PIPA Strategy 2014 - 2015

PIPA Strategy 2014 - 2015

Like many organisations, PIPA experienced significant challenges over the past few years, at least in part due to the financial restrictions across the country and within our industry. As a not-for-profit association, we had needed to reinvest in our infrastructure to benefit our members, but this took a while to be effective; in parallel, our operational costs increased. Timely critical review and close management during 2013 ensured we sustained and stabilised our precious association. The Committee also decided to call an Extraordinary General Meeting in January 2014, enabling us to openly share with the winder membership, discuss trends, actions, challenges and opportunities as well as to vote on important constitutional changes. We are now growing and advancing as a stronger body, reaping the benefits of our time and financial investments.

The Executive Committee met specifically to reflect on PIPA's status and future. With the wider Committee, we have revisited our Vision and Mission and redefined our structure to enable us to play to our strengths, advance priorty activities effectively and develop the agility to build from year to year. We also decided to recruit four new Committee mmbers to bring fresh ideas and energy to the team.

PIPA Vision

Driving operational excellence and optimising the impact of pharmaceutical information and pharmacovigilance professionals.

PIPA Mission

PIPA facilitates professional networking to share best practice and raise standards, supports personal training and development at all levels, and delivers useful tools and resources in line with the current and future needs of the membership.

Work streams

To fulfil our PIPA Vision, we have identified ten complimentary but focused work streams - as reflected in the image below. While our Working Parties had delivered fantastic activities and resources for the membership over the years, we recognised that a fresh focus for the contributors would help further - all Working Party members have been invited and encouraged to continue within one or more work streams.

PIPA work streams

Each work stream has a defined leader and deputy, with 2 - 4 clear goals.


Leadership Team


Summary of Goals @ May 2014


PIPA communications & profile


Sarah Dunnet (L)

Sanjay Motivaras (D)

Tom Nichols

Phil Ball

  • Raise awareness & engagement within & beyond PIPA
  • Liaison & partnerships with selected organisations
  • Drive PIPA corporate branding across all channels

PIPA financial management


Emma Boulton (L)


  • Apply budgeting model & forecasting to ensure financial sustainability
  • Maintain documentation integrity
  • Oversee spending criteria & decision making process



Sanjay Motivaras (L)

Giulia Brichetto Graglia (D)

  • Innovate the format and functionality
  • Strive for a diverse spectrum of topical articles from across the membership

Online networking & resources


Phil Ball (L)

Tom Nichols (D)


  • Advance our online networking
  • Explore PIPA blog
  • Advance digital communications and consultation with membership



Sarah Hall (L)

Esther Straghan (D)


  • Launch a suite of MI & PV training modules
  • Refine the booking process
  • Develop the training page of the website in line with membership needs
  • Partner Face2Face WS to provide comprehensive programme

Face2Face training


Sarah Hall (L)

Blessing Gombedza (D)


  • Advance scale & scope of offering in line with course feedback & emerging needs
  • Where possible, utilise high quality trainers from within PIPA
  • Ensure cost effectiveness
  • Partner e-Learning WS to provide comprehensive programme



Christine Needham (L)

Tom Nichols (D)


  • Deliver enticing, engaging, impactful scientific programme
  • Manage budget, cashflow - track costs & registrations (sponsors, exhibitors & delegates)
  • Collate & apply feedback from participants & non-participants

Leadership & professional development


Christine Needham (L)

Phil Ball (D)


  • Advance managers' networking & sharing
  • Review CPD model & improve uptake

Promotional compliance


Betty Mwesigwa (L)

Sarah Dunnett (D)

Phil Ball

  • Progress the Code Forum as preferred professional network
  • Supplement F2F meeting, schedule timely interactions, exchanges
  • Partner e-Learning WS to deliver training resources for wider organisation

PV regulations and practice


Tom Nichols (L)

John Barber (D)

  • Deliver timely, pertinent updates
  • Develop resources to facilitate learning
  • Co-ordinate responses to relevant consultations

Membership Call to Action

In order to efficiently and sustainably achieve our PIPA Vision, we are also dependent on the interaction and contributions from across the membership. The Committee encourage all members to:

  • Share active feedback - we need to know your views, ideas and wishes so we meet your expectations
  • Ensure early commitment to events to reassure their viability, facilitate cashflow and support the financial stability of the Association
  • Deliver contributions to enrich the sharing of information across the membership eg e-PIPELINE articles and meeting presentations
  • Encourage colleagues to join and engage
  • Take ownership and participate to enhance the Association to meet your needs and those of others in our professions
  • Volunteer to join the Committee or work streams - in addition to benefiting the Association, this has the clear potential to support your personal and professional development, while providing rich networking opportunities. (If you are interested to learn more, please contact Christine Needham via vicepresident@pipaonline.org).