The Royal Pharmaceutical Society is delighted to announce that Mair Davies has been appointed Director for Wales. Mair will take up the role with immediate effect. Mair is stepping down as a Chair of the Welsh Pharmacy Board to take on this role at an important time of change for the RPS, pharmacy and health in Wales.
Helen Gordon, RPS Chief Executive, said: "I am delighted to welcome Mair into the Executive Team of the RPS. Her commitment to developing pharmacy and supporting pharmacists in Wales is well known to us all. Mair has a rich and varied experience across pharmacy and education, and we now welcome her skills and passion into the role as Director for Wales."
As Mair will be standing down as Chair of the Welsh Pharmacy Board, Suzanne Scott Thomas will step into the role of Acting Chair until the Board elect a new Chair at the next Welsh Pharmacy Board meeting on October 15th 2015.
Mair said: "It has been an honour and a truly inspiring experience to serve as Chair of the WPB during the evolutionary journey of the RPS into a Professional Leadership Body. I have had the privilege of working with dedicated elected National Pharmacy Board members, Assembly members and RPS staff whose passion and dedication to our profession is commendable. I thank each and every one of them for their help, support and friendship over the last five years. I now move on to the role of Director for Wales, where I look forward to working with the Chair, the Society’s Welsh Pharmacy Board, staff members and key stakeholders to provide leadership for the profession in Wales.”
Ash Soni, RPS President, said: “Mair has been an extremely effective Chair and contributed to the development of pharmacy in Wales. Her involvement across Great Britain has helped create the RPS as the organisation it is today. I look forward to her further support in developing the role of pharmacists in the increasingly complex health and care environment to providing the highest levels of care to the public. Mair will be a key individual in supporting the new Chair in Wales in leading the profession and improving the public's health”
Notes to editors
Mair has a long and varied career in pharmacy. She was elected as Chair of the Welsh Pharmacy Board in July 2011 after serving as Vice Chair since February 2010.
Mair has worked as a consultant in professional education for amongst other bodies, the Welsh Centre for Pharmacy Profession Education at Cardiff University; previous roles have included Course Director at Welsh School of Pharmacy, and Principle Pharmacist in education and training at the Princess of Wales hospital.
Mair also has wide experience of hospital practice and community pharmacy, with previous senior management roles in both.
Mair is a Welsh speaker and has been on the Welsh Pharmacy Board since 2007. Mair was also a member and past Chair of its predecessor, the Welsh Executive.