A diversity of hands

Diversity & inclusion at our core

TOPRA is a signatory to the Science Council's Diversity Declaration. This commits us to putting diversity and inclusion at the heart of all we do as an organisation, and to consider the importance of D&I for the regulatory affairs profession. Maintaining this commitment is a key element of our 2020-2025 Strategic Plan, in which we pledge to continue to proactively promote a culture of equality, diversity and inclusion.

Key diversity areas for TOPRA

  • Actively promoting regulatory affairs as a profession that welcomes people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Ensuring that our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion is clearly visible and actively supported.
  • Ensuring we collect information on equality, diversity and inclusion issues that relates to our membership for the purposes of our role as a member organisation and to our staff for the purposes of our employment role.

If you would like to find out more, or become involved in the TOPRA Diversity working party, please email our Volunteering team.

89% of TOPRA members believe Diversity and Inclusion is important to them. – Diversity Survey 2019

Kevin Pay, TOPRA Chief Executive, on diversity and inclusion:

Kevin PayTOPRA is an open organisation and wants to be sure that all regulatory professionals, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, race, geographical location or physical capability, can take advantage of our member services and training or volunteering opportunities. We will identify any areas in which there are barriers and address them, and hope that our members will feel able to tell us where we could do better.”

Diversity Committee

Our Diversity Committee, whose chair is appointed by our Board, collects data, evaluates our position and decides on steps we need to take to improve. The committee updates TOPRA members on new initiatives throughout the year in our monthly InTouch newsletter. TOPRA has many initiatives aimed at improving access in the regulatory profession and ensuring equal opportunities for all. We've begun research to identify where there are issues, and members will be asked to contribute.

Committee members

Cheryl Hall (Chair), Aman Khera, Ifty Saiyed, Andrea Sisneros, Lynda Wight, and Keira Ledger.

“For me D&I in TOPRA means: I want  to be open to all others, share experiences, to listen, check for understanding, reflect and act on what I learn to create an even deeper inclusive professional organisation and community; whether though formal learning, networking, or the experience of volunteering or being the important continuity team in the office, and by advising our Board.” – Cheryl Hall
“I am on a Diversity and Inclusion journey and am committed to play my part in this conversation because ultimately medicines and treatments know no barriers, and people involved in this industry should not feel barriers either.” – Aman Khera
“I guess for me Diversity and inclusion reflects the ‘status quo’ of society and is necessary for the peaceful co-existence of civilisations who mutually depend on one another. We can learn from one another, but first, we must extend our level of understanding about each other.” – Ifty Saiyed
“My life and career journey continues to be an enriched and diverse experience which I share with everyone I meet.” – Andrea Sisneros
“After a lifetime career in regulatory affairs, much of which was spent in developing a profession that I am very proud of, I want to see opportunities and support available to everyone who makes RA their career choice.” - Lynda Wight

Recent activities

Watch our Diversity and inclusion webinar – hosted exclusively for TOPRA Members  on 2 June 2020:


Cultural diversity – tackling workplace biases
In the June 2019 issue of our Regulatory Rapporteur journal, Aman Khera, TOPRA Diversity Committee member and Chair of the TOPRA In North America leadership team, addresses diversity and tackling biases in the workplace.

Download the article

Why diversity matters
Read what Aman Khera, a member of TOPRA’s Diversity Committee, has to say about diversity and inclusion in regulatory affairs being a driver for advancing healthcare.

Read the article online

Case studies

We asked some of our members what diversity means to them. Click on their names for more in-depth insights from each about this topic. 

Francesca Buttgieg "Having a team of professionals coming from different walks of life will help transform team dynamics."

Francesca Buttigieg, MTOPRA

"We miss out on really good people when we decide to put them into boxes."

Anna Somuyiwa, MTOPRA


Hina Dixit "Throughout my career I have worked with people from all over the world, learning about differences in cultures and expectations and ways of doing things."

Hina Dixit, MTOPRA

Alix Alderman "Diversity is more than simply equality across races, cultures, genders; it is bringing a range of different backgrounds and ideas together in order to strengthen a team or organisation."

Alix Alderman, MTOPRA

Majella Ryan "Having a diverse and varied workforce made up of different sexes, nationalities, backgrounds and abilities opens the door to understanding the regulators in different countries."

Majella Ryan, FTOPRA

Nicole Small "As managers, we must advance equality of opportunities between people, building relationships along the way to gain an understanding and mutual respect of others."

Nicole Small, MTOPRA

Contact us

If you have any suggestions or feedback on TOPRA’s Diversity and Inclusion initiatives, please email membership@topra.org.