Diane Leicester-Hallam has announced she is set to leave the Pharmacists’ Defence Association as Director for Member Services and will shortly also leave the pharmacy sector.
Diane will move on to take the position of Executive Director at the Northern Consortium. This organisation is an educational charity focused on advancing access to education. The consortium is comprised of ten northern universities.
Diane joined the Pharmacists’ Defence Association as Director for Member Services in October 2018 after nine years as the Chief Executive of the pharmacy profession’s independent charity, Pharmacist Support.
During her time at the charity she successfully transformed the service offer to be much more relevant and responsive to the needs of today’s professionals, increasing the number of services, people supported and external recognition and support too.
Previous to this she enjoyed a career in the retail sector, before returning to education and graduating with a honours’ degree in law in 2000. This marked the start of a new career within the charity sector, initially as an advocate and specialist advisor, before moving into management at the Citizens Advice Bureau, then Help the Aged, where she lead a remote team of specialist caseworkers who delivered a financial literacy programme across the UK.
“I’m really grateful to all those who have supported me and made me so welcome in the sector. Thank you to all those who supported and helped me along the way. I’ve had the privilege of working with and learning from, so many amazing, dedicated people who have taught me so much.
“Pharmacy is a great profession and deserves more recognition. I hope my contribution has supported those that needed help most. I wish everyone well for the future.”
Johnathan Laird Managing Director of Pharmacy in Practice commented;
“Diane has been a complete breath of fresh air in her dealings with the pharmacy profession. I want to thank her for her care and support as a member of the Pharmacy in Practice editorial board. Many people, myself included, have benefitted from her advice, support and service over the years. She will be greatly missed from the sector.
“There are few people in pharmacy public life who have the skill and insight to cut through the myriad of complex and at time contentious issues in pharmacy but Diane has done this over the years with ease. Her achievements in the PDA and for a longer period in Pharmacist Support are well documented and should be celebrated.
“Diane’s passion is in charity work and whilst I was sad to hear that she will be leaving, I was delighted to hear that she had secured such an important future role. I, and I’m sure many others, wish her all the very best for the next stage in what has already been a remarkable career.”