Cancelled: National Pharmacy Board elections 2020

The RPS Assembly has decided to cancel the National Pharmacy Board elections 2020.

The process for elections to the National Pharmacy Boards for 2020 was launched on 13 March, with the opening of nominations. These are due to close on 3 April. However, as the COVID-19 pandemic is now established in the UK there is considerable concern that an election would be a diversion from the key priority of the nation and the profession.

Holding an election at this extraordinarily difficult time is not felt to be appropriate.

Given the exceptional and unprecedented global and national circumstances, the RPS Assembly has consequently decided to take emergency executive action and cancel the elections this year.

Those Board members whose terms of office would come to an end in June 2020 will be granted an extension of one year to their term.

The Board members affected are:

English Pharmacy Board

Scottish Pharmacy Board

Welsh Pharmacy Board

Martin Astbury *

Jonathan Burton *

Robert Davies

Sandra Gidley *

Alasdair MacIntyre

Richard Evans

Ash Soni *

Ailsa Power

Paul Harris

Mahendra Patel *

Deborah Stafford

Suzanne Scott-Thomas *

Should these members choose to stand for election in 2021 and be successfully returned for a further term of office, it is anticipated they would chose to step down from office one year early in 2023.

As the term of office on their respective National Board for six of the Assembly members comes to an end in June (indicated by * in the table above), these members were specifically excluded from the decision making process and the final decision was taken solely by the remaining eight Assembly members.

Members wishing to comment on the above should email the relevant Returning Officer by 26 May.

Returning Officer for England            [email protected] 

Returning Officer for Scotland           [email protected]

Returning Officer for Wales                [email protected]


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