Paul is the Director for Wales at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS). He acts as professional secretary to the elected Welsh Pharmacy Board and provides the board members with advice and guidance that enables them to set out strategic leadership and vision for the profession of pharmacy in Wales.

After graduating from the Welsh School of Pharmacy at Cardiff University in 1993, Paul went on to practice in community pharmacy. From 2002-06 he was Head of Pharmacy and Medicines Management at Caerphilly Local Health Board, during which time he spent a year on secondment to the Welsh government to oversee the introduction of the community pharmacy contract. Paul was Chief Executive Officer of Community Pharmacy Wales from 2007-09 and he took up his current role at the RPS in 2009.

Paul has been a member of the Welsh Executive of the RPS and has held various positions at its Cardiff branch. He has taught at Cardiff University and has been involved in the Cardiff and Vale Pharmacy Practice Forum, the All Wales Prescribing Advisory Group and the Welsh Pharmaceutical Committee.

Learning from others

One aspect of GenerationQ that Paul has found particularly valuable is the diversity of the people on the programme. 'Because we’re drawn from across the health care system and each have our own areas of specialism, there’s a huge amount we can learn from one another. My own background and organisational context is different to many of the other fellows, as I work for a professional body rather than a patient-facing organisation – although what we do ultimately benefits patients too. It’s meant that I’ve had to find my own angle for some assignments, but it’s wonderful to have the opportunity to all mix together and support each others’ learning.'

Reflecting on impact

Paul believes that GenerationQ has helped him to mature and develop as a leader. 'The leadership forums have been a revelation – they provide space to get deep into leadership and improvement theories. I’ve gained a great deal of insight into myself, how I behave and why, and how my actions effect those around me.

'One thing that has made a strong impression on me is that as a leader and manager, you have a significant impact on the lives of those you work with. I now spend more time reflecting on the potential effects of my actions and how different approaches could produce different results.'