Meet the team Meet the team

David Wright

Programme Governance Lead UEA School of Pharmacy

David became a registered pharmacist in 1987 after completing his BPharm at the University of Bradford and undertaking his pre-registration training in the Metro Centre for Boots the Chemist in Newcastle and Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Huntingdon. His PhD was in the role of the pharmacist in care homes providing a clinical and TDM service to 200 residents over a 2 year period.

David moved to UEA in 2003 as part of the original team who set up the new school of pharmacy and has supported the regional pre-registration scheme since his arrival. He has worked with the GPhC on panels designing the ethics principles, education standards for undergraduate degrees and proposed new education standards which are yet to be introduced. David is currently working with Health Education England to introduce the pre-registration pharmacist training e-portfolio and competency panel assessment nationally.


Maria Christou

Maria Christou

Programme Director UEA School of Pharmacy

Maria became a registered pharmacist in 1978 after completing a BPharm and pre-registration training in London. She completed a PhD degree in Drug Metabolism (University of London, 1982) and then undertook postdoctoral work in the field of carcinogenesis in the USA.

Maria returned to the UK in 1996 and has been employed by the NHS to head training programmes for pre-registration trainee pharmacists across East Anglia. She served on various national committees focussing on NHS pharmacy education and training and as a member of the RPS Education Forum. Maria completed an MSc in Advanced Pharmacy practice in 2011 and was designated Fellow of the RPS Faculty in 2014 via portfolio submission.

Maria is currently working for the UEA School of Pharmacy as Director of the East of England NHS Pre-reg Trainee Pharmacist Programme. She is passionate about the design and delivery of a high-quality programme and its alignment with ongoing pharmacy education reforms led by Health Education England. Maria has recently become a Fellow of the RPS.


Gill Shelton

Gill Shelton

Deputy Programme Director & Principal Pharmacist for Education & Training at Cambridge University Hospitals

Gill is the Pre-registration training manager at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge and has been a pre-registration tutor for a number of

years. Gill has developed a number of new pre-registration split posts with partners in both industry and mental health and is currently exploring split posts with primary care. 

Gill was appointed as Deputy Programme Director in 2015 and has a specific remit for quality assurance and tutor training. Gill manages the four placement supervisors across the East of England and chairs meetings of the East of England Pre-reg Managers/Tutors Group.

At a national level, Gill is the chair of the Pharmacist (pre and post-reg) Specialist Group of the NHS Pharmacy Education and Development Group. Gill has recently become a member of the RPS Faculty.


Rina Matala

Rina Matala

Lecturer UEA School of Pharmacy and Community Pharmacy Practitioner

Rina studied pharmacy at the University of East Anglia (UEA). Upon receiving her MPharm degree, she undertook her pre-registration training at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH). She went on to complete a Diploma in pharmacy practice and is part way through obtaining a Masters in Higher Education Practice (MAHEP).

Rina was appointed as a lecturer in Pharmacy Practice in 2015 and is a member of the Pre-reg programme delivery team. Her main roles include: developing content and blended modes of delivery of the programme and teaching community pharmacy related topics. In addition, Rina delivers undergraduate teaching for pharmacy students and for the East of England pre-registration pharmacy technician programme.

Rina has a keen interest in blended learning and is the module organiser for the UEA Train the Trainer course which consists of taught and online modules. She has also developed a hugely successful and global Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Dysphagia, in partnership with Futurelearn. In parallel with the academic roles, Rina also remains in practice as a community pharmacist.


Sharon Leverett

Sharon Leverett

Teacher Practitioner UEA School of Pharmacy and Clinical Pharmacist Norfolk and Norwich University

Sharon obtained her BPharm degree at the University of Wales College Cardiff. She began work at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) as a basic grade pharmacist, where she also completed a postgraduate diploma in clinical pharmacy. Sharon then worked as a pharmacist at a large district hospital in northern Namibia with Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) for two years, before returning to work at the Norfolk and Norwich hospital. Sharon’s main role at the hospital is to support clinical pharmacy services for the vascular surgery department.

Sharon began her Teacher Practitioner role with the UEA School of Pharmacy by assisting with delivery of teaching for undergraduates, facilitating student hospital placements and later, becoming Clinical Pharmacy module organiser for pharmacy students from the University of Bergen undertaking an exchange programme with the UEA.

Currently, Sharon’s roles include: providing clinical pharmacy teaching for the pre-reg trainee pharmacist programme, assisting with the delivery of teaching to pharmacy undergraduates and pre-registration pharmacy technicians. Sharon is also studying for a Masters in Higher Education Practice (MAHEP) with the UEA.


Hattie Whiteside

Hattie Whiteside

Hattie studied pharmacy at the University of East Anglia (UEA) then completed her pre-registration year in community pharmacy with Boots. She worked in community pharmacy for two years before taking a role as a GP Clinical Pharmacist as part of the national pilot. Hattie is an independent prescriber and has also completed a diploma in Minor Illness. She continues to work in primary care where her role involves working closely with GPs to manage long-term conditions, running clinics, and medicines management.

Hattie joined the pre-reg team in 2016 since when she has supported the delivery and development of the community pharmacy and minor illness teaching sessions and resources.


Jane Charsley

Jane Charsley

Placement Supervisor for Beds & Herts and Senior Clinical Pharmacist, Bedford Hospital

Jane did her Pharmacy degree at Nottingham from 1985-1988 and then her pre-reg year at North Tyneside District General in North Shields. She then became a resident pharmacist at Leicester Royal Infirmary for 3 years, gaining her Diploma (with distinction!) during this time. Jane then moved to Stevenage in 1992 where she managed the Pharmacy stores and Purchasing and was the medical directorate pharmacist.

Whilst at Stevenage, Jane became involved with formulary work just before moving to Bedford Hospital in 1998 to take on the role of Deputy Chief Pharmacist, Education and Training lead. Jane also acted as Pre-reg Manager and Patient Safety lead, chairing the Trust’s Medication Safety group. After a 3-year period out of pharmacy (from 2011-2013), Jane was lured back to work as a Bank Pharmacist at Bedford hospital.

The Placement supervisor role was advertised in the spring of 2015 and looked like a job written for Jane – to combine her passion for education and training as well as supporting new pharmacists and their tutors. Her current roles as placement supervisor for all hospitals in

Beds & Herts involves travelling across the geography to support people in their place of work and also contribute to the design and delivery of the residential study programme. Jane has built excellent relationships with the pre-reg managers/tutors and trainees at all hospitals in Beds and Herts. Jane said: “It has been an exciting and interesting year and I’m sure will continue to be so for 2016/17 and beyond”.


Paul McDermott

Paul McDermott

Lecturer in Medicinal Chemistry UEA School of Pharmacy & Chair of Staff-Trainee Liaison Group

Paul graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry from the University of East Anglia in 1999 before going on to complete an MSc in Taught organic chemistry again at the UEA. He then worked at Derwent PLC as a chemical indexer before returning to UEA in 2002 to complete a PhD under the supervision of Dr Robert A Stockman. After a spell working as a Medicinal Chemist at BioFocus PLC in Cambridge, he then made his second return to UEA in 2007 to take up a teaching position at the School of Pharmacy. He currently holds the position of Senior Lecturer in Medicinal Chemistry and his key focus is teaching scholarship.

Paul has been brought onto the pre-reg training team primarily for his expertise in the use of learning technologies. He has been instrumental in the implementation of screencasting, lecture capture and audience response methods for the MPharm programme and he has also developed a method for creating free to use online learning resources based in Prezi. He continues to develop ways of adapting learning technologies to complement active learning methods with a view to improving the learning experience of all our MPharm students and pre-reg trainees.


Sharon Goddard

Programme Administrator UEA School of Pharmacy

Sharon has been working for the Pre Reg Programme since April 2018. Previously she worked with Health Education England as the administrator for the General Practice Speciality Training Programme; training doctors to become qualified GPs. This was based at the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital and is a popular programme organising teaching for 90 trainees from across the region.In her spare time Sharon's passion is travelling having never lost the bug from being an overseas Travel Rep in her youth. She also enjoys walking and the outdoors as well as spending time with her two cats.


Judy Croot

Judy Croot

Lecturer at UEA School of Pharmacy BSc Hons MAPharmT

Judy has had extensive experience working for the NHS for the past 40 years both in practice as a Pharmacy Technician and in the various iterations of NHS organisations.

After successfully completing a BSc Hons with the Open University, Judy expanded her portfolio in education & training to cover both the Pharmacy & Healthcare Science professions.

Latterly Judy’s role as Professional Advisor for Health Sciences & Pharmacy for Health Education East of England (HEE) has been focussed on the implementation of new educational programmes, new roles, workforce planning and improving the quality of education and training. This has included leading the first tranche of the national pre-registration pharmacist recruitment & selection centres in 2017 for Midlands & East. Other work has been undertaken together with the close involvement of GP trainers, namely working on the expansion of clinical placements for pre-registration pharmacists in GP Practices and piloting educational programmes for community pre-registration pharmacist tutors.

Judy has also been part of the HEE Quality Team tasked with visiting NHS Trusts in the east of England to ensure the quality of education & training for clinicians and healthcare professionals in the workplace. As a member of the multi-professional HEE Quality Team it has been possible to build an understanding of the wide range of education & training programme placements hosted by the Trusts in the east of England. This has also enabled the gaining of knowledge relating to national and regional policies for education & training commissioning priorities.  

Having a strong interest in personal development and leadership Judy values the opportunity to work more closely with pre-registration trainee pharmacists and tutors to help develop the pharmacy workforce for the future.

Roisin McMenamin

Roisin McMenamin

Teacher Practitioner UEA School of Pharmacy and Clinical Pharmacist NNUH

Roisin studied pharmacy at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and completed her pre-registration training within the hospital sector at Imperial College NHS Healthcare Trust (ICHNT). After pre-reg she remained at ICHNT as a resident band 6 pharmacist and completed her clinical pharmacy diploma with University College London.

She progressed to specialise within acute and elderly medicine in London before moving back to Norwich to work at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital as a specialist pharmacist within Older People’s Medicine (OPM). As well as Roisin’s keen interest in medicines optimisation and deprescribing within OPM, she also is a keen antimicrobial steward and currently holds a Global Antimicrobial Resistance internship with the Commonwealth Pharmacists’ Association.

Roisin joined the team in 2018 as a teacher practitioner for the EoE pre-reg programme delivery team. Having been involved in education and training throughout her career to date Roisin’s role now includes providing clinical pharmacy teaching for the pre-reg trainee pharmacy programme. Roisin hopes to start a Masters in Higher Education Practice (MAHEP) with the UEA this year. 

Outside of the pharmacy world Roisin would describe herself as a foodie and is always on the lookout for new restaurants and culinary experiences. She is also an avid Gaelic football supporter.