Maria obtained her Pharmacy degree in Spain and joined the UK Royal Pharmaceutical Society in 2003. She then completed a postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy and in 2007 conducted a research project in renal medicine, for which she was awarded a MSc in Clinical Pharmacy Research by Cardiff University. In 2009 she qualified as an independent prescriber. Between 2015 and 2019 she held a role in the UK Renal Pharmacy Group Executive Committee, an organisation she has been a member of since 2007. In 2020 she has completed the CPPE ‘Leading for change programme’ and qualified as an advanced practitioner in Quality Improvement. She has authored several publications and has been a speaker at numerous national conferences, including the UK Clinical Pharmacy Congress, British Renal Association, Renal Pharmacy Group and the Solid Organ Transplant Pharmacists Association.
Maria is passionate about healthcare leadership, the role of clinical pharmacy and a strong advocate for people with kidney disease and organ donation.