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Results of RPS national pharmacy board elections announced

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has unveiled the newly elected members to its three national pharmacy boards.

Candidates elected to the eight substantive places on the English Pharmacy Board were:

  • Claire Anderson (three-year term)
  • Martin Astbury (three-year term)
  • Steve Churton (two-year term)
  • Ciara Duffy (three-year term)
  • Sue Ladds (three-year term)
  • Mike Maguire (two-year term)
  • Tase Oputu (three-year term)
  • Ankish Patel (two-year term)

Matthew Prior was also elected for a one-year term to fill the casual vacancy on the board.

For the Scottish Pharmacy Board, seven nominations were received for the eight substantive vacancies, so the following candidates were elected unopposed:

  • Jonathan Burton (two-year term)
  • Lucy Dixon (three-year term)
  • Laura Fulton (three-year term)
  • Catriona Sinclair (three-year term)
  • Amina Slimani-Fersia (two-year term)
  • Richard Strang (two-year term)
  • Audrey Thompson (three-year term)

For the Welsh Pharmacy Board, the candidates elected to the two hospital sector vacancies, with Rafia Jamil (two-year term) and Geraldine McCaffrey (three-year term) elected unopposed.

Candidates elected to the ‘any sector’ posts were Aled Roberts (two-year term) and Eleri Schiavone (three-year term).

One nomination was received for the primary care sector vacancy, with Helen Davies elected unopposed, and two community pharmacy posts were filled by Gareth Hughes (two-year term) and Dylan Jones (three-year term).

Paul Bennett, RPS chief executive, said he was ‘delighted’ to welcome the newly elected board members, and thanked the candidates for their time and effort.

He added: ‘It has been encouraging to see a range of candidates from diverse backgrounds put themselves before the membership and with a shared goal of wanting to see the RPS flourish as a professional leadership body.’

Voter turnout in England was up 3% this year, to 10.1%, while turnout in Wales was 19.1%.

The elected members for all three boards will take office from 18 June. The RPS said more information about those elected would be made available after this date.

A version of this article was originally published by our sister publication The Pharmacist.

Image credit: RPS

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