pharmacist, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

Women to Watch 2022: read the full list

To find out more about how the list was formed: click here.

Last updated
The Pharmaceutical Journal, PJ, December 2022, Vol 309, No 7968;309(7968)::DOI:10.1211/PJ.2022.1.168462

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