Committee Members

Nita Allen – Chair of LPC and CCA member

Store based pharmacist – Boots I have been qualified as a pharmacist for 16 years after studying at Nottingham university. During this time I have worked for Boots in various different roles, including store management, training and area support.  I began my career working as the Pharmacy manager of one our busiest health centre pharmacies in Bentilee. This has enabled me to have an understanding of local issues. My proudest moment in this role was winning the company Store of the Year competition in 2009. The following year I completed my postgraduate diploma and went on to become a pharmacy trainer. This specialised in developing the skills of pharmacists and support staff so that they can become more effective at delivering quality advanced and enhanced services concurrently with the traditional dispensing role. I have also worked as a Healthcare Development Manager which focused on forming relationships with external bodies to promote pharmacy services and support stores to deliver pharmacy business priorities. Currently I work as a store based pharmacist delivering NHS advanced and enhanced services as well as private vaccination services. I am also a PCN lead in Cheshire. As the LPC chair I am keen on using these skills to ensure that the work of the LPC is focused and productive to best serve all the contractors in North Staffordshire and Stoke. Outside of work I have two young children so spending time with my family is important to me.


Peter Walker – Vice Chair of LPC Committee Member (CCA)

I am an Area Manager for Lloyds Pharmacy working across Cheshire, Staffordshire and Derbyshire.

This is my second experience as a LPC committee member as previously I was part of Hereford & Worcestershire LPC, it gives me great pleasure to support all contractors for the benefit of Patients, Colleagues and the NHS. I look always look forward to sharing my experience and gaining experience from other committee members.

Personally, I have a 10 year old daughter, and a menagerie of animals and a partner that keep me active 24/7.


Ellie Lawton – Committee Member (CCA)

My name is Ellie Lawton. I currently work as a pharmacist store manager in a small Boots pharmacy in Staffordshire and have worked across many Boots branches since qualifying in 2013. I’ve been an LPC member since 2018 & have become passionate about representing the profession. I am the lead for competition law in our LPC ensuring all decisions are made fairly for all of our contractors.
Personally I’ve just bought a house in Stone & am spending most weekends doing DIY & decorating.


Hema Morjaria – Committee Member (Independent)

I studied in Leicester and did my pre-registration with Boots in Leamington Spa.  My first job was in a Boots branch that had the busiest dispensary in the whole of Europe at the time.  After a short spell of locum work, my first pharmacy was a retirement sale of a quaint village business.  As well as human medicines we made cough medicines for horses and preparations for other livestock.

I took a break to have the first child and my husband took over.  He was a CPPE tutor and I assisted, hence, attended all the courses.  I acquired a contract to become first pharmacist on Leicester Family Health Authority.   Here jobs included promoting the profession. Soon after this the opportunity of a larger pharmacy arose, again a retirement sale so we moved to Stoke-on-Trent.

I have joined the LPC as I want to be part of a better NHS in the future, promoting self-care in the community with full commitment to be Healthy Living Pharmacy! I have two daughters both doing medicine so am looking forward to following the changes with them.

Raj Morjaria – Committee Member (Independent – Place to right)

My name is Raj Morjaria and I have been a Pharmacist contractor in North Staffordshire for the past two decades. I am a member of the LPC and previously a local PSNC representative.

I have a number pharmacies in the locality, one is an essential small Pharmacy and hence, I can represent the views of most local contractors.

I would like to ensure a fair deal for our profession and would ensure that local contractors do not get left behind especially the small independents. The small independent sector will be entry point for Pharmacists who aspire to own their own Pharmacy.

I want every Pharmacy to offer a high quality service with a fair reimbursement. One vision being that all Pharmacies in our region matching services offered by the best. I would endeavor to and ensure that accreditation will be locally delivered via the CCG, LA and NHSE and available to ALL contractors.


Harpal Bhandal – Committee Member (Independent)

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I am Harpal Bhandal and I have joined the LPC summer 2018. I qualified as a Pharmacist in July 2007, having graduated from Aston University in 2006. I did my pre-registration with a local independent group in the Midlands. I purchased my first pharmacy in March 2014 and now have pharmacies across four LPC areas.

I am keen to help pharmacies improve professional skills and businesses in this changing climate.

Elliott PatrickCommittee Member (CCA)

Working for Well as a Business Flu and Private Services Lead. I support in planning and co-ordinating the flu service each year, including flu training, guidance and offsite clinic provisions. I also look into new opportunities available in terms of private services and lead on the launch of these new services in our pharmacies. I enjoy helping pharmacists launch our new services and getting positive feedback from our patients. In my spare time I enjoy taking my dog for long walks at the weekend.



Lucy Platt Committee Member (Independent)

My name is Lucy Platt, and I am a community pharmacist who qualified in 2015 after graduating from Nottingham University. I have predominantly worked in North Staffordshire since my pre-registration year, mostly for independent pharmacies. I hope to make a positive contribution to community pharmacy and help support with the changes and challenges that lie ahead in the profession.



Ben Morris – Committee Member (Independent)

I have been qualified as a pharmacist for almost 6 years although i have working in independent community pharmacy since I was 17. I had the chance to complete the independent prescribing course 2 years ago and am passionate about trying to incorporate the skills within community pharmacy. This is my first LPC appointment and I am proud to have the platform to push independent pharmacy forwards.


Soura Al khafajiCommittee Member (CCA)

I am a pharmacist manager at Lloyds pharmacy and I have always worked in and around Stoke / North Staffs since qualifying in 2016 after studying at Kingston university London. 

Working closely with the local GP surgeries and along side my colleagues at Lloyds pharmacy gave me a good understanding of patient needs in the area. 

I enjoy using my skills to contribute to the community pharmacy and do my favourite thing being a community pharmacist and have that direct contact with the people. 

I am very pleased to be a member of the LPC committee and be able to learn, share and support all contractors. 

I am inspired daily by my two little boys and love having fun and running after them.