Martin Astbury elected RPS president
Martin Astbury (left) has been elected president of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society today by members of the RPS Assembly. David Thomson was elected as Treasurer.
Commenting on his election, Mr Astbury said:Â â€œThere are profound technological, financial and legal changes on the horizon for pharmacists practising in all three nations of Great Britain. Over the coming years our three national RPS pharmacy boards will provide leadership in all these areas. I will champion the value of all pharmacists, supporting my colleagues across Great Britain, ensuring we provide a bright future for the profession.
â€œI recognise my responsibility in pulling the profession together to ensure our broad church feels part of a bigger picture. I have an important role to play facilitating work between the Boards, the Assembly, colleagues in the three countries and overseas ensuring we make the whole of the Society greater than the sum of our parts.
â€œI would like to pay tribute to Ash Soni, RPS immediate past president, who has set a very high standard by engaging with members at all stages of their careers, from the British Pharmaceutical Students Association to the Fellowship of the Society. The future of the Society as the professionâ€™s Royal College is a vision we both share, and I will play my part in full in making this a reality.â€
Ash Soni, outgoing president and member of RPS English Board said:Â â€œAs I hand over to a new President, I do so with a sense of pride borne from the Societyâ€™s achievements over the last two years. With a new five-year strategy published this year and a fabulous new home for the profession, we are at the beginning of a new chapter of the Societyâ€™s development. I would also like to thank the many pharmacists who have expressed their good wishes to me in recent weeks, I am humbled and touched by your kind words.â€