As a forward-thinking charity, we measure our successes and impact every year to ensure our support remains relevant and useful.
Message from our Chair of Trustees
As a board of trustees, we believe in being transparent in our thoughts and actions. We appreciate the significant responsibilities we have to always act in the best interests of our beneficiaries, whilst recognising we could not do this without the support and dedication of our staff team, partners, volunteers and stakeholders. At our board meeting in September 2022, we agreed, in the spirit of openness, that I will post a short message after our quarterly board meeting summarising our key actions and decisions.
Esther Sadler-Williams, Chair of Trustees at Pharmacist Support
Message from the Chair – September 2022
Our meeting this quarter was a combined strategy review and board meeting. We reviewed progress to date on our 5-year mission, values and objectives and considered what other actions were necessary to ensure that as a charity, we fulfil our purpose to exist to support our pharmacy family in perpetuity.
As well as considering the beneficiary pool we should support in the future, we also considered some new and innovative approaches to support funding and income streams for the charity. We reviewed our quarterly finances and whilst our expenditure is below budget, our portfolio, which funds much of our activity, has been significantly impacted by the downturn in the stock market. On a positive note, we have completed a full review our investment managers and in line with our ESG policy will be fully divested in all fossil fuel producers by the end of this month – three months ahead of schedule.
We approved the first version of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Plan. This will be a ‘living document’ and part of our overall operational plan thus regularly reviewed and updated. Over the next couple of quarters key activities for the board include reviewing our grants policy and the office lease options in view of our new hybrid working arrangements.