RPS appoints new chief executive officer

Pharmacist, Paul Bennett, has been appointed as our new chief executive.

Pharmacist, Paul Bennett, has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. Paul will take up his post at the beginning of July 2017.

Paul joins the RPS from his position as Chief Officer of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Local Pharmaceutical Committee.  Prior to this, Paul was Professional Standards Director and Superintendent Pharmacist at Boots UK and brings a wealth of professional and commercial experience gained from both national and local pharmacy organisations alongside strong leadership credentials from business and from close working with NHS Commissioners of service and others.

Paul has also held senior leadership roles and Superintendent Pharmacist positions at Safeway Stores Plc and E Moss Ltd and was a member of the Moss Board at time of the merger between Alliance Pharmacy and Boots. He has held accountability for both professional and commercial matters throughout his career.

After a short period providing consultancy services after leaving Boots, Paul joined Hampshire & Isle of Wight Local Pharmaceutical Committee in autumn 2014 as its Chief Officer.

In parallel to his executive career Paul has held a number of positions on professional bodies, most notably becoming Chair of the first RPS English Pharmacy Board in 2007 and Chair of the National Pharmacy Association in 2008. During his career he was a longstanding member of the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee, serving on various subcommittees and more recently was Non-Executive Chairman of Pharmacy Voice.

As a member of the RPS Wessex Steering Group and Wessex Local Professional Network Core Group, Paul has played an active role in developing the contribution of pharmacy and pharmacists to improving the health of local people through collaboration with other healthcare professionals, development of services and championing the role of pharmacy in illness prevention.

RPS President Martin Astbury said:
“I warmly welcome Paul to the role of Chief Executive of the RPS.  He brings a depth of understanding of the pharmacy sector, particularly rooted in community pharmacy.  Through his leadership roles he has developed a strong understanding of the importance of professional standards in changing times, the imperative to improve patient care and of the commercial and regulatory challenges and opportunities. I look forward to working closely with him and our members to continue to shape the future of the profession.”

Paul Bennett said:
“I am delighted that I have been invited to join the Royal Pharmaceutical Society as its new Chief Executive at this important time for the profession. As a pharmacist myself, I am passionate about the advancement of the science and practice of pharmacy and driven by an ambition to support pharmacists, wherever they may practice, to improve the public’s health and wellbeing.

“I look forward to working closely with the President, the Assembly, the National Pharmacy Boards and of course the great team of staff at the Society, to build upon the work done over recent times to support the development of pharmacists and continue the journey to build a viable and sustainable organisation. Together we will deliver the agreed strategy and further strengthen the position that the Society now occupies as the voice of the profession.

“One of my highest priorities will be engagement with members, and I look forward to meeting and hearing from as many members as possible. I strongly believe that an influential and effective professional leadership body listens to, and is responsive to, the voice of its members.”