Dr Ravi Ganatra BDS (Lond) MFDS RCS (Eng) MJDF Ravi qualified as a Dental Surgeon in 2007 and achieved membership of the Royal College of Surgeons just one year later in 2008.
Ravi became a director of Ravika Ltd in 2014 and now has many years experience of the business side of community pharmacy. He also has significant experience of the operational side of dental practices so has a unique view of the role of Community Pharmacy in the wider healthcare environment which he believes is key to the Pharmacy of the Future concept.
He also has many years of regulatory experience as a member of the Fitness to Practise Panel at the General Dental Council for over 7 years, a position which gives him an insight into the regulation of healthcare professions. He is proud to have assisted many dental practitioners through regulatory proceedings with his experience of the process.
He is passionate about the Pharmacy of the Future concept that Alitam embodies and is honoured to be a part of the team responsible for seeing the vision come to fruition, for the benefit of patients, customers and pharmacy businesses.
Ken is Founder and Chairman of Restoration Partners, the boutique technology merchant bank and architects of Inogesis formerly known as The Virtual Technology Cluster model. Ken’s technology career spans over 30 years commencing with IBM from whom he won a scholarship while at Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge. In 1992, after twelve years as a senior executive at Wang Labs in the US and Europe, Ken founded Interregnum, the technology merchant bank. He was elected as a Fellow of the British Computer Society in 2006.
He is currently Chairman of Interswitch (Africa’s largest e-payments company). He is a former Director of Thomson Reuters, a former deputy Chair at the Institute of directors and Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC) where he coined the famous epigram “More Soviet than City” to describe the manner of his departure.
Ken is a Freeman of the City of London, Liveryman and Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists, Patron of Thames Reach (for which he received an OBE in 2010), and Chairman of charity Shaw Trust. He was an original member of the Postal Services Commission (PostComm) and the Independent Parliamentary Standard Authority (IPSA) and is the Founder and Chairman of the Aleto Foundation. He is a past Sunday Times Not for Profit Non-Executive Director of the year and was named Number 1 in the 2016 Powerlist’s roster of the UK’s most influential black people. In 2013 Ken and his wife, Julia, endowed the Olisa Library at his alma mater Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. In 2015, Her Majesty the Queen appointed Ken as Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for Greater London and he was knighted in the 2018 New Year’s Honours List for services to business and philanthropy. In September 2018 Ken was appointed as the director on the board of Huawei a Chinese multinational networking, telecommunications equipment and Services Company. Sir Kenneth is President of London Youth, a member network of 450+ community youth organisations working across London, supporting tens of thousands of young Londoners each year through their sports, arts, employment and social action programmes and outdoor learning at their residential centres in East Sussex and Buckinghamshire.
Dinesh is an Alitam Operational Director and part of a large team responsible for the Group in meeting its strategic targets across the UK region. The team is responsible in evaluating how Alitam can constantly improve its working practices across all its pharmacies.
Having run multiple pharmacy groups of his own with turnover in excess of £25m, Dinesh has over 40 years experience of community pharmacy & multisite operations. His expertise includes cost control, people management, training & business development, as well as successfully spearheading multiple acquisitions with a buy and build policy.
He holds a keen interest in global financial matters and ancient history, having been established as a financial markets trader for over 30 years.
Abdool was the first appointed Alitam Operational Director and part of a large team responsible for the Group in meeting its strategic targets across the UK region. The team is responsible in evaluating how Alitam can constantly improve its working practices across all its pharmacies.
Abdool qualified as a pharmacist in 1985. He was branch manager for a small multiple before purchasing his first pharmacy in Ewell. He later took over Buckley Pharmacy in Ashtead where he now has 2 branches. He has won awards such as C&D Platinum design Award and Alphega Community Pharmacist Award.
Abdool is a pre-registration tutor. He served on Surrey LPC for 10 years, including Vice Chairman. He firmly believes that community pharmacies can gain a bigger share of the over-counter trade by identifying new innovative health care products and services to better meet current customer needs.
Patrick is an Alitam Operational Director for the Ireland region and is responsible for the Group in meeting its strategic targets. The team is responsible in evaluating how Alitam can constantly improve its working practices across all its pharmacies, including the use of latest technology and new product and service lines.
For over 40 years, Patrick has been active in developing the Community Pharmacy as a byword for excellence in healthcare and customer service. As GM of McSweeny group Patrick co-developed Ireland’s first pan-European community pharmacy group, successfully integrating over 40 pre-established Irish pharmacies into a corporate structure. An adamant supporter of the advantages and importance of the independent community pharmacy, Patrick specialised in restructuring businesses to maximise operational efficiency and internal organisation to ensure utmost customer satisfaction and bottom line performance. The success of this model represented the benefits of combining the commercial capability of corporate pharmacy with the personalistion of service and customer loyalty of the independent community pharmacy.
Patrick continues to push the parameters and possibilities of community pharmacy and since 2014 has been independently developing the para-pharmacy model in Ireland.
In the face of the rise of online shopping and direct-to-customer sales, Patrick strives to reduce dependence on mass-market product by product specialisation and individualised customer-focused service.
Bolaji is an Alitam Operational Director and part of a large team responsible in areas such as process evaluation and process improvement.
Bolaji has over 25 years of experience, having overseen the development of 7 community pharmacies across south London. She has been responsible for both the planning and the execution of the strategic direction of Millennium Pharmacy. She has also taken lead of the Post Office and Human Resources divisions of the company in addition to having been a prescribing pharmacist. She is currently the PCN lead pharmacist for the Fiveways Primary Care Network.
Bolaji also has previous managerial experience at Boots and holds a BPharm (Hons).
Nick is an Alitam Operational Director and part of a large team responsible for the Group in meeting its strategic targets across the UK region. Nick focuses more specifically on our operation in Wales and Evaluates how we can constantly improve our working practices amongst the local pharmacies in that region.
Nick began his career in community pharmacy in 1996, working as a frontline pharmacist in both independent and chain outlets for 11 years. Nick has since built his own small chain of pharmacies in South Wales. Nick’s broad range of experience at the coalface and as a Director and superintendent at Thornes Pharmacy Ltd enables him to offer a wealth of knowledge at both a strategic and practical level.