Founders

Kirit Patel MBE

Founder

1949 - 2016

Kirit was one of the UK’s most recognised pharmacy entrepreneurs. He had over 40 years of retail pharmacy experience and had grown the company from two pharmacies in 1975 to over 280 pharmacies in the UK, in 2016. Kirit’s contribution to pharmacy was recognised in 2005 when he was awarded an MBE by HM Queen Elizabeth II. His academic achievements range from a degree in Pharmacy from Portsmouth University to an MBA from Westminster University in 1988, a postgraduate diploma in Philosophy from Brighton University in 1998 and attending the Advanced Management Programme at Wharton Business School in 2006. Further, in June 2016, Kirit received an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Business Administration from University of Bath. Amongst a large number of professional achievements, he was a founding member of the Association of Independent Multiples, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Business and a founding Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain. Kirit was also the Vice Chairman of Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee, served as a government advisor on the Small Business Council (2000 – 2003) and the Better Regulation Task force (2004 – 2006). In 2015, he was appointed Non Executive Director of Brighton & Hove University Hospital. To read more about the life of Kirit Patel MBE, please click on the link HERE.

JC Patel

Founder

JC was born in Kisumu, Kenya, however graduated from Gujarat University in India with an MSc degree in Physics.

Before founding Day Lewis with his brother Kirit in May 1975, JC returned to Kenya to enter the teaching profession. In 1976, he moved to the UK to help with the family business.

He became a Sub Postmaster in Hammersmith until 1979, when he moved over to manage the retail pharmacies for Day Lewis. JC is now Company Secretary, in addition to being the Sub Postmaster of the four post offices within the Group.

JC’s most memorable moments at Day Lewis so far was when the Day Lewis acquired their 100th shop, and when the company also reached their silver anniversary.

During his lifetime, he would like to go on a cruise tour around the world.

Executive Directors

Jay Patel

Executive Director

MBA, MRPharm.S

Jay qualified as a pharmacist from Portsmouth University and holds an MBA. He has had several roles with his Day Lewis career over the years progressing from Pharmacist Manager, Regional Manager and Chief Innovation Officer for the group.

As Executive Director at Day Lewis Plc, Jay leads the business alongside Rupa Patel and Sam Patel. He is responsible for Retail Strategy and Innovation. His vision is to essentially join up great people, with effective and professional processes, using robust technology to give patients the best possible experience and outcomes. Jay is the elected Multiple Chemist Representative on the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC). He is passionate about pharmacy politics and the role the community pharmacy sector plays within the NHS.

During his lifetime Jay would like to run at least one Marathon. 

Rupa Patel

Executive Director

MBA, MA, BDS

Rupa originally trained as a dentist and subsequently holds an MBA and a Masters in Property Valuation and Law. As Executive Director at Day Lewis Plc, Rupa leads the business alongside Jay Patel and Sam Patel. Her role as custodian for the people, values and culture derives from her passion for family businesses.

Rupa is responsible for Learning and Development, HR and Property investment.

In her spare time, Rupa likes to network with other family businesses and is an active member of the Institute for Family Business. She is also a trustee at Legacy, an Onside Youthzone supporting the young people in Croydon.

Sam Patel

Executive Director

MA(Oxon), ACA, MBA

Sam holds a Master’s degree in Economics & Management from Oxford University, as well as an MBA from Insead Business School. He started his career at PwC where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant, and later joined Day Lewis in April 2012. As Executive Director at Day Lewis Plc, Sam leads the business alongside Jay Patel and Rupa Patel. He is responsible for supply-chain, international growth, and group investment/finance activity.

Sam’s proudest moment at Day Lewis so far is concluding the series of acquisitions that took the group past 250 pharmacies.

During his lifetime, he would like to go heli-skiing in Jackson Hole, USA.

Non Executive Directors

Carey Edwards

Non Executive Director

Carey has been an advisor to Day Lewis since 1995. He graduated from the Wharton Business School and was a management trainee with Royal Dutch Shell. This was then followed by a diverse career initially as an RAF helicopter squadron flight commander, and then various senior management positions; including a member of the executive team of the Peninsula Hotel Group and CEO of Gaastra Holdings.

Currently, he is Managing Director of LMQ, a strategic planning and training consultancy.

Carey's proudest moment at Day Lewis is establishing the company's mission, core purpose and core values.

During his lifetime, he would like to sail across the Atlantic.

Heena Patel

Company Secretary

Heena is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales having qualified with Halpern and Woolf in 1988. In her career, Heena has headed up business finance functions for a number of entrepreneurs and was also the Finance Director at Glebe Asset Management.

Having joined Day Lewis in October 2011, Heena’s proudest moment is successfully negotiating a five year bank club facility that has enabled the company to achieve its ambitions to grow both the distribution and retail businesses.

During her lifetime, she would like to see a tiger in the wild.

Non Executive Advisors

Ian Adamson

Advisor to the Board

Ian joined Day Lewis in September 2013. In addition to being Non-Executive Director for Day Lewis, Ian is the Director for L4 Consulting Ltd and Handsome Ltd; as well as Advisor to the Board for Reva Health. Prior to these positions, Ian worked as the Main Board Director and Chief Operating Officer at SSL International plc.

Ian's most memorable moment at Day Lewis was when he was invited by Kirit to join the company.

During his lifetime, Ian would like to follow as many British & Irish Lions rugby tours as possible.

Nigel Brewster

Finance Advisor to the Board

Nigel is currently CFO of Park Resorts Limited, the largest operator of UK holiday parks. Nigel became involved with Day Lewis in January 2010. Prior to his current role, Nigel held several positions as Finance Director and other senior management roles, at companies such as Gala Coral, SFX Entertainment and ADP Dental Group.

Nigel is proud to be able to assist the board in managing their banking relationships so that the business can continue to grow.

During his lifetime, he would like to follow an Ashes tour in Australia.

Steve Matthews

Advisor to the Board

Steve joined Day Lewis in August 2015 following a 40 year career in banking with NatWest/RBS, latterly as Managing Director of the Corporate and Commercial Banking businesses. Steve is also chairman of Revver Bank a new challenger bank based in Manchester focused on supporting small and medium sized businesses.

Steve is proud to support the board and the whole Day Lewis team in delivering their ambitions.

During his lifetime Steve would like to see Nottingham Forest return to the Premier League.

Rahul Metha

Advisor to the Board

Rahul Joined Day Lewis as a non-exec Director in Jan 2016. Rahul is also a director of both ViCoS and Virtual Clarity as well as the vice-chairman of the Asian Business Association (ABA) which is part of the London Chamber of commerce and Industry.

Rahul has been a senior IT consultant for many of the largest financial services companies in the City over his 25yr career and now focuses on providing high value insight and direction to organisations of all sizes around the world.

In his spare time Rahul works closely with charitable organisations (AbleChildAfrica, Heart of the city) as well as the ABA to promote entrepreneurship as well as raising visibility for lesser but very worthy causes.

Leadership Team

Bhavesh Yagnik

Head of Property

Bhavesh joined Day Lewis in 2019 and brings with him many years of property experience, previously heading up property division at L’Oréal and a number of other corporate and consultancy roles. Bhavesh is a Chartered Surveyor and member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors having qualified in 2010.

Bhavesh is responsible for the property function within the business and is looking forward to bringing his skills and knowledge to Day Lewis.

An avid Arsenal fan, trying to go to as many games as possible hoping one day to see them win a few trophies for the cabinet.

Jeff Booth

Head of Supply Chain & Distribution

Originally from Manchester on leaving school Jeff spent 24 years as an officer in the Royal Navy. He gained a degree in electrical engineering whilst serving and continued in engineering roles and in the nuclear industry once he left.

Jeff went on to operations within the pharma industry where he spent the rest of his career. He has worked for Baxter, J&J Partners and spent the last two years working as VP operations for a pharma manufacturer in Switzerland.

Jeff is happily married and thankful his grown-up children have left home, so they tell him.

He is looking forward coaching, mentoring building stellar teams with bright stars to achieve galaxy status. Outside of work Jeff likes to sail his boat and he is a united fan!

Michael Cann

Corporate Projects

Michael joined Day Lewis in 2016 following a Pharmaceutical Executive career where he was Vice President of Accord Europe following 10 years as Executive Director, Generics at Actavis. He has previously chaired the British Generic Manufacturers Association.

A biochemistry graduate, he gained his MBA from Warwick Business School and recent qualified as a Chartered Director and Fellow of the Institute of Directors.

In his early Career Michael was a professional cricketer with Glamorgan County Cricket Club and during his lifetime he would like to see Wales win the Rugby World Cup.

Peter Glover

Professional Services Advisor

Peter holds a degree in pharmacy from the University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology. Before joining Day Lewis in June 1987, Peter worked for 15 years at Boots as a Store Manager and Pharmacy Superintendent. He has also previously owned six pharmacies.

Peter’s proudest moment at Day Lewis is when Kirit received the award of Member of the Order of the British Empire.

During his lifetime, he would like to own a Maclaren 650S.

Prakash Patel

Head Buyer OTC Medicine & Health & Beauty

With over 40 years of experience in the field of procurement in UK pharmacy, Prakash used to own multiple pharmacies in his family business, Elmfield Drugs Ltd. He was also a nationwide pharmaceutical distribution wholesaler with his previous family company, Kemicash Ltd.

Since joining Day Lewis in 2002, the plan was to work with our team for twelve months, but he has remained with us for over twenty years, very much feeling part of the Day Lewis family.

In his spare time, Prakash spends time feeling frustrated on the golf course but much more relaxed when with his four grandchildren.

Rachna Chhatralia

Superintendent Pharmacist

Rachna qualified as a pharmacist at the London School of Pharmacy. She started working for Day Lewis as a Pharmacist Manager in 2002 and joined our support office team in 2017 as a Professional Services Pharmacist. in 2022 Rachna was promoted to the role of Superintendent Pharmacist of the Day Lewis group. Prior to joining Day Lewis, she held the position of Pharmacist Manager for a small independent group.

Rachna brings over 25 years of experience to her role as Superintendent and her ambition is for Day Lewis to be the industry leader in patient safety.

During her lifetime, Rachna would like to visit all seven wonders of the world.

Raymond Barclay

Head of Supply Chain & HR

Raymond is qualified as a pharmacist, however has spent the majority of his career in senior general management roles within companies including Guinness Retail and AAH Retail/Lloyds Pharmacy.

Having worked for Day Lewis since September 2005, Raymond’s proudest moment is helping the company to move into a new modern office and overlooking the installation of the automation in the new warehouse. This was a major milestone which signified the company’s ability to grow into a significantly larger business.

During his lifetime, Raymond would like to spend a month touring the west coast of America, in particular California.

Shimal Patel

Head of Marketing

Shimal is currently enrolled on the Executive MBA programme at Warwick Business School, taught at The Shard in London. He has previously attained a Master’s degree in Business & IT from Aston Business School and a Bachelors degree in Economics & Finance from University of Southampton. Further, he has attended residential executive development courses at Cranfield School of Management and at Ashridge Executive Education.

Shimal’s most memorable moment at Day Lewis so far is when his Marketing department were finalists for the “Team of the Year” category at an industry awards event.

During his lifetime, he would like to appear on BBC’s Masterchef.

Steve Ash

Head of IT

Steve joined Day Lewis in April 2019 and brings with him many years of retail experience having previously headed up the IT functions for Virgin Retail, Mothercare, Pizza Hut and HSS Hire Group.

Steve is extremely keen to underpin the continued growth and success of Day Lewis by building on the extremely talented IT team and stable solutions which are already in place.

Outside of work Steve is an active Freemason, works closely with the Goods For Good Charity, is an Arsenal season ticket holder, holidays in the sun as often as possible and above all, loves spending quality time with his wife, children and grandchildren.

During his lifetime, Steve would like to learn to play a musical instrument so that he can sing and play at the celebration party next time Arsenal win the champions league!

Taybi Mohammedbhai

Head of Procurement

Taybi is a qualified pharmacist and graduated from Brighton University. Prior to joining Day Lewis in October 1982, Taybi worked for Boots as a pre-registration pharmacist and relief manager for the South Eastern area.

Taybi’s most memorable moment at Day Lewis so far is founding Day Lewis’ annual conference alongside fellow colleagues, and he is proud to see how it has evolved over the years.

During his lifetime, he would like to visit a few geographical wonders, such as Mount Everest.

Tim Harrington

Head of Commercial Development

Tim is a graduate of the Wharton Business School and has also completed an MBA at Kingston University in 1999; however his experience in the UK pharmacy industry began in 1991 at what was then known as UniChem Ltd. He later became the Chief Accountant of Moss Pharmacy, which is now known as Alliance Boots. During this time, Tim helped the company to grow from 92 to 750 pharmacies in the UK. In December 2005, he joined Day Lewis as a Commercial Manager, with the responsibility of finance and business development.

During his lifetime, he would like to gain a history degree and go on a cricket tour in the Caribbean.

Dr Tim Rendell

Head of Pharmacy

Tim is qualified as a pharmacist. Tim has held a variety of senior management positions at Alliance Boots. He then joined Day Lewis as Head of Retail in 2010 and now leads the pharmacy team. In addition to his position at Day Lewis, Tim holds positions in several pharmacy associations and committees; including the Surrey Local Pharmaceutical Committee and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

Tim’s most memorable moment at Day Lewis so far is leading a session for company colleagues at the Day Lewis Annual Conference 2014.

During his lifetime, he would like to learn how to play the piano.