Mark Lyonette has now taken up his position as the new chief executive of the National Pharmacy Association (NPA).
The NPA had been without a chief executive since 2014, when Mike Holden, the previous incumbent, left the role. From April 2014 until July 2017, David Simons led the Association on an interim basis as chief operating officer.
Lyonette will lead the NPA’s 120 staff from its base in St Alban’s, Hertfordshire, and support its board of management to serve the organisation’s members, who, according to the NPA, account for around half of all UK community pharmacies.
“I am looking forward to working with the board and the executive team to strengthen the NPA, and develop this vital service for its members and the patients they serve,” said Lyonette, who was previously chief executive of the Association of British Credit Unions.
Nitin Sodha, who replaced Ian Strachan as chair of the NPA in April 2018, said it was an exciting time for the NPA team and its members.
“Mark’s first task is to develop the capabilities and performance of the NPA in order to help transform the prospects of the pharmacy sector.
“He already has a wealth of experience leading trade associations and membership bodies and we look forward to seeing how he will rise to the challenge.”