Claire Anderson has been elected today as the new President of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) by the RPS Assembly.
Claire was previously Chair of the RPS English Pharmacy Board and is the second woman after outgoing President Sandra Gidley to be elected President of the RPS in its current form as the professional body.
In her address to the RPS Assembly Claire made the following ‘promise’:
“I will work with the Assembly, the three National Boards, and RPS staff and members, to lead the profession proactively, not just reacting to a changing policy landscape. We will be adaptive and agile, never afraid to innovate. We will expand our scope of influence while capitalising on our strong brand values, to ensure that the RPS is seen as essential – not only to pharmacy practice and pharmaceutical science, but also to everyone who uses medicines, and wherever pharmaceuticals are researched, developed, prescribed, administered and taken. With a thriving, engaged membership we will work with all involved in these processes, to influence change.”
Claire thanked Sandra Gidley for “her leadership and passion for our profession, particularly for leading our response to the pandemic.”
She stated that future priorities include expanding the scope of the influence RPS has, as well as focusing on implementing change, and advancing on the work the society is already doing around equality, diversity and inclusion.
“I promise to always be equitable in my decision making, to stand alongside all our members and be an ally, to amplify the voice of pharmacy, to advocate for change and to support future generations of pharmacists,” added the new President.
It is unclear how Assembly members voted.
You can read her full statement to the RPS Assembly here.