Vanessa attended University and qualified as a pharmacist. Initially she worked for Boots and left when she had my children (three who are all grown up). Until they were older she worked part time in both hospital and retail. Vanessa then went back to work for Boots where she progressed through the organisation – ending as Regional Professional Development Manager working across the whole of the South East and liaising closely with head office in Nottingham.
In 2004 the Company was sold to a private equity company (KKR) at this time she was offered the opportunity to take early retirement and redundancy.
Vanessa was very fortunate as there were many opportunities for pharmacists and set up as a consultant. She worked as the chief officer for the Local Pharmaceutical Committee, provided consultant services to a number of Pharmaceutical Companies both in the UK and abroad.
Vanessa also worked to provide training on medicines to Care Homes across the South East. In 2018 she retired from work as a pharmacist and applied for my name to be removed from the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) register.
Vanessa now volunteers for the Foodbank in Eastbourne and also acts as chair of the Digital First IT programme for the East Sussex wide NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
Vanessa joined our Board on In January 2020.
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