Royal Pharmaceutical Society elects new president

Wednesday 17th July 2019

Sandra Gidley has been elected the new president of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society by representatives of the organisation’s members.

Ms Gidley, previously a member of the RPS’s English board, defeated one other candidate to gain the position.

In a statement, she said her priorities would be increasing engagement with members and growing membership, looking again at the advantages of Royal College status and promoting best practice by pharmacists.

Previous president Ash Soni was thanked for his “dedication and achievements”.

Ms Gidley wants the society to be “bolder and clearer” about what it stands for and do more to share best practice between the four UK nations.

“There are huge challenges ahead as the profession faces challenges from funding cuts, reorganisations and increasing demand,” she said.

“In order to ensure that we are able to help our members we need clarity of purpose as an organisation and full commitment to that purpose. I am committed to making our organisation and our profession succeed and I hope you will entrust me with leading that challenge.”