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RPS appoints new chief executive

Paul Bennett has been appointed as the new chief executive of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS). He will take up his post at the beginning of July.

Mr Bennett joins the RPS from his position as chief officer of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight LPC. Prior to this, he was professional standards director and superintendent pharmacist at Boots UK. Additionally, Mr Bennett has held senior leadership roles and superintendent pharmacist positions at Safeway Stores Plc and E Moss Ltd.

In parallel to his executive career, Mr Bennett 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 NPA in 2008. He was a longstanding member of the PSNC, 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, he has helped to develop the contribution of pharmacy and pharmacists to improving the health of local people.

Commenting on his new appointment, Mr Bennett said: “I am delighted that I have been invited to join the RPS 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.

“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.”

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