Our People

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 is a qualified pharmacist and holds an MBA. His exposure to community pharmacy at Day Lewis spreads over 4 decades, through which he’s obtained internal experience at every possible level and scenario.
Jay is elected on the Community Pharmacy England board as a Multiple Chemist Representative and regularly advices Senior Government on Pharmacy related matters.
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.

Rupa Patel

Executive Director

MBA, MA, BDS

Rupa, who became Executive Director in 2016 leads the business alongside Jay Patel and Sam Patel. She leads with a focus on people, vision, values, and culture. Her passion for family businesses is at the heart of her leadership approach, reflecting a deep understanding of their unique dynamics and needs.
Holding a Bachelor of Dental Surgery and an MBA, she also spearheads our Real Estate initiatives. As a mother of two balancing professional and family life, Rupa is deeply committed to fitness and youth development, actively participating in youth charities in the UK.

Sam Patel

Executive Director

MA(Oxon), ACA, MBA

Sam holds an MA 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.

In 2023, Sam published a biography on Kirit Patel entitled “Nothing Is Impossible”. Click HERE for more info.
During his lifetime, he would like to go heli-skiing in Jackson Hole, USA.

Leadership Team

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 including Peter de Savary and Aamir Ahmad.

Having joined Day Lewis in October 2011 as finance director, Heena headed up the finance department for over 8 years and successfully negotiated a number of bank facilities for the organisation that enabled successful growth of both the retail and wholesale businesses. She has since stepped back and is now Company Secretary for all entities and remains a director on the board

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.

Neil Hopkins

Head of People

Neil graduated from Kingston University with a BA Hons in Business in 1993. 30 years later Neil has held various HR/People roles within the Media, Shipping, Retail & Wholesale sectors working with most recently with well-known luxury and high street brands such as Uniqlo, Wella, Gant and Luxottica. Neil’s passion is embedding and working with strong cultures within the businesses he has worked for and as such was drawn to Day Lewis by the family culture and values.

A family man with 3 children, Neil loves nothing more than time spent with them on Holiday, eating in good restaurants and when he gets the time, plays Golf, goes Carp fishing and (to buck the Day Lewis trend!) is a season ticket at Manchester United. His dream on retiring is to buy a Winnebago and tour the United States with his wife!

Pritesh Patel

Group Finance Director

Pritesh joined the Day Lewis Group in 2023. He is a CIMA qualified accountant who has over 15 years’ experience spanning funding, finance, business transformation and business development within travel, infrastructure project, Real Estate, leisure, hospitality, and media industries. He holds a degree from Imperial University in Aeronautical Engineering.

Pritesh is a family man who loves being with his children. In his down time Pritesh enjoys playing football and is a Gunners fan.

Pritesh’s favourite travel moment is when he travelled from East to West India in a rickshaw.

In his lifetime Pritesh would love to sail the open sea across to the Caribbean.

Prakash Patel

Head Buyer OTC

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.

Shimal Patel

Chief Operating Officer (Supply Chain)

Shimal leads on Supply Chain and Marketing.  He holds an Executive MBA (Distinction) from Warwick Business School.  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.  During his lifetime, he would like to see Manchester United win the Premier League again!

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.

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.