PSNC CEO steps down

PSNC is seeking a new Chief Executive to lead the organisation from October 2021, following the resignation of Simon Dukes.

Simon will remain in post until the end of September, and he is continuing to head up PSNC’s Negotiating Team, leading their work to agree on the arrangements for Year 3 of the five-year CPCF deal with the NHS and Government.

The Committee thanked Simon for the ‘tremendous’ contributions that he has and is continuing to make to the sector.

PSNC CEO Simon Dukes said:

“It has been an honour to serve as Chief Executive of PSNC for the last three years, and a genuine privilege to work with such a dedicated, knowledgeable, and unbelievably hard-working senior team and Committee. Deciding to step down was never going to be easy, but I do believe now is opportune. In addition to having time to prepare for high-level negotiations on the Contractual Framework beyond the five-year deal, a new CEO arriving in post later in 2021 will be able to engage fully with the changes that will emerge from the independent review. I wish nothing but success for PSNC, hard-working community pharmacists and their teams and the wider sector.”

PSNC Chair Sue Killen said:

“I would like to thank Simon for all that he has done, and is continuing to do, for community pharmacy.  The agreement of an unprecedented five-year Contractual Framework with guaranteed funding until 2024 has proved particularly valuable given current economic pressures. We will shortly be commencing a rigorous selection programme to find Simon’s replacement. This is a demanding but hugely rewarding role, balancing the extensive stakeholder engagement work needed to support the sector, with the tactical side of the negotiations, and of course leading a small and incredibly busy team doing complex but vital work. It also offers the chance to be part of a transformational change programme across community pharmacy. Alongside this recruitment process, the Committee and PSNC’s Negotiating Team are continuing to work closely with Simon to ensure that PSNC’s work, including the CPCF negotiations, continue apace.”

Mark Burdon, independent contractor and a Member of PSNC’s Appointments Panel said:

“PSNC’s Appointments Panel is made up of contractors and contractor representatives, so contractors and LPCs can be assured that we understand what is needed to do this important job. There are huge challenges ahead, including leading PSNC through what could be a significant change programme following the outputs of the Review Steering Group’s work, so there will be a lot for the new incumbent to juggle. We’re looking forward to hearing from potential candidates.”

Malcolm Harrison, CCA CEO, said:

“Simon has achieved much during his three years at the helm of PSNC and shown a real commitment to community pharmacy. I and everyone at the CCA wish him all the very best for the future.

“Simon’s departure leaves Sue Killen and the PSNC committee with some very big shoes to fill. I look forward to working alongside the new CEO of PSNC as we continue to collaboratively pursue a sustainable future for the sector.”

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