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Charity Welcomes Five New Trustees

Pharmacist Support is delighted to welcome five new Trustees to its board – Catherine Harper, Paul Johnson, Esther Sadler-Williams, Neil Matthewman and Sarah Willis.

December 2017 marked the start of a three year term for the new recruits who join existing Board members Anita Cawley, Robbie Turner, Sunil Lakhani, Steve Riley, Steve Lutener and Sally Atkinson.

Pharmacist Support Diane“This past year has been a challenging one for the charity” commented Chief Executive Diane Leicester-Hallam. “The unexpected passing of our Chair Prof Peter Noyce was difficult for us all. We are pleased to be moving into this New Year with new Board members and we look forward to working together to shape our support for those in the profession facing challenging times and to continue the vital work that Peter began in ensuring a financially sustainable future for the charity”.

The charity’s five new Trustees bring with them a plethora of experience and skills.

Across his career Neil has held a variety of executive leadership roles in NHS commissioning and provider environments and more recently in the Third Sector as Chief Executive of Community Integrated Care – a charity providing a range of health and social care services to adults with learning disabilities. As well as gaining direct experience of the contribution made by pharmacists through his work, Neil has also been married to one for nearly 25 years!

Sarah is an experienced academic, researcher and former Company Director, with a background in both private and public sectors. She is a lecturer in social pharmacy at the University of Manchester where she chairs a Research Ethics Committee. Sarah was previously a research fellow for the Centre for Postgraduate Pharmacy Education and Manchester Pharmacy School where in 2013 she first became involved with Pharmacist Support, leading the evaluation of the charity’s Wardley Wellbeing pilot.

As Head of Professional Development at Buttercups Training Ltd, Paul is responsible for the management and development of the company’s pre-registration programme. Having recently encountered first-hand the difficulties experienced by trainees, he is keen to ensure that training is accompanied by a high level of pastoral care and support. Paul and his team at Buttercups signed up as the charity’s first organisational ambassadors.

With over 35 years’ experience in a variety of pharmaceutical roles (retail, hospital and industry), and having established a number of businesses, Esther brings with her insight into the many sectors of pharmacy along with strong strategic business skills. Esther has also been involved in a number of pharmaceutical steering groups to drive change within the industry.

Having taken early retirement from teaching Biology, Catherine is now a freelance writer. As the widow of a pharmacist she is acutely aware of the pressures those in the profession face and having benefitted from the charity’s support she is well aware of the impact services such as those provided by Pharmacist Support can have.

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