In May 2016 The PS team welcomed two new trustees to the board at Pharmacist Support – Stephen Lutener and Stephen Riley! New recruits Stephen Lutener, Director of Regulation and Support at PSNC and Stephen Riley, Senior Prescribing Advisor at Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit join existing trustees Professor Peter Noyce (Chair), Anita Cawley (Vice Chair), Robbie Turner, Jonathan Mason, Sally Atkinson and Sunil Lakhani.
Stephen (Steve) Lutener started his career in 1980, spending seven years with Boots before joining the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. He progressed within the Society to become Head of Pharmacy Law and was designated a Fellow of the Society in 2003. Steve joined the PSNC in 2003 and is currently Director of Regulation and Support. Due to retire later in the year, Steve is excited to take on his new role as a charity trustee:
“I have personally seen examples of the work that the charity engages in – much of it is ‘behind the scenes’, and there are thousands of pharmacists, their families and students who have been helped during sticky points in their lives. I look forward to working with the other Trustees to set out a direction of travel that ensures the support we can give is financially sustainable; that we provide the right framework for the staff and volunteers; and to ensure that no potential beneficiary is left without support.”
Stephen Riley’s first pharmacy role was as a hospital pharmacist in Aintree Hospital. In 2010 he moved into the primary care sector providing independent medicines management / optimisation services to GP practices, Practice Based Commissioning Groups and projects in collaboration with the pharmaceutical industry. Currently, his main role is leading the medicines optimisation service commissioned by Wirral CCG delivering projects across 54 GP practices. He also works with RPS as a Regional Media Spokesperson and co-chairs the Cheshire and Merseyside LPF. Stephen works with the Pharmacists’ Defence Association trade union and is a trained union representative, supporting individual members in emotive and challenging situations during employment disputes. Stephen is keen to get stuck into working with us:
“We are living in increasingly challenging times, with more people facing financial difficulties as well as increasing levels of stress and workplace pressures. Working as a trustee of Pharmacist Support will enable me to utilise my skills and experience to support the work of a vital organisation that supports our colleagues from a holistic approach (i.e. financial, work life pressures, health and wellbeing).”
Stepping down following four years on the Board was Treasurer Richard Fass and, following three years in post, Vice Chair Christine Miles and Hamish Borno.