A leading provider of specialist pharmacy services

We are proud to be a leading provider of specialist pharmacy services to hospices in the UK.

We are experts in medicines management and our range of pharmacy services has been designed, developed and continually refined for over 25 years to help our hospice clients meet the specific requirements of the Care Quality Commission (CQC), Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS), and the Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW).

By using Ashtons, your hospice will receive a high quality and consistent service, which will help you manage your medication safely and effectively and to meet regulatory and best practice requirements.

Unique expertise in palliative care

Our Palliative Care Ambassador, Lesley Spencer, is Ashtons’ in-house expert on palliative care.

Lesley has over 20 years’ experience working with palliative care patients and prior to joining Ashtons was the Nurse Consultant and Lead for Cancer and Palliative Care in a large Acute Trust, and most recently (for 10 years) the Director of Patient Care and Strategic Development for Princess Alice Hospice. Across her career Lesley has been a member of the South East Coast Executive Leads in Hospice Care Group, President of the National Association for Hospice at Home and the End of Life Care Clinical Lead for Kent, Surrey & Sussex Academic Health Sciences Network.

Lesley works closely with our specialist palliative care pharmacists and operational service delivery to support our hospice clients. 

Lesley Spencer

Palliative Care Ambassador

Yachna Tak

Chief Executive Officer

Yachna provides a strategic overview  and oversees all aspects of the running of Ashtons on a day-to-day basis. She is responsible for developing client relationships and partnerships, as well as developing our technological solutions.


Martin England

Chief Pharmacist

Responsible for quality and innovation, Martin is an expert in medicines management and regulatory compliance. He is also responsible for developing products and services for our clients.

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Simon Laws

Chief Financial Officer

Simon provides financial leadership to Ashtons, maintaining stability, security and continuity for our clients. He supports the strategic and operational decision making of the business through analysis, reporting and insights.

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John Caldwell

Chief Commercial Officer

John heads up our sales and marketing operation. His primary responsibility is to increase market share across our core and traditional markets whilst also looking at new markets that Ashtons can pivot into.

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Jon Marlow

Chief Technical Officer

Jon is responsible for driving technological innovation within Ashtons and ensuring we deliver best-in-class IT solutions to our customers.