Numark's managing director John D’Arcy is stepping down from the role at the end of January 2018, after 10 years’ service with the group. However, he will remain as chairman for the next two years.
D'Arcy is credited with being hugely influential in shaping the business during his tenure, developing depth and breadth in the company’s product and service portfolio, to help support members through some challenging times and momentous industry change. Indeed, 2017 saw the Numark membership hit a record high reaching 3,400 members.
His career in pharmacy spans 37 years, beginning in 1980 when he qualified as a pharmacist. He undertook a number of community pharmacy management positions before joining the National Pharmacy Association (NPA) in 1990. D'Arcy specialised in supporting community pharmacies with legal, ethical and NHS issues and in 1994 gained a Bachelor of Laws (LLB). In 1996, he was appointed chief executive for the association.
After 17 years with the NPA, he joined Rowlands Pharmacy as commercial director and, after a brief interim spell at Numark in 2008, he was formally appointed Numark’s managing director in 2010.