The boss of the UK’s leading fraud prevention service, Cifas, is to be the new chief executive of the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiation Committee (PSNC).
Simon Dukes, who has run the organisation since 2013, will take over from the PSNC’s retiring chief executive, Sue Sharpe, in May 2018.
Before joining Cifas, Dukes worked for the government in a number of roles from counter-terrorism to serious crime investigations to public affairs.
He was head of cyber security for the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure.
Dukes said he hoped to develop an NHS community pharmacy service for the future when he joined the PSNC.
“Community pharmacies perform a vital role for the citizen and I am very pleased indeed to have been selected as the new CEO for PSNC,” he said.
The PSNC first announced in May 2017 that Sharpe would resign at the end of 2017 having led the organisation since 2001.
She said the new CEO would bring “fresh thinking and strong leadership” from outside the health sector.
PSNC chair Mike Pitt, said the organisation’s appointments panel was “unanimous in agreeing that Simon had all the qualities we were seeking, and would be the right person to lead the work of PSNC in the demanding environment community pharmacy faces.
“The committee too approved the appointment unanimously, and we look forward to working with Simon,” he said.