THE Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has appointed pharmacist, Paul Bennett, as its new Chief Executive. Due to take up his role at the beginning of July, he is currently the Chief Officer of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Local Pharmaceutical Committee.
“I warmly welcome Paul to the role of Chief Executive of the RPS. He brings a depth of understanding of the pharmacy sector, particularly rooted in community pharmacy. Through his leadership roles he has developed a strong understanding of the importance of professional standards in changing times, the imperative to improve patient care and of the commercial and regulatory challenges and opportunities. I look forward to working closely with him and our members to continue to shape the future of the profession,” commented RPS President, Martin Astbury.
Paul Bennett said: “I am delighted that I have been invited to join the Royal Pharmaceutical Society as its new Chief Executive at this important time for the profession. As a pharmacist myself, I am passionate about the advancement of the science and practice of pharmacy and driven by an ambition to support pharmacists, wherever they may practice, to improve the public’s health and wellbeing.
“I look forward to working closely with the President, the Assembly, the National Pharmacy Boards and of course the great team of staff at the Society, to build upon the work done over recent times to support the development of pharmacists and continue the journey to build a viable and sustainable organisation. Together we will deliver the agreed strategy and further strengthen the position that the Society now occupies as the voice of the profession.
“One of my highest priorities will be engagement with members, and I look forward to meeting and hearing from as many members as possible. I strongly believe that an influential and effective professional leadership body listens to, and is responsive to, the voice of its members.”