Who's who at TOPRA

Directors

Kevin Pay

Kevin Pay | Chief Executive

Kevin has worked at director level in both the commercial and charity sectors for the last 15 years, including many years in pharmaceutical packaging (GMP) and at Imperial College Healthcare Charity, before joining TOPRA.

Kevin leads the executive team and is accountable for strategic direction and business plans. He has overall accountability for performance against agreed objectives and risk management across the organisation.

Contact Kevin for: corporate enquiries, HR, finance, IT and facilities issues. 

Joe Jennings

Joe Jennings | Associate Director of Engagement

Joe has over 20 years' experience in marketing and communications, with much of that spent in professional membership bodies representing areas that include public health, engineering and accounting. Before joining TOPRA in 2021, he was Head of Marketing & Communications at the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health. He is responsible for overseeing TOPRA communications and PR, marketing, digital and publishing activities, as well as the Awards for Regulatory Excellence which recognise achievements in regulatory affairs.

Contact Joe for: corporate communications and PR, publishing and awards. 

 Raluca Radu

Raluca Radu | Associate Director of Professional Development

Raluca is responsible for overseeing the training courses and educational resources provided by TOPRA as well as ensuring we support the development of professionals in regulatory affairs throughout their career journey. She has a keen interest in education regulatory and health policy. Raluca is a pharmacist by training and before she joined TOPRA she worked in the Public Engagement and SME Office of the European Medicines Agency.

Contact Raluca for: information about courses, webinars, conferences, lifelong learning, opportunities to get involved in training the next generation of regulatory professionals and ideas for new resources that would support your development.

Membership

Caroline Griffin

Caroline Griffin | Membership Officer

Caroline joined TOPRA in March 2021. Her responsibilities include membership enquiries, renewals and supervising SPINs and INs meetings and webinars. She has a BSc in Applied Social Sciences from the University of North London and a Diploma in Geosciences from the Open University.

Her wide work experience includes a library and information services background, as well as acting as Personal Assistant and Receptionist, in such diverse companies as Deloitte, legal firm Herbert Smith and architects NBBJ. Previous experience of membership organisations includes stints at the Chartered Insurance Institute and the Institute of Directors.

Contact Caroline for: member enquiries.

Client services

Erik Smit

Erik Smit | Client Development Manager

Erik is responsible for the commercial activities at TOPRA, including exhibitions, sponsorship and advertising. He also coordinates the annual careers fair ‘Regulatory Careers Live’. Prior to that he was responsible for TOPRA’s Marketing Function. He joined TOPRA in 2005 following his roles as Marketing Executive at the Sector Skills Council for Science & Engineering Manufacturing Technologies and before that Marketing & Development Executive at Miller Freeman (United Business Media), publishers of Food Manufacture, and Manufacturing Chemist. Erik studied International Management at Arnhem Business School, and he has a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing from Kingston Business School.

Contact Erik for: sponsorship, advertising and exhibition opportunities
 

Education and training

Kay Wood 

Kay Platt | Education and Apprenticeship Lead

Kay joined TOPRA in July 2006 as maternity cover for the Membership and Advertising Secretary. She then went on to become Office Coordinator. Taking over the position of Postgraduate Administrator 2007, Kay is currently studying Business Studies with the Open University which has given her a greater understanding of her students' needs.

Contact Kay for: all MSc-related queries.

Sammi Kwok 

Sammi Kwok | Training and Registration Lead

Sammi joined the professional development team in 2017. She organises the logistics for a variety of training courses and conferences including liaising with the working parties and supports the delivery of TOPRA eLearning and webinars. Sammi graduated from the University of Birmingham with a degree in Marketing with Events Management. Since graduating, she has worked in various event roles within the not-for-profit sector, organising a range of events from training seminars and conferences to diploma and awards ceremonies.

Contact Sammi for: general course enquiries and eLearning. 

Loretta Yarquah | Training and Education Coordinator

Loretta joined TOPRA in February 2022 to assist with the delivery of our training courses. Loretta has an extensive background in planning and coordinating various events.

Contact Loretta for: training enquiries
Cristina Dragan

Cristina Dragan | Regulatory Intelligence and Symposium Manager

Cristina joined TOPRA in 2019 and is mainly responsible for the TOPRA annual Symposium together with the apprenticeship programme. Cristina has a diploma in pharmacy and started her career in a company which specialises in pharmacovigilance services. She is passionate about learning and development and is currently pursuing an MSc in International Healthy Policy.

Contact Cristina for: enquiries about the Symposium, apprenticeship programme, eLearning courses and webinars

Mary Nakpodia | Training and Registration Events Lead

Mary joined TOPRA in August 2021 and is responsible for coordinating the Essentials courses and some of the CRED courses. She also manages the event logistics for TOPRA’s big events, such as the Awards for Regulatory Excellence and Symposium. Mary is a passionate and experienced events professional who before TOPRA has worked in various industries, such as event sales, event memberships and sports hospitality.

Contact Mary for: enquiries about the Essentials or CRED courses and events

Marketing and digital

Oli Rahman

Oli Rahman | Head of Marketing

Oli joined TOPRA in November of 2018 as Head of Marketing following several years of hands-on private and public sector experience in web design, CRM integration, lead generation, social media and email marketing, and direct sales. He is in charge of TOPRA's marketing operations, with responsibility for leading and overseeing the execution of the organisation's marketing campaigns.

Contact Oli for: marketing enquiries.

Mohammed Abumahlula

Mohammed Abumahlula | Digital Lead

Mohammed joined TOPRA in October 2018. He is responsible for marketing across the different platforms and managing our website.

Contact Mohammed for: social media, email and web enquiries.

Nathaniel Thompson

Nathaniel Thompson | Marketing Officer

Nathaniel joined TOPRA in September 2021. He is responsible for marketing across the different platforms.


Contact Nathaniel for: social media and email enquiries.

Communications and publishing

Catrin Jackson

Catrin Jackson | Content Writer

Catrin joined TOPRA in August 2021. She is responsible for sub-editing content across the website and the journal. She also manages the TOPRA newsletter.

Contact Catrin for: Publishing enquiries 

Daisy Edwards | Engagement Intern

Daisy joined TOPRA in March 2022 to support the Engagement team with a number of exciting new projects. With three years of media, editing and publishing experience, she is a trained journalist and is currently working with our publishing team on opportunities to use content from our journal, Regulatory Rapporteur, more effectively.

Contact Daisy for: content enquiries

Finance and office

Vincent Costello

Vincent Costello | Financial Controller

Vincent joined TOPRA as Management Accountant in 2010. Prior to joining TOPRA Vincent gained work experience in finance roles in the architecture/design, charity, recruitment, media/broadcasting, technology & banking sectors. This extensive work experience includes roles successfully completed in Ireland, UK, US and Australia. Vincent is a Certified Accountant and also holds a BA (Hons) Degree in Accounting & Finance having graduated from Athlone Institute of Technology and Griffith College Dublin, Ireland.

Contact Vincent for: financial enquiries, budgets, bank matters, investments, VAT (including overseas VAT).

Jatinder Gill

Jay Gill | Assistant Accountant

Jay joined TOPRA in January 2018 as our Accounts Assistant working in the finance department. Jay processes conference and training sales invoices, posts duly authorised expense reports from staff and volunteers, and processes our supplier payments. Working alongside Vincent, Jay assists with VAT report preparation, yearly audit visits and event reconciliations.

Contact Jay for: invoice enquiries, supplier accounts and account status.

Elizabeth Walker 

Elizabeth Walker | Executive Support

Elizabeth joined TOPRA in October 2019 as our Executive Support. Elizabeth provides support to the Directors and assists on various projects as well as managing the office and external bookings for our meeting rooms.

Contact Elizabeth for: meeting room bookings and general enquiries

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